Richard Woodard

Amazon shelves wine plans

Online retailer has abandoned plans to sell wine in the US after the project hit a series of problems.

Hunter Valley could be forced to seek new varieties

Climate change could force Australia’s Hunter Valley to plant alternative grape varieties to combat rising temperatures, spring frosts and a higher risk of disease, according to a new study.

Boisset buys Antonin Rodet

Burgundy-based wine producer Boisset has completed the acquisition of rival négociant Antonin Rodet for an undisclosed sum.

Champagne bubbles improve flavour

Champagne’s bubbles are more than mere decoration – they contain up to 30 times more flavour than the wine itself, scientists have discovered.

Nederburg auction down on last year

Takings at this year’s Nederburg Auction were down 16% on 2008, with the economic downturn depressing prices across all categories.

2007 Port sales defy recession

Port shippers are reporting buoyant sales of the recently-declared 2007 vintage, with strong demand in the recession-battered UK market depleting stocks.

SurePure technology approved in South Africa

South Africa has become the first country to approve a new hi-tech process which uses light energy to purify wine – and claims to dramatically reduce the need to add

Majestic moves to 6-bottle cases

UK wine retailer Majestic has reduced its minimum in-store purchase to six bottles after a successful trial over the past year.

French wine sales slump

French wine and spirits exports fell by almost a quarter in the first half of 2009, threatening to wipe out the gains of the past four years.

Diageo eyes Moët Hennessy

Diageo boss Paul Walsh has admitted that the UK drinks multinational is keen to buy Moët Hennessy – but only if the price is right.

LVMH buys 50% share in Chateau Cheval Blanc

Luxury goods giant Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy has bought a 50% stake in St-Emilion’s Château Cheval Blanc from its billionaire chairman and controlling shareholder, Bernard Arnault.

Ehrmanns sold

Debt-laden wine importer Ehrmanns, UK agent for brands including Blue Nun and Arniston Bay, has been acquired by an international wine investment fund.

Starbucks to sell wine

Coffee chain Starbucks starts selling wine and beer in three Seattle outlets this week, part of an ongoing revamp aimed at turning around the company.

Joseph Drouhin to relaunch Chablis wines

Burgundy house Joseph Drouhin is relaunching its Chablis wines under the Drouhin Vaudon banner, 40 years after the company helped to pioneer the resurgence of the region.

Torres all clear after cyanide scare

A white wine made by Spanish producer Torres has been given the all-clear after being caught up in a cyanide poisoning scare in Norway.

Threshers and Wine Rack future in doubt

The owner of troubled wine retailers Threshers and Wine Rack insists it is committed to their future, despite auditors expressing ‘material uncertainty’ about their ability to continue trading.

DNA technology can be used on fine wine

Advanced DNA identification techniques could be used to prove the origins of fine wines, helping in the fight against fraud and counterfeiting, says a hi-tech US company.

Wine sales plummet in Ireland

Cross-border shopping and the economic downturn sent wine sales tumbling by more than 10% in Ireland during the first quarter of 2009, official figures show.