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

Published:  29 July, 2016

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.

Top Stories: Some our most read stories this week include a boss "doing the right thing by our people" by giving away his bonus, a dip in French wine production and the announcement that the Comité Champagne won't be running it's annual London trade event this year.

Majestic boss to hand over bonus to staff

Outrage as the London Annual Champagne Tasting is cancelled

Cava's upcoming new classification meeting mixed reaction from trade

French wine production expected to drop 8% for 2016 due to poor spring weather

UK loses €25 million in spirits and €62 million in wine sales thanks to counterfeiting



Family wineries: There happened to be many developments involving family wineries this week, especially in Australia. Casella Family Brands announced that they had acquired full ownership of iconic Australian Morris Wines and Hallgarten Druitt took over from Hallowed Ground representing small volume, family run Australian wineries in the UK. Elsewhere, Miguel Torres Maczassek, general manager of Bodegas Torres, spoke about playing the long game and re-planting a pre-phylloxera grape variety uncovered 20 years ago.

Casella Family Brands acquires and avoids closure of iconic Morris Wines

Bodegas Torres reintroduces ancestral red grape uncovered 20 years ago

Hallgarten Druitt plugs "embarrassing" gap in Australian portfolio

Top wine consultant and professor Denis Dubourdieu dies aged 67

Opinion & Q&As: Continung the theme of family wineries, this week saw the second half of our Family Affair four-part series, making it onto the website, starting with a look at Wakefield Wines in Clare Valley.

Family Affair Part 3: Mitchell Taylor, managing director, Wakefield Wines, Clare Valley

Family Affair Part 4: Miguel Torres Maczassek, general manager, Bodegas Torres


Erin Smith asked is cash or profit margin king when it comes to the on-trade? and Jo Gilbert took a look at whether wine preservation systems entice or alienate customers.