Richard Woodard

US exports fall

US wine export volumes fell 15% in 2009, impacted by the global economic downturn and a tough year in the highly competitive UK market.

Wine Advocate: high praise for Port 2007

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate has offered a ringing endorsement of the 2007 Port vintage, with 40 out of 59 wines tasted awarded 90 or more points.

NuKorc goes bankrupt

NuKorc, the world’s second biggest synthetic cork maker, has filed for bankruptcy with estimated debts of AUS$4m.

Porto: Travel

An exhausted Richard Woodard reports on the Festa de São João, a manic day (and night) of partying – and hitting people with hammers

Phelps: $30m award upheld

A San Francisco court has upheld an award of US$30m to the former CEO and ex-winemaker of Joseph Phelps for their share in the renowned Napa winery.

New threat to France: the New New World

Traditional wine-producers like France must bolster their domestic markets as well as pursuing exports, according to a wide-ranging new report.

Collapsed wine merchant Cockburns of Leith has been rescued by a drinks wholesaler owned by former Glasgow Rangers Football Club chairman Sir David Murray.

Jeanjean and Michel Laroche merge

French wine producers Jeanjean and Michel Laroche have formally merged to create AdVini – the country’s largest quality wine group.


California wine shipments in the US fell for the first time in 16 years in 2009 as consumers turned to cheaper bulk imported wines, according to new figures.

Majestic reports sales surge

Majestic Wine has reported a surge in Christmas sales fuelled by Champagne and sparkling wine – and the collapse of Thresher.

‘Banned’ grape is mother of Chardonnay

The humble Gouais Blanc grape variety – once banned in Europe because of its poor quality – is the mother of leading varieties including Chardonnay and Gamay, according to a

Coppola sues Vinocor

Francis Ford Coppola is suing packaging firm Vinocor USA, alleging that its defective bottles and screwcaps ruined 55,000 cases of his new Encyclopedia wine range.

Suntory buys ASC Fine Wines

Japan’s Suntory group has bought a majority stake in China’s leading premium wine importer, ASC Fine Wines, for an undisclosed sum.