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The New Bulgarian Wine Tasting

A Trade tasting of wines from Bulgaria was held in London last week and I attended looking for some "new kids on the block" and some updates on producers already known to us for the next edition of Wine behind the label. I took the opportunity to taste the new

David's Blog

Oregon & Washington State Wines – Part 1

    March saw the latest annual tasting of wines from the Pacific North West. I am going to do a round up of new discoveries from both states. This first part focuses on Oregon. The wines from these wineries will be included in the next editions of Wine behind

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Q & A with Dani Landi winemaking partner and owner at Comando G and Dani Landi Wines in Spain

As part of the 10th edition of  Wine Behind The Label we selected 16 highly talented winemakers who have consistently been able to produce five and sometimes, super five star wines for extra recognition. The second of who we profile here, Dani Landi, winemaker and partner at Comando G and making wines under his own label Dani Landi wines at the Vinos de Madrid and Méntrida DOs in the Sierra de Gredos Mountains.   Where and when were you born? Madrid, in 1977 What was your first encounter with wine? My memories

France's Henriot buys major share in Oregon's Beaux Frères

French company Maisons & Domaines Henriot has muscled its way into the American wine market, with the acquisition of a majority ownership stake in one of Oregon’s key Pinot Noir producers Beaux Frères for an undisclosed sum.. The sale includes the winery in Newberg and around 35 acres of vines. Winemaker and cofounder Michael Etzel will remain a partner, while French-Canadian investor Robert Roy sold his shares and Etzel’s brother-in-law, wine critic Robert Parker retains only a small percentage of his. Etzel said that his two partners approached him about

UK consumers embrace online wine shopping

Brits are three times more likely to buy wine online than the global average, with more than one in five UK consumers (21%) having bought alcohol online behind only China (27%) and Japan (22%). This is according to a report from global e-commerce analytics firm Profitero, in conjunction with Nielsen, which revealed that the global average is only around 8%, according to Nielsen’s Global Connected Commerce study surveyed more than 30,000 respondents with online access in 63 countries. “This makes alcoholic beverages one of the least-shopped categories in e-commerce, but

New Zealand exports to US leapfrog those from Australia for the first time

The news will have your average Australian winemaker spluttering into his Chardonnay, but for the first time exports of New Zealand wines to the US have oustripped those from Australia. The value of New Zealand wine exports to the US leapfrogged those of their Antipodean neighbour for the first time last year, according to  industry analysts Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates.   [caption id="attachment_17129" align="aligncenter" width="740"] Cloudy Bay was one of the first premium brands to put New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc on the map[/caption] While New Zealand’s wines leaped 11% to $400m,

Global wine production drops as adverse weather takes its toll

Poor weather conditions took its toll on worldwide wine production last year, with volumes dropping by 3.2% in total according to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV).  Argentina, Brazil, France and Hungary were amongst those countries hit particularly hard. France’s output tumbled particularly heavily, by 3.5 million hectolitres (mhl) and Argentina, the world’s ninth biggest wine producer, recording a drop in output of 3.9 mhl.   South America's grape harvests were badly effected by the El Nino weather phenomenon, as well as high levels of humidity, according to

Producers across Italy look to sparkling wine to capitalise on the success of Prosecco

The enormous success of Prosecco is encouraging Italian winemakers in other regions of the country to look at capitalising on its popularity by making sparkling wine alternatives of its own. It is not just the fact that sparkling wine and Prosecco sales are booming it is also the fact that sales of still Italian wines in export markets are falling. For example, figures show that last year exports of Italian sparkling wine grew by over 21%, compared to just 4.3% for still wine.   Simply switching production is not as

White wines are driving growth for Bordeaux in the UK as it looks to spread its mainstream appeal

The UK became Bordeaux’s biggest European export market as well as the second largest global export market for its white wines last year, importing more than three million bottles in the process, according to new figures released by its leading wine body the Conseil Interprofessional du Vin de Bordeaux (CIVB) In 2016 the UK imported 3.7 million bottles of white Bordeaux, making it the biggest European market for the region’s whites and only just behind the biggest market in the world, the US, which imported four million bottles in 2016.

Wine Behind The Label celebrates 14 years with new guide and re-launched website

Wine Behind The Label has revamped its website with a new look and feel to help bring more of the unique and detailed content contained in the overall guide in to smaller, digestible downloadable information for both wine professionals and enthusiasts alike. Wine Behind The Label has just published its 10th guide, covering over 4,000 producers and 18,000 wines, which together arguably offers the most comprehensive, and up to date, information on the majority of the world’s most important, influential and award winning wineries, producers and wine regions around the

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