Richard Woodard

Corney and Barrow

An email promoting a 'Beaujolais breakfast' at Corney & Barrow wine bars has been banned after advertising watchdogs said it could encourage irresponsible drinking.

Balls Brothers

London wine bar and restaurant business Balls Brothers has been sold to Novus Leisure for up to £7.85m after falling into administration late last year.

Bordeaux harvest

California's 2010 grape harvest was down 3% on 2009's figure, but was still the third biggest crop in history, according to official estimates.

armit

John Armit, the founder and chairman of London fine wine merchant Armit, is stepping down after more than 25 years at the head of the company.

vin jaune

A 237-year-old bottle of vin jaune from France's Jura region fetched a record price of €57,000 at a wine festival auction in the town of Arbois.

Dom Perignon

Champagne supplies are beginning to run dry after the sector staged a 'remarkable' recovery from the economic downturn, according to luxury goods giant LVMH (Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton).

torres

The impending retirement of Spanish wine pioneer Miguel Torres has sparked speculation that one of his children will take over the family business – but which one will it be?

olivier-humbrecht-mw

Alsace 'absolutely' needs a system to help consumers navigate the wildly varying levels of sweetness found in its wines, according to Olivier Humbrecht MW.

New Zealand organic

Twenty percent of vineyards in New Zealand will be farmed organically or biodynamically by 2020, according to a new target set by Organic Winegrowers New Zealand (OWNZ).

Leasingham

Tim Adams Wines has agreed to buy Constellation’s historic Leasingham winery in Clare Valley, Australia – the place where Adams began his winemaking career more than 35 years ago.

majestic

The UK’s wine drinkers have been greeted with mixed news at the start of 2011 – a VAT increase but also an end to a ban on the sale of…

Constellation sells wine businesses

Constellation Brands has sold its wine businesses in Australia, the UK and South Africa to a private equity company in a deal valued at A$290m.

Fetzer sale ‘possible’

US drinks giant Brown-Forman may sell its Fetzer wine brand, vineyards and winery as the company launches a wholesale review of the business.

Huneeus Vintners buys Neyen

Napa-based Huneeus Vintners has added to its portfolio of Chilean wines with the acquisition of Neyen Estate, located in the prime red wine enclave of the Apalta Valley.

Justin

Cult mineral water brand Fiji Water has moved into wine with the acquisition of California’s Justin Vineyards & Winery.

Balls Brothers

A buyer is being sought for London wine bar and restaurant operator Balls Brothers after the company went into administration amid mounting debts.