Jim Budd

Olivier Cousin

A Loire Valley winemaker who disobeyed France's appellation system has escaped with only a token fine, in what his lawyer described as a 'slap in the face' for officials.

Organic

There has been a sharp drop in the number of French winemakers converting their vines to organic, but supporters believe consumer demand will spark a fresh growth phase.

bottles

The Nobles Crus wine fund has been suspended due to a lack of liquidity.

fraud

Bradleigh Anthony Caley and John George Evans have both been banned from acting as directors for 12 years for their part in the Fine Wine Vintners Ltd investment scam.

wia

The Wine Investment Association, a self-regulatory body designed to set standards for wine investment, was launched in London yesterday.