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Artémis Domaines and Maisons & Domaines Henriot unite their wine estates

Published:  04 October, 2022

The Pinault and Henriot families, owners of Artémis Domaines and Maisons & Domaines Henriot, respectively, have merged their wine estates, effective from September 30, 2022.

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Amarone has an image problem, says leading producer

Published:  03 October, 2022

The Amarone della Valpolicella category needs to embrace change and restore its former global cachet, according to Stefano Cesari, owner of Brigaldara winery in the Veneto region.

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Nick Gillett: Greenwashing – are you looking a little grubby?

Published:  03 October, 2022

‘Net Zero’, ‘Carbon reduction’, ‘Sustainability’, and ‘Offsetting’ – all good stuff and we’re now used to bandying these terms around like they’re going out of fashion. But whilst brands are waxing lyrical about their green credentials and how they’re busy saving the planet, how many actually are?

Whether intentionally or not, more than a few drinks brands at best ‘polishing’ their green credentials to look better than they are – and some are just lying. Beyond misleading conscious consumers and reaping undeserved competitive advantages, it pisses me off, because it’s actively halting the industry’s Net Zero progress which is where we should be placing our focus.

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Armit welcomes new agencies from the southern Rhône

Published:  03 October, 2022

Armit Wines, renowned for its strong Italian portfolio, has signed an agreement to represent to Domaine le Prieuré des Papes and Domaine de la Pousterle in the UK.

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Fine wine policy institute releases global sustainability report

Published:  03 October, 2022

Areni Global, a think tank dedicated to the future of fine wine, has released a ground-breaking report examining the major threats, and opportunities, facing the sector today.

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Gosset Matchmakers 2022 winners announced

Published:  30 September, 2022

A chef and sommelier team from Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester has been crowned the winners of Gosset Matchmakers 2022, beating out tough competition from peers in Hampshire and Edinburgh.

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Pernod predicts return to form for Christmas spirit(s)

Published:  30 September, 2022

Pernod Ricard is banking on the return of a pre-pandemic Christmas atmosphere this year, with its festive campaigns revealing a heavy focus on leveraging treating behaviours amid a tense economy, bouyed by the world cup.

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Affordable Burgundy leads the charge for fine wine

Published:  30 September, 2022

Burgundy emerged as the dominant force in fine wine investment for September, Winecap has revealed in the latest analysis of its fine wine index, Wine Track, as the region grows its reputation as the leading investment area for price performance on the secondary market.

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Champagne outperforms gold during Covid

Published:  29 September, 2022

Globally, we may have not been swinging from the chandeliers much over the past two years. When it comes to the secondary market however, Champagne has undergone a period of intense transformation to become one of the most attractive propositions for fine wine investors.

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Armit rolls out big hitters and ‘future stars’ at London tasting

Published:  29 September, 2022

Italian specialist Armit Wines unveiled a raft of new wines at its London tasting this autumn, in addition to library vintages and big formats, while billing the ‘New Fine Wines of the Future’ among its new and existing agencies.

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Aldi launches 70 new wines with the help of consumers

Published:  28 September, 2022

Newly minted Big Four retailer Aldi has unveiled its newest roster of seasonal wines, but this time with a twist in the wine-buying tale.

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Waitrose spreads its bets this winter

Published:  28 September, 2022

Waitrose is doubling down on its strategy of offering ‘something for everyone’ at all price points, with a mixture of promotions and everyday low-price sales remaining key to the retailer’s approach this autumn in store and through Waitrose Cellar.

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Longest serving MW passes away

Published:  28 September, 2022

David Burns has passed away, after a long and varied career in the wine trade, also having been the youngest and oldest to hold the coveted MW title. 

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Theatre of Wine celebrates hitting 20

Published:  28 September, 2022

London’s Theatre of Wine has turned 20, marking two decades since founder Daniel Illsley founded the merchant in Greenwich following the new wave of wine interest created by Oddbins and Majestic.

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Drinks hold out over food in cost-of-living crisis

Published:  28 September, 2022

On-trade drinking occasions are holding up despite the cost-of-living crisis, according to drinks insights agency, Proof Insight.

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Global Conference on Wine Tourism focuses on sustainability and ancillary benefits

Published:  26 September, 2022

As the world's wine tourism sector rights itself in the wake of the climate crisis, Covid, and political conflicts, last week's 6th United Nations World Tourism Organization's (UNWTO) Global Conference on Wine Tourism found 30 speakers from around the world focused upon innovations of Sustainability, Creativity, and Communication. Hosted by Maddalena Fossati, director of Italy's Conde Nast Traveller and La Cucina Italiana, it drew over 300 participants to Alba mostly from throughout Europe with a simple majority hailing from Italy.

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Nyetimber predicts record-breaking UK sparkling crop in 2022

Published:  26 September, 2022

Sparkling wine brand Nyetimber is poised to harvest a record area of vines – 325 hectares – to produce well over one million bottles of fizz from vintage 2022.

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Burgundy optimistic about 2022 vintage, despite August heatwave

Published:  26 September, 2022

Early indications suggest that Burgundy will produce a good volume of high-quality wine from the 2022 vintage, exceeding initial expectations.

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Freeze on alcohol duty in mini-budget

Published:  23 September, 2022

Planned increases in alcohol duty have been ditched by new Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng in his mini-budget, as unveiled on 23 September.

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Master of Malt releases trends report with rum and tequila on the rise

Published:  23 September, 2022

Master of Malt, the online spirits retailer, has released its Q3 report, providing a valuable snapshot into the state of the drinks industry.

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