News from around the web


News from around the web

LVMH buys controlling stake in Napa’s Colgin Cellars

Those of you who have got the 10th edition of Wine behind the label will know that for some time, consulting input at COLGIN CELLARS has been supplied by Alain Raynaud of CH. QUINAULT in Saint-Émilion. Quinault has for some time been one of the properties owned by LVMH. So it may come as no […]

California 2017 Harvest Report

Although the recent news stories from the California wine country north of San Francisco has been dominated by the wild fires the 2017 harvest remained largely untouched by the disaster. In fact all the indications are that this will prove to be a very good year. Here is an overview from the Wine Institute of […]

The Best Malbec in the World Revealed

    The International Wine & Spirit Competition has announced its South America and Mexico wine results   ·  The Trophy-winning Malbec hails from a summit-scraping vineyard of the Argentine mountains   ·   High altitude wines are leading the charge in fine wines due to extreme weather conditions   A high altitude Malbec, produced at an […]

Les Bonnets Rouges invade the Tours offices of InterLoire

On Friday 13th October 2017 the offices of InterLoire in Tours were invaded by eight members of the militant group – Les Bonnets Rouges. The eight called themselves – Les Frelons (the hornets). InterLoire is the administrative and promotional body for many of the Loire appellations. photo credit: Les Bonnets Rouges The group – Les […]

Champagne Deutz Harvest Report 2017

Champagne Deutz provide us with an assessment of the 2017 vintage in Champagne appellation. This was a challenging year with spring frosts and late season humid conditions seeing grey rot effecting the two Pinot varieties with an inevitable loss in yield as well. Here then is the Champagne Deutz report. Excitement, fear and relief… Each […]

The 2017 harvest at Delas Frères

The Rhône Valley firm Delas Frères give their assessment of the 2017 vintage. The early impressions are optimistic after good summer growing conditions. The only negative is that yields are lower than normal. Here then is their report. Growing Cycle In 2003, the meteorologists told us to expect more and more hot vintages. 2017 is […]

The 2017 harvest: Much enthusiasm in Burgundy

This year, it all happened very quickly. The harvest began at the end of August, with quality and quantity much in evidence. After a series of vintages that have suffered the whims of the weather – the 2016 in particular – the Bourgogne winegrowing region has returned to cruising speed in terms of production, while […]

The 2015 Official Selection of the Crus Bourgeois du Médoc has just been released

  Generally underrated, but sometimes producing great value for money, the Cru Bourgeois of the Médoc have, since 2010, really got their act together by producing a meaningful qualitative classification of wines from the Médoc. You can see which wines these are by downloading the 2015 official selection from the link below.     271 […]

Reports from the Loire on the 2017 vintage

Muscadet We spent Monday (11th September) and Tuesday (12th) in the Pays Nantais looking at the 2017 vintage. It is well known that the Pays Nantais was badly frosted in late April. The effects of the frost are, however, very variable. Some lucky producers like Jérémie Huchet (jeremie-huchet-vigneron.fr/en/) in Château-Thebaud only lost some 10%-15% of […]

2017 Loire Vintage now underway

The last week of August has seen the start of the 2017 vintage in the Loire. The Ban des Vendanges for Muscadet (the official start of the harvest) was on 30th August, while picking in Anjou-Saumur for sparkling wine started a couple of days earlier. Langlois-Chateau started picking their Pinot Noir on 28th August. Although […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. The company has teamed up with Oregon’s largest winery King Estate Winery, to develop […]

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 […]

Hottest June in UK for 40 years sends rosé sales soaring

Scorching temperatures in the UK last week, which have made this month the hottest June since the long hot summer of 1976, has sent rosé sales soaring, according to the high street multiples. June 21st was the hottest day in the UK for over 40 years, with temperatures topping 34 degrees centigrade in some parts […]

Global wine consumption on the up, except in France where it has more than halved in the past 40 years

It’s enough to have your average French drinker choking on their verre du vin rouge in shock.  While global wine consumption is growing year on year – in France, the world’s leading wine exporting country – consumption is down and forecast to drop by 13% between 2011 and 2020, according to LARVF.  From knocking back 100 […]

Supply and demand in global wine market balances out as glut eases

The global wine industry is rallying after years of a glut of wine and suppressed prices,  according to a report in the Weekly times.   It referred to Wine Australia, data which shows supply dipping to around 26 billion litres, from a peak of around 29 billion litres four years ago. At the same time, demand […]

UK drinks trade body calling for government to go for full “divorce” settlement to get best possible deal in Brexit talks

The UK Government should pull out all the stops during the Brexit negotiations to avoid what it describes as the “worst possible outcome” – a no deal Brexit, according to the UK’s drinks trade body, the Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WSTA).   Formal talks kicked off yesterday between the UK’s Brexit secretary David Davis […]

US remains biggest export market for Burgundy for fourth year running

Americans are amongst the biggest fans of Burgundy, and the US remains the biggest importer of  wine from the French region for the fourth consecutive year, according to the Burgundy Wine Board (BIVB).   Burgundy accounted for nearly a quarter (23%) of the value and just over a fifth (21%) of the volume of total exports, […]

South African winemakers enthusing about quality of 2017 vintage, despite lower volumes

South African winemakers are looking forward to a high quality vintage, despite the volume of this year’s crop being below average An extremely dry growing season held back the size of the crop, but vintners are particularly enthusiastic about the quality of the grapes. “2017 was a very nice vintage all around,” Chris Alheit told […]

Brexit offers opportunities as well as challenges, says WSTA’s Dan Jago

Brexit may present “monumental challenges” to the UK drinks industry, but it also opens up new opportunities that we should embrace, said Dan Jago,  chairman of the UK’s drinks trade body The Wine & Spirit Trade Association.   He even went as far this week in an interview with Drinks Business, to say that this was also […]

British love in with Prosecco continues, as English sparkling wine sees strong growth

The British love affair with  Prosecco is still going strong, with 85 million bottles sold last year, with Champagne sales trailing at less than half that volume, at 31 million bottles. Spanish fizz, predominantly Cava, remains in third place at around 23 million bottles, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association’s (WSTA) annual Market Overview, […]

Average price of bottle of wine in UK reaches new high thanks to Brexit

The average price of a bottle of wine in the UK has hit new heights, smashing through the £5.50 barrier for the first time to reach £5.56.  And this average has risen more in the past 12 weeks than it has in the last two years, according to the Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) in its […]

Champagne Jayne finally wins her trademark legal case against Comite Champagne

In a modern tale of David vs Goliath, Jayne Powell, aka “Champagne Jayne” has won a long-standing trademark dispute against the Comité Champagne (CIVC) over whether or not she could continue in business using what turned out to be her controversial monicker.  The dispute has been played out over the last five years with the […]

Fizz-loving Brits now account for a third of total Prosecco production

The UK’s ongoing love affair with Prosecco has resulted in imports to the UK now amounting to over a third of all production.   The UK is Proseccos’s number one export market, with the UK, US and Germany between them accounting for 75% of total Prosecco sales in 2016, with domestic consumption in Italy accounting […]

New Zealand’s wine industry counts the cost of a difficult season, with yields down on last year

A challenging season for New Zealand winegrowers, with yields down across most regions, has left them counting their losses – and for the lucky few, some  gains. While there was no single weather event  in Marlborough to impact yield, temperatures were cooler than normal with more wind and cloud coverage than usual. A recent Department […]

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