John Stimpfig with JC Rouzaud, head of Louis Roederer

Decanter writer John Stimpfig scooped the top gong at the inaugural Louis Roederer International Wine Writer’s Awards.

CRAV: police ‘scared’

Police in the Languedoc-Roussillon are ‘very scared’ that the actions of the CRAV will result in serious injury or death.

CRAV strikes again

A splinter group of disaffected winemakers in the south of France is thought to be responsible for a horrifying attack on a Spanish wine tanker on Wednesday night.

Pernod Ricard buys Allied

Pernod Ricard is set to become the world’s second largest drinks company after a bid to buy UK-based Allied Domecq was accepted last night.

UK restaurants make the top table

The UK can now rightfully boast that it is the world’s culinary leader after 14 British-based restaurants made it into the list of the world’s top 50 eateries.

Sideways - Miles & Jack

Oscar-tipped wine film Sideways is dramatically affecting wine sales in the US, according to leading market analyst ACNielsen.

Magrez ‘targets First Growths’

Former William Pitters boss Bernard Magrez is actively stalking the world’s finest properties with his coffers bulging after the sale of his spirits business.

Pitters sold to Marie Brizard

William Pitters, the spirits group founded by Bordeaux entrepreneur Bernard Magrez, has been sold to French drinks group Marie Brizard it emerged today.

Sideways - Miles & Jack

The wine world has already started cashing in on the success of wine-geek film Sideways with winebid.com putting wines from the film up for auction.

Guilty verdicts in Chanson case

The long-running Chanson fraud case was concluded today with the two ex-directors of the Burgundy négociant being found guilty of deceit and falsification.