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Ornellaia 2015 vintage auction raises £123,000

Ornellaia 2015 vintage auction raises £123,000

An auction of limited edition Ornellaia 2015 wines with special designs by South African artist William Kentridge has raised £123,000 for the Victoria & Albert museum in London. Additional reporting by John Stimpfig.

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The Unique Salmanazar by William Kentridge

Latest charity auction raises money for V&A…

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Brexit warning from the Comité Champagne

Brexit warning from the Comité Champagne

The head of the Comité Champagne has warned that houses and growers could feel the effects of a ‘difficult 10 years’ for the UK economy, but that markets elsewhere are currently making up for weaker sales in the country.

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The future could be difficult for the UK…

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Napa Valley wineries head off Brexit with UK name ruling

Napa Valley wineries head off Brexit with UK name ruling

Napa Valley will still be a protected name in the UK following Brexit, no matter what happens in negotiations between the country and the EU, according to the California wine region’s main trade body.

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To Kalon vineyard, Napa Valley

Napa Valley wines seek to guarantee protection in UK…

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Future of wine may include drones and edible bottles, says merchant

Future of wine may include drones and edible bottles, says merchant

Future wine lovers may be able to eat the bottles as well as drink the contents, after receiving their latest order via drone, suggests a report on the future of wine ordering and drinking, published by Armit Wines in collaboration with a food futurologist.

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What will future wine trends bring…?

Gazing into the crystal ball…

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‘Cru Artisans’ wine classification re-launched in Médoc

‘Cru Artisans’ wine classification re-launched in Médoc

Bordeaux has this week seen the re-launch of a classification designed to give recognition to some of the smaller-scale wine producers beyond the Médoc’s more famous names.

Cru Artisans du Medoc
Maxime Saint-Martin is the new president of the Cru Artisan ranking.

Classification for smaller-scale producers re-launched…

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Hugh Johnson: When bottles surprise you

Hugh Johnson: When bottles surprise you

Hugh Johnson considers those times when your highly anticipated bottles end up a disappointment…

Wine can be hard to predict…

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Champagne growers hit by violent hailstorm

Champagne growers hit by violent hailstorm

Hailstones bigger than golf balls have caused at least some damage to 500 hectares of vines in the Côte des Bar area in the south of the Champagne region, according to initial estimates.

Côte des Bar area map.
Côte des Bar area map.

Several hundred hectares damaged in the Aube region…

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Bordeaux makes way for Burgundy and whisky at Sotheby’s

Bordeaux makes way for Burgundy and whisky at Sotheby’s

Bordeaux’s share of sales has fallen to a record low at Sotheby’s as consumers, especially in Hong Kong, have switched to Burgundy and whisky, shows a new report from the auction house.

Richebourg grand cru, burgundy vineyard
Richebourg Grand Cru in Burgundy’s Côte de Nuits.

Bordeaux share of revenue falls to record low…

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Buying wine en primeur: How to approach it

Buying wine en primeur: How to approach it

Colin Hay, a professor of political economy with a special interest in the Place de Bordeaux, considers the different ways of approaching en primeur purchasing, as the Bordeaux 2017 campaign gets underway.

The cellar room at Château Pavie.
The cellar room at Château Pavie.

En primeur is a rather strange and, arguably, arcane system of buying and selling wine in which the consumer purchases …Continue reading »

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Pre-French Revolution wines to be sold at auction

Pre-French Revolution wines to be sold at auction

Three bottles of ‘vin jaune’ from 1774, some of the oldest preserved wines in the world, are to be sold at an auction in Jura and are expected to fetch up to £20,000 each.

1774 Vin Jaune wines
The wines are expected to sell for up to £20,000.

‘Vin jaune’ from 1774…

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