UK Beaujolais sales show big upward trend
The tide appears to be turning for Beaujolais in the UK, with the latest export figures showing a volume increase of 31.68% for the Beaujolais Crus and 12.75% for Beaujolais-Villages in the 12 months to December 2016.
Champagne Lanson launches organic ‘Green Label’
Lanson is to become the largest house to launch an organic Champagne when it officially unveils its Green Label later this year.
Rosé may have a reputation of being a fun drink with little sophistication but a new wave of winemakers are bucking the trend by using various methods to add complexity to the wine. We consider the five styles on the market today.
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Provence is the vibe at Cigalon, with plenty of rosé and garrigue-y reds to match up to the cooking of Marseillais chef Julien Carlon. Time to wake up and smell the lavender.
Nerello Mascalese has the potential to become an ‘alternative classic’ which could match Burgundy on quality and provenance but beat it on price, according to one premium Etna producer.
Classic cocktail bar The Gibson in Old Street has launched an outlandish new menu of seasonal cocktails inspired by the 12 months of the year.
Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn is expanding its operation eastward, having signed a distribution deal with Dxcel International to export its beers to China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.
The Edinburgh Beer Company has timed the London launch of its Paolozzi Lager to coincide with the Whitechapel Gallery’s first major exhibition of Eduardo Paolozzi – the pop artist who inspired the brand.
In partnership with Hong Kong craft brewery, HK Beer Co, Cathay Pacific has released a beer created for drinking in the air.
Spiros Malandrakis, senior alcoholic drinks analyst at Euromonitor, rounds up the beer trends he predicts will shape the industry in 2017, from mircobrewing to imports and collabs.
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Yannick Champ, the winemaker of Domaine Prieure Roch in Nuit-Saint-Georges, has said that the current high prices of Burgundy are “dangerous” and could follow in the footsteps of the Bordeaux price crash.
Madeira producer Henriques & Henriques has put back together several large, 100-year-old, satin wood vats for ageing its young wines.
St Emilion premier grand cru classé, Château Figeac, has announced it has released a number of wines from its cellars to be sold by Christie’s in London this March.
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.
Champagne house Piper-Heidsieck is to add to the sparkle of this year’s Oscars as the Champagne served during the Academy Awards season.
Han Yew Kong, the head sommelier of Galaxy Macau has been crowned the winner of the Hong Kong Ruinart Sommeliers Challenge 2017.
A post-Brexit flood of ‘English Champagne’ into the EU is “unlikely in the extreme”, Andrew Hawes, chairman of the UK Champagne Agents’ Association, has stated.
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.
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.