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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on

Published:  21 February, 2014

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.


Sadly, this week marked the passing of Michael Cox, the European head of the Wines of Chile, who lost his battle with cancer.

Fine wine prices fall in January for first time in 12 years: For the the first time in 12 years the Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 index fell by 0.9% in January, a traditionally strong month.

McWilliam's switches from PLB to Kingsland Wines & Spirits:Australian winery McWilliam's has moved its UK business from PLB to Kingsland Wines & Spirits.

Financial corner:

This week Treasury Wine Estates released their quarterly financials and announced the appointment of the new chief executive. Rioja still top performing region in the UK:

Half year operating profits significantly down at Treasury Wine Estates: Half-year operating profits at Treasury Wine Estates fell by 38% to A$45.8 million, which it blamed on increased marketing and distribution investment and challenging conditions in Asia and Australia.  

Treasury Wine Estates appoints industry outsider as new chief executive:Treasury Wine Estates has appointed industry outsider Michael Clarke, veteran of Kraft Foods and Coca-Cola, as its new managing director and chief executive.

Rioja sales to UK flat in 2013 but remains in top spot: Rioja sales to the UK were flat in 2013, but it remains the region's top performing foreign market accounting for one third of its exports.

Q&As subscriber only content:

Ricardo Baettig, chief winemaker at Chile's Viña Morandé: Ricardo Baettig talks about the 2014 harvest, experimental techniques and new grape varieties coming to the fore, and how people perceive Chilean wine.

John Valentine, founder of Winetrust100: Set up in March 2013, Winetrust100 gathers experts to seek out the world's top 100 wines based on the price quality ratio. Founder John Valentine tells Dominic Weaver how it works.


This week Jerry Lockspeiser talks about preconceptions and wine appeal and Caroline Gilby takes us to central and Eastern Europe.

Jerry Lockspeiser: when it comes to liking wine preconceptions are everything

Caroline Gilby goes on a Voyage tasting around central and Eastern Europe

Reviews  & Openings

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