The California Wine Institute has rubbished claims from an anti-alcohol group that it should be renamed the ‘Big Alcohol Institute’ and is a ‘tool’ of global drinks corporations.
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.
Japan’s Suntory group has bought a majority stake in China’s leading premium wine importer, ASC Fine Wines, for an undisclosed sum.
The world of wine is shrinking, with global consumption falling and the total vineyard area decreasing during 2009, according to new figures.
UK off licence Wine Rack has been rescued from the collapsed First Quench retail empire.
The era of the US$100-plus bottle may be over as the US recession takes its toll on Baby Boomers’ wealth, according to a new report.
Nearly 400 more First Quench wine shops are to close before Christmas, with the loss of nearly 2,000 jobs, the company’s administrators said today.
Increased sales of wines from South Africa, New Zealand and Spain helped retailer Majestic Wine to a 9% rise in pre-tax profit for the six months to the end of
What would you expect to pay for the wine country estate home of San Francisco 49ers’ legendary quarterback and winemaker Joe Montana? US$49m, of course.
A Japanese supermarket group is slashing the price of this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau and selling the wine in plastic bottles in a bid to beat the recession.
Online retailer Amazon.com has abandoned plans to sell wine in the US after the project hit a series of problems.
Alcohol consumption in the UK is falling faster than at any time in the past 60 years, prompting calls for more targeted efforts at reducing alcohol-related harm.
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.
Burgundy-based wine producer Boisset has completed the acquisition of rival négociant Antonin Rodet for an undisclosed sum.
Champagne’s bubbles are more than mere decoration – they contain up to 30 times more flavour than the wine itself, scientists have discovered.
Anyone saving those extra-special bottles for Christmas and the New Year might want to consult a new biodynamic tasting calendar – and hold off on the corkscrew.
Sinatra Family Estates has launched its first wine - Napa cabernet called Come Fly With Me.
Takings at this year’s Nederburg Auction were down 16% on 2008, with the economic downturn depressing prices across all categories.
Port shippers are reporting buoyant sales of the recently-declared 2007 vintage, with strong demand in the recession-battered UK market depleting stocks.
Researchers in Chile have embarked on a quest to find a ‘super-Carmenere clone' in a bid to improve quality and consistency of the country’s signature grape variety.
Investigators probing a huge wildfire that began at a vineyard owned by Constellation Wines believe a firework used to scare birds may have started the blaze.
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
UK wine retailer Majestic has reduced its minimum in-store purchase to six bottles after a successful trial over the past year.
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 boss Paul Walsh has admitted that the UK drinks multinational is keen to buy Moët Hennessy – but only if the price is right.
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.
Reality television and the world of wine collide for the first time in a new US series which gives 12 men and women the chance to launch their own wine
Wineries in Chianti Classico will only be allowed to sell 80% of this year’s production in an effort to stabilise the market.
The owners of an award-winning Welsh vineyard say their business is under threat after the local council forced them to close their farm shop.
The first professional sake sommelier qualifications in the UK will start this autumn in London.