WOSA: Sandmining on Paardeberg ‘a true blow’
Wines of South Africa (WOSA) has described the decision of the Swartland Municipality to grant two new sandmining licences on the Paardeberg as “a true blow” to the region’s winemakers.
Asda launches £5 ‘ProGrigio’ fizz
UK supermarket Asda has launched a £5 bottle of fizz made from Glera, the grape used to make Prosecco, and Pinot Grigio, aptly named ‘ProGrigio’.
Brexit an opportunity for NZ Méthode Marlborough
The UK’s vote to leave the EU could offer an opportunity for New Zealand’s Méthode Marlborough sparkling wine, with import taxes likely to reduce as Champagne becomes more expensive, says winemaker Daniel Le Brun.
A week of firsts: North South Wines’ inaugural tasting, Lidl’s first tasting of the year and Paolozzi’s London debut all washed down with Taittinger at the BAFTAs and Lanson at The Five Fields.
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Madeira producer Henriques & Henriques has put back together several large, 100-year-old, satin wood vats for ageing its young wines.
Prospects for Australian wines in the Malayan Peninsula are bright, thanks to the success of the country’s high-end fine wines, thinks Wine Australia.
Pop stars including Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Robbie Williams and Bruno Mars will be served up wines from Chilean brand Frontera at this year’s BRIT Awards.
Carlsberg UK has launched craft brewing competition ‘YOUR BEER, here?’ offering brewers and importers the chance to have their beers listed in Carlsberg’s Crafted 2017 range.
Heineken has agreed to buy the Brazilian beer business of Japan’s Kirin Holdings Company for €664 million (£564m) to become the second largest brewer in the country after AB InBev.
Diageo has announced plans to open a US version of its St James’s Gate Guinness Brewery in Dublin in Relay, Maryland.
the drinks business
The hitch with Burgundy is that while its numbers may seem encouraging, the difficulty of getting hold of any makes it a poor choice for many portfolios.
Collectors in Hong Kong and Asia are now being deliberately targeted by fine wine counterfeiters authentication expert Maureen Downey has warned.
US auction house Hart Davis Hart has said it is off to a tremendous start to the year after its latest auction surged to a US$5.6 million total.
Sotheby’s opening fine wine sale of the year in London will feature top Bordeaux dating back to the 1920s among its consignments.
Under EPI ownership, Charles Heidsieck is planning to resurrect its prestige cuvée called Champagne Charlie, which was axed in 1985 when Rémy Martin bought the brand.
The WSTA has warned that the cost of a bottle of Prosecco could go up by 59 pence and Champagne by as much as a £1 in the UK next year.
Champagne Barons de Rothschild is aiming for 30% sales growth in Mainland China and Hong Kong this year as it expands its on-trade distribution channels, according to managing director, Frédéric Mairesse.
A number of top producers will be in Hong Kong for L’Imperatrice’s annual portfolio tasting next month, including Anne Gros, Benjamin Leroux and Remy Poisot.
Auction house Sotheby’s is to offer a “treasure trove” of “iconic” labels worth over $2 million in New York later this month.