News from around the web


News from around the web

News from South Africa, France and Australia

South African Wine Industry Recently Faced Further Total Alcohol Ban The South African wine business recently faced a further 14 day ban on alcohol sales since the start of the pandemic last year. Vinpro, a non-profit company representing close to 2,600 South African wine producers, cellars and industry stakeholders noted, in a recent statement, that […]

News – featuring English Wine Week

It is English Wine week so we bring you some English news!   In May the Langham Wine Estate released the first kegs of a Col Fondo wine. “In a bid to encourage more people to drink English sparkling wine at an affordable price, the innovative Dorset wine estate is producing a unique Col Fondo […]

Recent News

Climate change continues to cause extreme weather conditions across the globe and in April widespread frost wreaked havoc across Europe. In France winegrowers in Champagne, Burgundy, the Rhône Valley, Languedoc-Roussillon experienced sub-zero temperatures during April which are expected to impact on yields across France.   CIVB, Bordeaux’s regional body has reported that between 30% and […]

Recent news and some helpful links

The Bollinger family, who own Champagne Bollinger and four other French estates, has recently announced it is acquiring Oregon’s Ponzi Vineyards. This acquisition marks Bollinger’s first winery in the US which includes the Ponzi winery and hospitality facilities 40 minutes from Portland, Oregon, in addition to 35 acres of vineyard land in the newly established […]

A unique offer for Wine Collectors – Tant Pis!

TANT PIS! This unique wine was made in 1995 by a collaboration of two of California’s great winemakers and winegrowers, John Alban of Alban Vineyards and Manfred Krankl of Sine Qua Non. This is a very rare opportunity to acquire a magnum of this wine. It is also an opportunity to find the wine away […]

Germany 2019 vintage

Wines of Germany have brought early news of what looks like it could be a very good vintage. This is their harvest roundup and you can download region details in the pdf download link at the bottom of the article. 2019 Harvest Report by Winegrowing Regions 12/06/2019 – Germany’s 2019 vintage will be remembered for its […]

Pahlmeyer acquired and news of Wine behind the label new guide

The very well established Pahlmeyer winery based in the southern stretches of the Napa Valley has been acquired by E & J Gallo who are adding to their premium winery holdings. Included in the purchase was the winery portfolio of brands and a lease of the Atlas Peak Waters Ranch vineyard. Gallo will also continue […]

Snippets from the 2019 Vintage

A Couple of News Snippets from the 2019 Vintage  It’s harvest time in Montalcino. Bindocci: “It will be a great vintage” The harvest is in full swing in Montalcino and grape growers are hard at work picking, which as far as Sangiovese destined for Brunello is concerned, will continue throughout the first ten days of […]

Neville Blech (7th July 1937 – 6th September 2019)

Wine behind the label co-editor, leading contributor and managing director Neville Blech passed away on Friday morning, 6th September at the age of 82. He had been battling cancer for a number of years. He was a qualified chartered accountant whose very considerable knowledge and expertise encompassed both food and wine. He subsequently becamea successful […]

Very sad news

I am very sad to inform you that our co-editor, colleague and friend Neville Blech passed away on Friday morning, 6th September. He had been battling cancer for a number of years. The Wine behind the label team will miss him immensely. We shall continue to develop Wine behind the label and as always, we had […]

Fourcas Dupré bought by a Breton entrepreneur.

On July 31, 2019, Gérard Jicquel acquired Château Fourcas Dupré in Listrac-Medoc. This French entrepreneur is a co-founder and partner (with Christian Roulleau who acquired Château Dauzac in Margaux at the beginning of the year) from the group SAMSIC, leader of integrated services to companies and sponsor of the Arkéa-Samsic cycling team. This very discreet […]

Champagne Deutz – News of Flowering

The leading Champagne house of Deutz have just sent us their assessment of the 2019 season vine flowering. This is what they report.   “Should we now consider hard winters to be a thing of the past? That is the question we can legitimately be asking ourselves this year. We certainly didn’t have any really […]

News of Wine Paris 2020

For wine merchants, buyers and restaurants we are bringing you some advanced details of the substantial Paris based wine fair held early next year. Here then comes news of the event from the organisers. After a successful inaugural event and with 7 months to go before it officially opens, WINE PARIS is more than ever […]

Maison Boisset acquiring Alex Gambal

The Boisset wine group is in the course of completing the purchase of the small American owned Burgundy producer Alex Gambal. The Boisset family has significant winery investments in France and in California with a vineyard area of over 700 ha. They also have an involvement in leading wine writer Steven Spurriers English sparkling wine […]

The London Wine Fair 2019

The London Wine Fair is a  great event for discovering new wineries and renewing our acquaintance with old ones. During the three days of this event we tasted many wines and we will, in due course, be writing up our assessments of the wines we tasted. Listed below are wineries which we have highlighted and […]

Bargain of the week, the month, the year, the century?

A customer who ordered a bottle of Ch. Pichon Lalande 2001 at £260 in the Manchester branch of Hawksmoor Restaurants, received a whopping bonus by getting a bottle of Ch. Le Pin 2001, on the wine list at £4,500, by mistake. Le Pin is a cult wine, highly priced for its quality and scarcity value […]

Are The Lancet’s Alcohol Consumption Forecasts Inflated?

