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

Published:  14 March, 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.


Wine in danger of losing share to other categories, says report:Generation Y - 18 to 35 year-olds - has an overall lack of engagement with wine, according to a study carried out for London Wine Fair.

Up to 40 wineries look to be granted the new Cape Vintner Classification in South Africa:Between 30 and 40 South African wineries are expected to be granted the prestigious new Cape Vintner Classification, launched last December, after the disbandment of the old Cape Wine Producers' Association.

Sud de France to invest more funds to drive distribution in independents and the on-trade:The Sud de France promotional body in the UK hopes to capitalise on the good 2013 vintage in the region to help build up distribution in independents and the on-trade during the rest of 2014.

Financial corner:


This week Campari buys FCD, Constellation Brands hits a 52-week high and Bargain Booze set to pay bonuses: 

Campari acquires Canadian whiskey brand for $170 million

Constellation Brands stock hits 52-week high

Bargain Booze franchisees set for bonus payment

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How California's wine kings lead the industry: When it comes to innovation, California holds all the trump cards. Erin Smith visits winemakers, technologists and designers across the region to find out why.

Why peer and consumer reviews are becoming crucial to online success: With an abundance of sites encouraging online reviews, wine consumers are listening to each other when it comes to shopping on the web. Gemma McKenna reports.

How growth in tapas is driving consumer understanding of Spanish wine: UK consumers are just discovering that Spain's wine regions offer as much diversity, quality and value as its tapas. Andrew Catchpole reports


This week Pippa Hayward looks at why Spanish wines have been so successful, Richard Foster takes a trip down memory lane and recants introducing his daughter to pubs, and Heather Dougherty takes a look at Chilean winemaking:

Pippa Hayward: Why Spain has prospered whilst others have failed

Richard Foster: The first 20 pubs I visited with my daughter

Heather Dougherty: Radical winemaking in Chile with Marcelo Retamal