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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 […]

Boxcar Deli & Grill – a real meat restaurant

There are hamburger joints and hamburger joints plus and now we have discovered a hamburger joint plus plus. Well, it’s not JUST  a hamburger joint because there is also real, tender, delicious beef available, sliced off the rib and cooked just the way you like it. Boxcar has only been open for 3 weeks and […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Latest – June 2nd 2017

Hi Everybody Here is what we have been up to over the last couple of weeks. We have continued to post up interesting wine news from around the world, culminating with the historic victory by Champagne Jayne over the CIVC (Comité Champagne) over her right to use the name “Champagne” as part of her business […]

French winemakers attack French supermarkets for stocking cheap Spanish wine

Some French winemakers show no signs of calming down in their dispute over what they see as cheap Spanish wine imports destroying their own domestic market. There has been another wave of attacks and disruption over the last couple of weeks as French retailers have now been targeted by more militant French winemakers for their […]

The History and Culture of wine

So who first invented wine?  It is probably more to the point to ask, who first discovered wine?  It is not difficult to make it.  On the outside skin of the grape is the yeast and on the inside is the sweet juice:  mix them together, leave it for a few days for the yeast […]

Argentina looks forward to quality vintage despite smaller harvest hit by frosts

Argentina looks braced to face up to another short harvest, despite predictions of what are many calling a great quality vintage. Growing conditions for the 2017 harvest were far more in keeping with Argentina and a return to the hot, dry weather following the impact of the rains caused by the El Niño weather patterns […]

Hopes are high for South Africa’s 2017 harvest despite lack of rain

Despite concerns throughout the 2017 South African wine harvest that weather conditions were going to combine to damage the overall vintage, the final results are now expected to be very encouraging with a bigger than expected harvest, higher yields and some “exceptional” quality grapes coming through.  The fact South Africa has had so little rain […]

English wine producers left reeling from bud damage after widespread frosts

The English wine industry is fearful widespread frosts this week could have had a major impact on the 2017 harvest with some fearing over half of this year’s grape harvest could be at risk, with other producers faring far worst. As temperatures dropped to -6C in some parts of southern England over the last week […]

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 […]

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 […]

South Africa needs to raise prices and its image for a sustainable future

South Africa needs to change its international image as a country that produces “cheap and cheerful” wine if it is to really push on and help not only its producers’ future but make its industry sustainable in the long term. It is not just an international problem but the price of wines sold in the […]

Australia’s strategy to push more premium wines is working in the UK and Europe

Australia’s strategy to drive a more premium offer in the UK and Europe appears to be working with the latest set of export figures showing bottled wine is increasing whilst bulk is in decline. Whilst 80% of the wine shipped to the UK from Australia comes in bulk that share declined by 14% in 2016 […]

Spain is king when it comes to global bulk wine trades

When it comes to bulk wine then Spain stands heads and shoulders above the rest of the world of wine, accounting for half of the top 10 bulk wine trading routes around the world. That is according to the latest figures released by the American Association of Wine Economists.  The figures have raised some eyebrows in Europe […]

New Zealand recovers from earthquake and is set for average 2017 vintage

Despite suffering major earthquake damage in the country’s key wine producing regions of its South Island, New Zealand is on course for an average 2017 vintage, according to Phil Gregan, chief executive of New Zealand Winegrowers.   Speaking to Wine Behind the Label this week he said the country was coming out of what was […]

Argentina and New Zealand enjoy record breaking year of sales in the UK

Argentina and New Zealand were the two stand out performing countries in the UK in terms of wines sales growth in 2016, according to new figures from the Wine & Spirit Trade Association. Its latest Market Report shows that UK drinkers bought over 20 million litres of Argentinian wine, almost 27 million bottles, in the […]

Spain’s Navarra region has enjoyed an “excellent” 2016 vintage

Spain’s Navarra 2016 vintage is said to be “excellent” according to the manager of the region’s Consejo Regulador.   In total around 83 million kilos of grapes were harvested – slightly down on last year  – with Ribera Alta accounting for 39% of the total harvest, Ribera Baja 28%, the Lower Mountains 17%, and Tierra Estella […]

European Union wine subsidies favour the bigger wine producing countries

New research has revealed that when it comes to handing out subsidies and support it it some of Europe’s wealthiest and most established wine countries that get more better than countries you might think are more in demand. A new study published in the Journal of Wine Economics, shows its the EU’s riches countries that receive […]

Consumer demand sees China’s wine imports up by nearly 20%

A further sign that China’s middle classes are opening up to wine is that the latest wine import figures that showed there was an impressive near 20%  jump to US$1.77 billion in the first nine months of this year, according to latest figures from the China Association for Imports and Exports of Wines and Spirits. The […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Chablis 2016 vintage expected to be 50% down on average

As the full picture from the 2016 harvest becomes clearer, Chablis, the key white wine producing area of Burgundy has announced its harvest is going to be down by 50%. But what is being picked will make good quality wines, according to the BIVB Chablis. The harvest is so down after a near calamitious 2016 […]

Richard Siddle: why Georges Barbier sets the standards for rest of on-trade suppliers

The UK on-trade is particularly well blessed to have such a choice of small, dedicated, highly focused and passionate wine suppliers that can offer a wide range of eclectic, innovative and edgy wines.  Many of which, like Red Squirrel Wine and Indigo Wine, are relatively still new kids on the block. But the idea of […]

ANOTHER AWARD FOR WINE BEHIND THE LABEL

Cher Monsieur Moore, cher Monsieur Blech, Je vous remercie tout particulièrement de l’intérêt porté à notre concours international de livres sur la Vigne et le Vin, et la confiance que vous avez accordée au Jury spécialisé de l’Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin. J’ai l’immense plaisir de vous annoncer que le Jury 2016 […]

The Definitive Italian Wine Tasting

Every now and again there is a “Definitive Italian Wine Tasting” in London and today I took the chance to visit it and have a look at some of the things on offer. Wines from Puglia, Veneto and Fruili were featured so I stuck to those tables. White wines were generally rather disappointing – even […]

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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