France: white paper divides nation

A white paper tackling wine legislation drawn up by French ministers and handed to the government last Thursday looks set to divide a nation.

Emile Peynaud dies at 92

Professor Emile Peynaud, the forefather of modern oenology and a former Decanter Man of the Year, has died aged 92.

Le Pen buys into Champagne

Champagne Le Pen could be on supermarket shelves in three years’ time as French National Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen buys a 50% share of Champagne negociant François Daumale.

‘Poison’ image bad for French wine

France cannot sell its wines abroad if they are considered a ‘poison’ at home Alain Suguenot, president of the French government’s viticultural studies group said on Tuesday.

French winemakers say outlook is bleak

The vast majority of French wine producers are worried about the performance of their wines on the international stage, a report has revealed.

Bordeaux strike action ‘ludicrous’

Threatened strike action in Bordeaux as an attempt to shore up prices has been dismissed as ‘lamentable and ridiculous’ by major negociants.

joyce

Sales of burgundy went through the roof in Dublin yesterday as thousands of James Joyce aficionadoes followed the route taken by the hero of Ulysses on a single day in

Sotheby’s sells Spencer cellar selection

A 105-lot collection from the cellars Earl Spencer - the brother of the late Princess of Wales - fetched over £100,000 (€150,000) at Sotheby’s yesterday.

Vines for war-ravaged land

Vines are being sent to Afghanistan by an organisation dedicated to replanting agricultural land destroyed by wars.

US wine giants cash in on low-carb fad

Diageo, Sutter Home and Brown-Forman are set to market their wines as ‘low-carbohydrate’ as US authorities ease their stance on nutritional information for alcohol.

French vineyard land snapped up in tax breaks

French industrialists are increasingly buying vineyard properties in order to lower their tax bills and increase their social standing, according to French newspaper, Le Monde.

Parker and Robinson in war of words

The en primeur debate surrounding the quality of the 2003 Château Pavie has deepened with the highly influential American wine critic Robert M Parker Jnr breaking his silence to attack…

Chirac and the Queen

At a gala dinner to celebrate 100 years of the ‘entente cordiale’ between England and France, Jacques Chirac managed to avoid last year’s controversy over his choice of wine.

CIVB advert banned

The CIVB has had its advertising slogan outlawed by the grand magistrate’s court in Paris.

Record year for Champagne in UK

Champagne sales in the UK hit a record high last year on the back of a hot summer. But the 2003 summer heatwave may yet prove to be a double-edged

Leaked document fuels French wine debate

The French government is considering proposals to reduce annual alcohol consumption in the country by 20% per head over the next 5 years, according to French newspaper Libération.

Man of the year: Brian Croser

Australian winemaker Brian Croser has been awarded ‘Man of the year’ by Decanter magazine, recognising his massive contribution to the wine world.