The rise of white port wine

11 December, 2017

Port wine has held a consistent stance within the drinks industry for years thanks to its associations with cheese pairing, but now experts within the category want to bring change – starting with the exposure of white port.

New wine merchant Wanderlust Wine has launched in the UK, aiming to supply sustainable wines sourced from small, artisan producers around the world.

Specialist wine importer Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines has added 32 new wines to its Burgundy portfolio from seven new producers - bringing the total number of Burgundian producers up to 22.

LVMH buys into Colgin Cellars

23 November, 2017

Ann Colgin, founder of Colgin Cellars, and her husband Joe Wender, have sold a 60% stake in the Napa Valley winery.

18 new Masters of Wine

08 November, 2017

The Institute of Masters of Wine has welcomed 18 new Masters of Wine (MWs) to its membership at the Institute’s Annual Awards ceremony in London.

Pierlot steps up at Pommery

03 November, 2017

Champagne Pommery has a new wine maker to oversee its September harvest this year. Clément Pierlot, follows in the footsteps of Thierry Gasco, who is now directing Pommery’s new sparkling wine adventures in California, England and the South of France.

The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) has announced that Torres, the leading Spanish wine producer has joined its international supporter community.

A new software has been developed for wine professionals to track the production process in real time, increasing the efficiency of large producers.

Distell, the leading South African wine producer, has appointed a new head winemaker who is also a marketing specialist.

Baron Philippe de Rothschild, owners of the Mouton Cadet wine brand has announced that the leading Bordeaux AOC wine, is the official wine of the famous golf tournament, the 2018 Ryder Cup.

Napa Valley, California’s premium wine growing region has, along with neighbouring Sonoma, been severely hit by wildfires, fuelled by high winds last Sunday.

Zonin1821 moves into hotels

11 October, 2017

Zonin1821, the major Italian wine producer, has created a wine library concept for boutique hotels, the first being in Edinburgh which opened this week (October 10).

Port Wine day 2017 took place in September and Drinks International was invited to the Douro wine region in Portugal to stay with Vieira de Sousa, a small producer known locally for its white ports.

The vice president of the Alliance des Cru Bourgeois du Médoc believes it is a positive and fair move to extend their examinations to once every five years.

Harpers Wine & Spirit Magazine aditor, Andrew Catchpole is amongst the guest speakers at the first-ever International Bulk Wine and Spirits Show (IBWSS) in February 2018.

Vineyards in Ningxia Hui in north east China have helped the local environment, according to the School of Agriculture, Ningxia University.

Oregon wine trade organisations The Willamette Valley Wineries Association and Oregon Pinot Camp will merge to create a single trade entity for the region’s wine industry.

The export value of New Zealand wine has reached a record high according to the 2017 annual report of New Zealand Winegrowers.

The Rhône Valley wine region has begun this year’s harvest two weeks early due to the current levels of ripe grapes.

The Consejo Regulador de la DOCa Rioja has submitted to pressure and brought in new designations for smaller producers and individual vineyard owners.

UK supermarket chain Asda has appointed a ‘sommeasier’ to simplify the language on wine labels making it easier for consumer to choose a wine.

Sparkling wine sales in the UK grew 12% last year, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association’s (WSTA) wine report for 2017.

Moët Hennessy-owned champagne brand, Dom Pérignon has partnered up with delivery company Thirstie in the US to boost distribution.

The New Zealand Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Act has come into force today giving better protection to 18 of the country’s wine regions.

BI wine and spirits merchant has seen total sales increase by 43% to more than £50m in the first half of 2017, of which Asia accounted for 50%.

British talk show host Graham Norton has launched a new vintage for 2017 with New Zealand wine makers Invivo Wines.

Pierre-Henry Gagey, president at Louis Jadot, has announced the acquisition of Burgundian estate, Domaine Prieur-Brunet in Santenay.

The Bolney Wine Estate has won ‘Winery of the Year’ at the inaugural UK Wine Awards, led by Wine Producers’ Julia Trustram Eve and members of the EWP and UK Vineyards Association.

May de Lencquesaing has been awarded the lifetime achievement award at this year’s International Wine Challenge (IWC) following her 40 year career.

May de Lencquesaing has been awarded the lifetime achievement award at this year’s International Wine Challenge (IWC) following her 40 year career.

The two organisations within the UK winesector, United Kingdom Vineyards Association and English Wine Producers, have voted to merge to become one single industry body.

Spain, which claims to be the world’s biggest exporter of wine by volume, needs to add value to both bottled and bulk sales.

Mobile wine app Vivino has discovered that the number of English wines being reviewed has increased by 83% since 2015.

Majestic Wine has appointed Cat Lomax as its new head buyer,taking over from Matt Pym, who has left the company.

The Willamette Valley Wineries Association (WVWA) and Oregon Pinot Camp (OPC) have hired Morgen McLaughlin as executive director following the retirement of Sue Horstmann.

The 2017 grape harvest has come in smaller than expected, according to New Zealand Winegrowers.

New Zealand wine producer Jackson Estate has officially opened its new Pinot Noir winery in Marlborough.

Philippe Sereys de Rothschild met with Sir Russell Coutts, CEO of the America’s Cup at the Mouton Cadet Wine Cellar to celebrate the wine’s partnership with the famous yacht race.

Julia Sewell from celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal's restauraunt, The Fat Duck has won the UK Ruinart Challenge 2017.

For the first time English sparkling wine has climbed two places to become Britain’s fourth bestselling fizz, offloading 3.5m bottles to UK markets in 2016.

Crown Cellars, the wine division of Carlsberg UK, has launched its 2017/18 wine portfolio, which has reacted to the continued popularity of prosecco.

New Zealand-based winery, Invivo Wines will now offer its three most popular wines in the US market.

A new initiative called Winefinder has been set up to rival beverage retailers with large amounts of pre-existing data that dominate the online eccomerce space.

1752 Signature Vins will show a selection of wines at this year’s London Wine Fair alongside UK partner and distributor Free Run Wines.

The Mouton Cadet Wine Bar will be open for two weeks during the 70th edition of the Cannes International Film Festival.

The US wine region of Temecula has been heavily invested in by Chinese businessmen due to its close proximity to LA, Orange County and San Diego.

New Zealand wine producer Cloudy Bay has partnered with J Class yachts in the UK to act as the fleet’s principal partner at the America’s Cup.

Hannah Tovey will replace Ross Carter as head of the London Wine Fair after the show takes place at the end of this month.

Champagne Castelnau has targeted a younger audience of champagne drinkers as the Reims-based house enters its second century.

Californian wine sales equalled 285m cases in 2016 with US sales and exports reaching a retail value of $34.1bn, according to Wine Institute.

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