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

Published:  04 April, 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.

April's Fools stories that topped the chart this week:

Bees could help speed up the ageing of wine finds new research: Two of England's high profile Masters of Wine have announced a radical new method of accelerating the ageing of wine - with the help of a hive of bees.

MW students to be voted either "in" or "out" by final BBC Voice-style judging panel: Final year Masters of Wine students will have to face the wine trade's equivalent of the BBC's The Voice in order to stand a chance of being accepted in to the Institute of Masters of Wine.


Pressure on wine shipments mounts as US ports still deadlocked over contracts

Ardbeg to release limited edition 'Auriverdes' as its tribute to the Brazilian World Cup

Chilean wine exports to UK fall by one third in 2013

En Primeur:

Bordeaux university brutally honest over poor 2013 vintage

En primeur: rapid campaign to unfold, but no demand

En primeur: Château Gazin's €1 drop 'insufficient'

Opinion and Q&As:

This week Tim Atkin MW and Guy Woodward tell why they think en primeur needs to be reformed and Gareth Morgan talks about the drawback of older vintages missing from regular tastings:

Tim Atkin MW: on why the en primeur system is not working

Guy Woodward: on why he thinks the en primeur system is a "con" and a "sham"

Gareth Morgan: discusses the drawbacks of older vintages being absent in wine classes