Vandal spills 60,000 litres of wine at Spanish winery - report
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by Chris Mercer
17h ago
pumping over red wine in the tank. Spain’s Cepa 21 winery in Ribera del Duero has been targeted in an act of sabotage that reportedly sent 60,000 litres of wine gushing onto the cellar floor. Police from the country’s Guardia Civil were investigating the attack at the winery, located in Castrillo de Duero, Valladolid, which took place in the early hours of Sunday morning (18 February), according to media reports.    CCTV footage purportedly showing the incident and shared widely by Spanish media shows a hooded person moving quickly between vats in the cellar and opening them up ..read more
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Burgundy wine fans queue for a month to get prized bottles
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by Chris Mercer
17h ago
Tents set up outside Vinmonopolet's store in Aker Brygge, Oslo. Tents have become a familiar winter fixture outside a main store of Norway’s Vinmonopolet retailer in Oslo, and a small group of Burgundy wine fans again braved sub-zero temperatures in January to lead the queue for new releases. In 2024, the first three campers turned up on New Year’s Day – ahead of the state-owned retailer’s annual Burgundy release on 1 February.  ‘The first campers spent one month outside and it was a very cold period, with temperatures down to minus 20 [degrees Celsius],’ said Arnt Egil Nordlien, product ..read more
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Brits abandon Merlot in favour of Beaujolais
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by Martin Green
2d ago
Grape harvest in Beaujolais, France. It is now 20 years since Paul Giamatti’s character delivered a major blow to Merlot producers in the Oscar-winning comedy Sideways. ‘No, if anyone orders Merlot, I’m leaving,’ screamed an apoplectic Miles. ‘I am not drinking any ****ing Merlot.’ Stats from Sonoma State University showed that Merlot sales in the American market fell by 2% in the aftermath of the movie’s release. That trend has finally travelled across the Atlantic Ocean, as new data from CGA shows that Brits have now fallen out of love with the grape variety too. Merlot’s share of the premiu ..read more
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Meet the judges: Q&A with Michaela Morris
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by Loukia Xinari
2d ago
Michaela Morris at DWWA judging week Michaela Morris is an international wine writer, contributor, judge and educator. She is one of the first certified Italian wine experts through Vinitaly International Academy 2015, co-created the curriculum for VIA’s Italian Wine Maestro course and teaches about Italian wines across Canada and abroad. Morris always had an interest in wine but, as she explained to Decanter, she never considered a career in the industry. That is – until a linguistics course at university led her to Burgundy. Today, with over 20 years experience in the wine industry, Morris h ..read more
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Single malt breaks £2bn barrier despite overall Scotch sales dip
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by Peter Ranscombe
3d ago
Exports of single malt smashed through the £2bn mark for the first time last year [2023] thanks to a thirst for premium spirits in emerging markets in the Far East, despite a dip in overall sales of Scotch whisky around the world. New figures from the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) revealed that exports fell by 9.5% to £5.6bn, as demand from shops and bars eased following post-pandemic restocking. Sales remained 14% higher than 2019’s pre-pandemic level, despite what the SWA called ‘a global cost of living crisis’. Overall, the numbers showed the continuing long-term trend towards ‘premiumis ..read more
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Château Angélus hails 2022 vintage with limited-edition bottle
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by Rupert Millar
6d ago
Leading St-Emilion estate Château Angélus has announced a unique bottle design, inlaid with 20 carat gold and mother-of-pearl, for its 2022 vintage to mark a ‘new era’ for the property. Ten years on from its previous ‘black and gold’ bottling, Angélus said the new limited-edition bottle was a ‘worthy showcase’ for what it considers ‘among the most successful vintages the estate has ever seen’. Set against a black bottle, the design depicts a blazing sun surrounded by two interstellar ellipses, stars and planetary bodies. The entirety of the 2022 vintage, rated 97-points by Bordeaux correspond ..read more
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Seppeltsfield partners with Riedel to present 1924 Para Vintage Tawny
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by David Sly
1w ago
Seppeltsfield, established in the Barossa in 1851 and with an unbroken lineage of cellared single vintage tawny from 1878, has made no secret of its aim to position its 100-year-old wines as being desirable for the new-generation luxury market. The Riedel partnership marks the latest in a series of steps to draw fresh attention to its rare annual wine offering. The Seppeltsfield winemakers and marketing team conducted a tasting masterclass with Riedel Australia staff during 2023 to test 12 different glasses from the existing Riedel range with the aim of finding the ideal drinking vessel for s ..read more
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Rainy weather makes for another wet California winter
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by Clive Pursehouse
1w ago
Rainbow over Tablas Creek. After a very wet winter and spring in 2023, California is seeing another series of winter storms in the form of both significant rain and high mountain snow in early 2024. The state was beset with difficult conditions, particularly in Southern California, where Los Angeles saw nearly half a year’s worth of rainfall in only a few short days. Fatalities, flooding and more than 400 mudslides were just some of the results of the intense storms in California. The already saturated ground and stressed infrastructure will make the pending storms even more challenging for pa ..read more
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Tasting Climate Change conference 2024: Key takeaways
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by Michaela Morris
1w ago
Host Michelle Bouffard of Tasting Climate Change. Founded by Montreal-based Michelle Bouffard, DipWSET, Tasting Climate Change is international in scope. Held 22-23 January 2024, the 4th edition of this trade-oriented, biennial symposium brought in 30 experts from around the world to lead seminars and panel discussions for an audience of almost 400. Bouffard led with a reminder that 2023 was the world’s warmest year ever recorded. She referenced the record forest fires across Canada, widespread loss to fungal disease in Europe and dire drought in Catalonia. ‘Even though we need to acknowledge ..read more
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French wine exports slump in 2023 as Champagne, Bordeaux struggle
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by Rudy Ruitenberg
1w ago
French wine export fell 9.4% in volume last year to the lowest in at least 17 years, with shipments from Champagne, Bordeaux and all other major regions sliding. Exports of sparkling and still wines slipped to 122.6 million cases in 2023, led by lower deliveries to the US, the French Association of Wine and Spirits Exporters (FEVS) said. Exports fell 3% in value, as higher average prices per bottle partly compensated for lower volumes. After years of being France’s second-biggest export behind the aeronautics industry, wine and spirits dropped to third place in 2023, trailing perfumes and cos ..read more
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