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Rioja celebrates a “superb” vintage with great weather for quality grapes

Unusually good weather, exceptional condition of the grapes and staggered picking has resulted in a “superb” Rioja harvest. In total, 442.4m kg of grapes were picked, which was turned into 318.5m litres of wine according to the DOCa Rioja.   Both the quantity and quality of this year’s crop have been described as “highly satisfactory”, […]

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New Zealand producers count the cost of latest earthquake to hit the South Island

New Zealand is still counting the cost of what was potentially a devastating earthquake of 7.5 magnitude that hit the country’s South Island on Sunday night. However, early signs are the wine community has had a narrow escape other than a wine spillages, lost tanks and barrels. The quake could not have come at a […]

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Piedmont celebrates bumper 2016 harvest and a good year for Barolos

Wine producers in Piedmont in north west Italy are celebrating what they say is going to be a good, strong harvest, with grapes for their Barolo wines looking particularly healthy. Wine growers  across the region have been largely happy with the outcome of the harvest, reporting a bumper crop in some places and overall good high […]

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Chile and Argentina enjoy flying sales in UK off-trade

South American wines from Chile and Argentina were the two stand out performers in the UK off-trade in the last year, according to the latest figures from IRI. Chile’s performance saw enter the top five best selling countries in the UK for the first time with sales up 4.5% by value to £441 million in […]

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Bordeaux on course for a “great vintage” after ideal growing conditions

The 2016 Bordeaux harvest has been described as “a great vintage in the making” by the Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB). Several factors conspired to create the ideal growing conditions, including uniform flowering, a dry sunny summer, evenly occurring veraison and the Indian summer which led to optimal ripeness in each plot and grape variety. And […]

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World wine volumes down to four year low as bad weather hits vintages around the globe

The overall global wine production for 2016 is going to be 5% smaller after adverse weather conditions have hit most parts of the southern hemisphere. The situation has been seen as further evidence of climate change, with South American countries, including Chile and Argentina particularly badly hit. The estimates have been made by the International Organisation […]

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Beaujolais leads new French export drive in to the UK and reports strong 2016 vintage

It seems the UK wine drinkers are falling back in love with French wine, which will a mixture of comfort and frustration to producers reeling from the worst vintage in the country since 2012. Latest wine export figures from Business France show Beaujolais was up 18% in volume and 20% in value between 2014 and […]

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How to Taste Wine

How to Taste Wine So, want to learn how to taste and evaluate a glass of wine like an expert? Easy. Follow our wine tasting tips below but before you start sipping, make sure you’re in the right tasting environment. By Paul Gregutt So, want to learn how to taste and evaluate a glass of […]

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Where is the Birthplace of Wine?

(CNN)Out on the fringes of Europe, the former Soviet Republic of Georgia is a country shrouded in mystery. “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Sandwiched between the Caucasus Mountains to the north, the Black Sea to the west and dry deserts to the south, this small country, which borders Russia, Azerbaijan, […]

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Welsh vineyards ‘could increase to 50 by 2035’ – BBC News

Wales could have 50 vineyards in 20 years’ time, according to one grower who is selling Welsh wine to France. Richard Morris, from Ancre Hill estates winery near Monmouth, said other countries with similar climates, such as Nova Scotia in Canada, have already developed a successful wine industry. There are about 17 vineyards in Wales, […]

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When in drought: the California farmers who dont water their crops

Dry farming forgoes modern irrigation and, farmers say, produces much tastier crops. In a drought-stricken state, should others follow suit? Theres something different about Will Bucklins grape vines. At first its hard to notice, but a drive through northern Californias Sonoma Valley, past waves of green, manicured vineyards, makes it clear. The black ribbon of […]

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Wine Compound Resveratrol’s Latest Role: Killer of Leukemia Cells

Chinese researchers find the organic compound inhibits growth of most-common childhood cancer Resveratrol, an organic compound found in grape skins and wine, has shown promise in treating multiple maladies. But scientists are still laboring to understand how it works and how to harness those healing properties. Now a team of researchers in China has discovered […]

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A Second Look at Washington Syrah

Just a few years ago, Americans were shunning syrah. Consumers had turned a grass-roots cold shoulder to the wines, and without a pop-culture shove from the equivalent of “Sideways,” the 2004 movie in which an anti-merlot jeremiad sent sales reeling. The collective verdict seemed to be that American syrah was simply not very good, distinctive […]

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Albariño ‘can make Spain’s best-quality sparkling’

Albariño has the potential to eclipse Cava and produce Spain’s best-quality sparkling wine, a leading Rias Baixas winemaker has said. Paula Fandiño, head winemaker at Mar de Frades, said Albariño’s growing reputation for producing high-quality white still wine, combined with its unique freshness, presents a big opportunity for producers using the grape to make wine […]

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California, Oregon and Washington wines shine at Go West Tasting

At yesterday’s Go West! annual tasting California, Oregon and Washington wines emphasised that wines from west coast of the USA are gaining traction in the UK market. Over 300 wines were poured on site and exhibitors across the board seemed pleased at the venue becoming increasingly crowded over the course of the day. The success […]

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