Richard Woodard

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.

Berry Bros to close Dublin shop

Berry Bros & Rudd is to close its Dublin wine shop this summer after ten years of operation, blaming high costs and an inadequate return on investment.

Murphy-Goode offers job of a lifetime

Could it be the perfect wine job? California’s Murphy-Goode Winery is offering US$10,000 a month for someone to eat good food, drink wine, live in a luxury home – and…

Adnams hits back at critics

Adnams has hit back at criticism over the business’s recent expansion and ‘anachronistic’ share structure.

Gallo faces fine over illegal water use

US wine giant E&J Gallo is facing a US$73,000 fine over an illegal reservoir which may have helped reduce the habitat for an endangered species of trout.

Wine closure maker Oeneo protects patent

Closure manufacturer Oeneo has successfully protected the technology behind its Diam 'technical cork' in a court victory against rival closure companies.

Exports: France drops behind Italy and Spain

France has been relegated to third place behind Italy and Spain in the league table of wine exporting nations, according to new figures released by the International Organisation of Vine…

Sotheby’s HK sale pulls in double expectations

Sotheby’s first-ever single-owner wine auction in Asia has been hailed as ‘an outstanding success’ after it realised just under HK$50m (US$6.4m) – roughly double pre-sale estimates.

Constellation cuts more jobs

Constellation Brands, the world's largest wine producer, is to cut up to 450 jobs thanks to weak Christmas trading in Australia, Europe and especially the UK.

Boisset acquires Fat Bastard rival

French wine group Boisset has bought rival company Société Gabriel Meffre, owner of La Chasse du Pape and the Fat Bastard brand.

Diageo axes 150 jobs

Drinks giant Diageo is to cut 150 jobs in North America in April, as it combines its wine and beer divisions.

Torres pulls out of Vinexpo

Torres has become the latest wine producer to pull out of this year’s Vinexpo event in Bordeaux, joining fellow high-profile absentees Gallo and Constellation.

US wine exports break $1bn

US wine exports exceeded $1bn in 2008, helped by huge increases in shipments to Hong Kong and China.