Cremisan wine label

Sacramental wine produced in Bethlehem for a Christian charity based in the UK has finally been cleared for export by Israeli authorities following months of embargo.

Sebastiani sold to Foley Wine Group

Californian wine company Sebastiani Vineyards is set to be sold to US wine group Foley for an undisclosed sum, it was announced yesterday.

French press slam 2008 vintage

France’s two main newspapers have slammed the 2008 vintage, saying poor weather has jeopardised the quality of the harvest across the country.

Yarra Yering founder dies

Dr Bailey Carrodus, the founder of top Australian wine estate Yarra Yering has died.

Didier Dagueneau

Didier Dagueneau, one of the greatest Sauvignon Blanc producers in the world, has died in a flying accident at the age of 52.

Haut-Brion white harvest

The 2008 harvest in France will be smaller than in 2007, due to poor weather conditions and an ongoing uprooting programme.

Criminals turn wine into weed

Vineyards in Washington are being bought and converted to marijuana farms by organised crime outfits, US state officials say.

Tricastin

An appellation in the south of France is looking to change its name in order to avoid being associated with a uranium leak at a nuclear power station in the…

Chateau Montelena

Michel Reybier, the owner of Bordeaux second growth chateau Cos d’Estournel, has purchased iconic Napa estate Chateau Montelena for an undisclosed sum, it was announced today.

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The militant winemaker group CRAV has resurfaced with arson attacks on roadside speed cameras and telephone network hubs in the south of France.

France: Microsoft pulls wine adverts

Online advertising provider Microsoft AdCenter is removing all wine merchants from its client list in France, saying French legislation does not permit wine advertising online.

heston

Michelin-starred techno-chef Heston Blumenthal OBE has won a Conde Nast Traveller Innovation Design Award for his chocolate wine.