We thought this report from the IWSR, the leading source of data and intelligence on the alcoholic beverage market, was interesting referring to a new study published in the medical journal The Lancet which reports a considerable upsurge in the global consumption of alcoholic drinks. However, the IWSR figures indicate “Many drinks operators are now […]

Clarendelle, Inspired by Haut-Brion unveils its new emblem

Domaine Clarence Dillon, the family company owner of Château Haut-Brion, Château La Mission Haut-Brion and Château Quintus, is pleased to announce a distinctive new brand identity for the wines of Clarendelle, Inspired by Haut-Brion. The new logo, adorned by a crown and two majestic lions, is borrowed from the Dillon family coat of arms and provides a […]

Want your limited edition, own label, batch of Champagne?

If you would like to show your family and friends that you have a unique own label batch of Champagne from a well thought of small producer, then head down to Le Mesnil-sur-Oger on June 14th to bid for the right to have a lot of 216 bottles of Champagne tailor made for you by […]

Organic Wine Forecasted to Reach 87.5m Cases Globally by 2022

This is a report from the ISWR, who track total beverage alcohol trends through granular volume, value and forecast data and insights spanning over 150 countries. European Markets Drive Demand and Growth London, UK – Though organic wines represent a small subset of the total global still wine industry, new research from IWSR Drinks Market […]

How to turn Value for Money Wines into Exceptional Value for Money Wines

The other day I received an email from Waitrose Cellar offering 25% discount on all wines provided you ordered at least 6 bottles (not all of the same wine either)   They do list a number of wines which rate as value for money on our Value for Money Wines Pro App, but I wondered […]

John Shafer RIP – a personal tribute

John Shafer passed away on Monday at the ripe old age of 94. My first meeting with John was in the mid ‘nineties when he appointed me and my company, The Wine Treasury, to be his agent and distributor in the UK for Shafer Vineyards. We were just beginning to make a name for ourselves […]

Legal Cannabis Poses a Long-Term Risk to All Beverage Alcohol Categories in the U.S.

This is a report from the ISWR, who track total beverage alcohol trends through granular volume, value and forecast data and insights spanning over 150 countries. 37% of Alcohol Drinkers in Legal Cannabis States Also Consume Cannabis, Expected to Grow as Marijuana Acceptance Expands New York, NY – Though legal cannabis is currently only a […]

Gianfranco Soldera dies at the age of 82

One of the most controversial of Brunello’s wine producers, Gianfranco Soldera has just died at the age of 82. His estate of just 8ha produced wines sourced from some of Montalcino’s best slopes (next to Gaja’s PIEVE SANTA RESTITUTA), the grapes are grown organically with great effort going into not only maximising the fruit quality […]

Cornas legend passes at 93

Auguste Clape was a true legend of not only the appellation of Cornas but of the whole northern Rhône Valley. He passed away this month at the age of 93. Terraced Cornas vines key to the quality of the Clape wines Clape made traditional Cornas of remarkable quality, complexity and the ability to evolve with […]

A significant auction of old DRC wines

A significant auction of old DRC wines are coming up for auction by Sotheby’s in New York on October 13th This October, Sotheby’s will present rare Domaine de la Romanée-Conti wines from the personal cellar of Robert Drouhin in a dedicated auction of 100 lots.  This exceptionally-rare selection was acquired by Mr. Drouhin and his father, Maurice, […]

Contrôles de l’absence de francisation des vins importés

I couldn’t help but chortle when I read an article in decanter.com about the DGCCRF (the French wine police) finding that some retailers and restaurants are passing off Spanish wine as French. You can read the whole article on https://www.decanter.com/wine-news/spanish-wine-france-fraud-dgccrf-396795/?utm_campaign=20180710_XDC-X_NWL_NW_dailynewsalert&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ET What was particularly funny to me was the reporting that “results of the latest investigation could […]

Ackerman Group rebrands with orchids

On 7th December 2017) the Ackerman Group, the largest Loire owned and based négociant company (2016 turnover 44.7 million euros), announced a rebranding exercise. The rebranding is designed to highlight their top of the range wines under the banner – Orchidées Maisons. Over a number of years Ackerman has been busy expanding its activities by acquiring […]

Ch. de Fieuzal will release no wine from the 2017 vintage

Château de Fieuzal, one of the top cru classés in Pessac-Léognan, owned by Lochlann Quinn and his family, has announced that there will be no wine released  from the 2017 harvest because of severe frost damage to its crop on 27th April.   It’s rare when a producer decides not to release ANY  of its wine […]

A first at Château Clerc Milon: TED, a prototype robot designed for high density vineyards

Château Clerc Milon reports on the first trials in its Pauillac vineyard of TED, the first multi-purpose straddling electric robot specially designed for soil cultivation of high density vineyards. The trials mark the culmination of an ambitious project that started with a desire to address a particular issue. Vineyard work involves a number of time-consuming and […]

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