September, 2012

Bodegas Breton

Bodegas Bretón in Navarrete, Rioja is up for sale after a difficult few years’ trading.

Vasse Felix in expansion drive

While the economic situation has forced an increasing number of Margaret River grape growers to abandon the region, Vasse Felix is actively looking to expand its vineyard holdings.

Haut-Brion white harvest

The majority of white grapes in the 2012 Bordeaux harvest have been brought safely in to the cellars under warm and sunny conditions, but the forecast for the week ahead…


In an unprecedented move Moët and Chandon has announced it will be paying 4% more for its grapes this year compared with last.


Low-cost supermarket retailer Lidl is spending £1m on its first ever premium wine range for the UK, enlisting a quartet of Masters of Wine to taste and rank the products.

Santo Stefano Belbo

As I took a few pictures (like the one below), I felt puzzled. I tasted some of the wines from these hillsides, and the puzzle deepened to intrigue. A few…

Playboy Wine Club

Men’s lifestyle brand Playboy has launched a new online wine club offering ‘sinfully seductive wines’ and ‘sexy, spicy Spanish reds’.

Bordeaux vineyard

The Cru Bourgeois Alliance is planning to introduce two or three new levels into its annual listing – possibly for the 2012 vintage.