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Report on our Sancerre Dinner


We held our Sancerre dinner on "The Yacht" London on July 27th which was a rip-roaring success. Christophe Mangeart, who is the director and winemaker for the Sancerre cooperative, took us through the wines to show the diversity of the appellation. Starting off with a fruity "Guillopées" 2016 Rosé to

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Spain – 2017 Highlights from the Tastings – Cataluña


This is the first of a number blog articles covering new discoveries from a number of tastings over the spring and early summer including the Fenavin Wine Fair (recently reviewed), the Viñateros tasting in London, the recent London Wine Fair as well as samples sent in from wineries. These bodegas

Wine News from around the World
Duckhorn acquires Calera

The big winery news this week for readers of Wine behind the label is the acquisition of the Calera winery, producer of some cult Pinot Noirs by the Duckhorn winery group. The Calera winery was established by Josh Jenson in 1975 when he planted vines on limestone rich soils and at significant altitude near the small town of Salinas, inland just to the north-west of Monterey. At the time it was a very unusual approach for a winery owner in California. The reputation of Calera is based on now six

Antinori purchases Haras de Pirque in the Maipo Valley

Tuscan giant invests further in the Maipo Valley Regular Wine behind the label readers will be interested in this recent snippet of news. The sizeable (well very sizeable) Tuscan merchant house of Antinori has increased its investment in the Chilean Haras de Pirque winery acquiring 100% ownership in the property. In order to give readers an up to date view of both operations we include below the text profiles of both from the latest 10th edition of Wine behind the label. As well as its extensive interests in Italy Antinori

Creating the blend:

The story of transformation in the South African Winelands A fascinating article and video about the development of the South African wine industry over the past two and a half decades. Thanks to Wines of South Africa.     The South African wine industry has come a long way since 1994. Inclusivity, upliftment and growth of our industry and its people are at the forefront. While there is still much to be done, we should also recognise the many entities that consistently aid the wellbeing and positive growth of the

Big wine + flat screen TVs seizure – Jim Budd reports

          Report from Kent Police on an alleged large distribution fraud – wine and flat screen TVs:       Policing news  Goods recovered in fraud investigation fill four lorries 24 Jul 2017 Items including tens of thousands of bottles of wine and the latest flat screen televisions have been seized by Kent Police following search warrants at warehouses in Horsmonden and Brenchley. Officers from the Serious and Organised Crime Unit have also recovered commodities including shipments of marble tiles and even air conditioning units, as part of an investigation

New Cava classification announced

Cavas de Paraje Calificado Mid July has just seen the announcement by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fishing, Food and Environment in Spain of 12 “Grand Cru” sites to be recognized under Cava DO, Cava de Paraje Calificado. It is intended these site-specific wines will be the pinnacle of the appellation and differentiated from Gran Reservas which are not. These are just regulated by ageing periods and whether the wine is dry, vintage and so on. The Paraje Calficado wines though will be subject the strictest requirements yet from the DO

Wine Investment is on the up

From it's nadir in 2012, wine investments have steadily increased in value. It's not been even all round - traditional Bordeaux wines have been patchy but the increases from the rest of the world - particularly Burgundy. led by the Domaine de la Romanée Conti - have been very encouraging. Here is the latest report from Liv-Ex. http://www.insights.liv-ex.com/2017/07/liv-ex-1000-gains-1-1-june-led-rest-world-50.html?mc_cid=08d8f03123&mc_eid=292cc64c44 As usual - a note of caution - if you want to invest in wine (a) don't put more than 5% of your wealth into it. Prices can go down as well as

Amazon launches its own branded wine range in US

Not content with dominating the world book and electronics market - and pretty much everything else in between - online retail behemoth Amazon has just muscled its way into a new arena – producing and selling its own brand of wine. [caption id="attachment_17972" align="aligncenter" width="677"] King Wine Estate in Oregon, where Amazon's Next wine range is produced[/caption] The company has teamed up with Oregon’s largest winery King Estate Winery, to develop a line of three wines under their new brand, “Next”: a Pinot Gris, a red blend, and a Pinot

South Africa's Old Vine Project looks to the country's past to secure its future

Those fortunate enough to attend last week's tasting hosted by Wines of South Africa to celebrate the The Old Vine Project (OVP) in London have described it is one of the most interesting and exciting events in year. Particularly if you are interested in seeing what terroir and age can do to wines produced from grapes from vines that go back at least 30 year. The project has been going for some 15 years, but has been given a new lease of life by Andrew Morgenthal and Jaco Engelbrecht as they continue

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