January, 2012


Chapoutier pours scorn on natural winemakers

Renowned Rhone producer Michel Chapoutier has added to the natural wine debate by denouncing natural winemakers as out-of-touch hippies making defective wines.

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Wine Australia axes wine export panel

Wine Australia has axed its controversial export approval panel with immediate effect, replacing it with a permanent company audit regime.

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New sculpture for Smith Haut Lafitte

British sculptor Charles Hadcock has become the latest artist to have his work displayed among the vines of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte.


New movie lifts lid on Master Sommeliers

A new film about to be released shines a spotlight on the gruelling world of the Master Sommelier qualification – an exam less than 200 people have ever passed.

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Producer profile: Inglenook

It took 30 tumultuous years, but in April 2011, film director Francis Ford Coppola finally achieved his dream – the rebirth of Inglenook. Adam Lechmere looks at the history of…

Steven Spurrier, Chairman of the DWWA

Burgundy 2010: Steven Spurrier

Decanter readers will have read with interest Sarah Marsh MW’s very positive report on the 2010 Burgundies from the region that extends around 300 kilometres from north to south, with…

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Burgundy 2010: Stephen Brook

When, some months ago, a few Burgundy experts were suggesting that 2010 might be an even finer vintage than the 2009, it was hard not to be sceptical.

Robin McMillan

Wine Society appoints new chief executive

A fresh approach and new ideas are promised after The Wine Society appointed Berry Bros & Rudd chief operating officer Robin McMillan as its new chief executive.

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Chopard boss buys Bergerac chateau

Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, co-president of the Chopard luxury watch business, has acquired major Bergerac wine estate Chateau Monestier La Tour.