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Swan Valley fears over Californian grape risk

Daily Wine News - vor 30 Minuten 44 Sekunden
IMPORTED Californian table grapes have the potential to decimate the local industry, industry growers say.The Swan Valley Grape Growers Association has come out swinging in its defence of its local product after a Federal Government recommendation that fresh, California-grown grapes be allowed to enter WA for the first time. California grapes have been imported into the other Australian states since 2002 but are not permitted in WA because of fears of introducing new diseases.

Vineyard celebrates 150 years since first planting

Daily Wine News - vor 30 Minuten 44 Sekunden
It's been 150 years since George Francis planted Isabella vines on his property in Port Macquarie. His vines went in at Douglas Vale in 1863, 25 years after Henry Fancourt White, an assistant surveyor, established the first vineyard, Clifton, on nearby land. Ian Cupit, from the Douglas Vale Conservation Group, says the Mr Francis put a quarter of his 18 hectare property under vines. All that remained when the group formed in 1995 to restore and conserve the property were three of the original vines.

Pask Winery in Hastings expects vintage of the century from Gimblett Rd chardonnay grapes (NZ)

Daily Wine News - vor 30 Minuten 44 Sekunden
About this time every year you might see strange-looking machinery rolling slowly along the main roads around Hawke's Bay, Warren Buckland writes. While you wait to pass them, spare a thought for the people who have been driving them long hours, day after day, harvesting the grape crop that has been ripening on the vines through this fantastic summer. Red-eyed with fatigue, winery workers are putting in the hours processing the fruit into wine which earns Hawke's Bay $275 million a year and which has our region described as "very exciting" by international journalists and consumers of fine wine.

French wine could get pricey, climate change study says (US)

Daily Wine News - vor 30 Minuten 44 Sekunden
That bottle of Bordeaux you put aside may become even rarer in the next few decades as climate change could reduce wine grape production in traditional parts of the world and move it elsewhere, researchers say. Danish Cabernet, anyone? Wine grape production's sensitivity to climate makes it a good test case for what could happen over the next several decades. And the land suitable for viticulture in current major wine producing regions could be reduced by 20% to 70% by 2050, depending on the amount of greenhouse gases produced, the researchers said this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

True Grape: Chenin Blanc back in vogue with connoisseurs of fine wine (Canada)

Daily Wine News - vor 30 Minuten 44 Sekunden
Originating in France’s Loire Valley, Chenin Blanc is a grape varietal that is experiencing a resurgence after many years of declining production. Quails’ Gate winemaker Grant Stanley believes Chenin’s decline in popularity stems in large part to all the sweet, flabby wines from California and South Africa that dominated the market over much of the past two decades, writes Gurvinder Bhatia in the Edmonton Journal.

Ascension Wine Estate in receivership (NZ)

Daily Wine News - vor 30 Minuten 44 Sekunden
Ascension Wine Estate – a winery and popular events venue in Matakana, north of Auckland – has been placed into receivership. The landmark winery on Matakana Rd was put into voluntary receivership on Monday when owners Darryl and Bridget Soljan asked the bank to call in the receivers.

Ridge Vineyards labels go full disclosure (US)

Daily Wine News - vor 30 Minuten 44 Sekunden
What’s the big deal? Isn’t wine just fermented grape juice, writes Dave McIntyre in the Washington Post. Ridge Vineyards, one of California’s premier wineries, recently announced that beginning with the 2011 vintage, its labels will list ingredients and “actions” taken in producing the wines. This move by such a high-profile winery could encourage others to list ingredients and heighten consumer awareness of the use of additives and modern techniques in winemaking.

Wines increasingly clad in celebrity names (US)

Daily Wine News - vor 30 Minuten 44 Sekunden
Fancy having Brangelina, Drew Barrymore and Dan Aykroyd over for dinner? No problem, they'll even bring the wine, writes Michelle Locke on OK, maybe the stars themselves won't show up, but their wines will appear with just a wave of a credit card. You might start with an aperitif of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's new Miraval rose, move on to a light pasta dish served with Barrymore Wine's pinot grigio, then perhaps finish up with a glass of Aykroyd's cabernet franc ice wine for dessert.

Unfiltered: Mumm's the Sparkler for Champion Giants (Wine Spectator) News & Features RSS - vor 1 Stunde 25 Minuten
Plus, a D.C. wine auction raises $1.2M for the American Heart Association, and Napa Valley is buzzing over its unprecedented BottleRock music, wine and food festival

Chateau de Sours drops Majestic Wine deal

Decanter News - vor 5 Stunden 5 Minuten
Chateau de Sours is calling time on its long-standing rosé supply deal with Majestic Wine.

NEWS FETCH – May 9, 2013

Wine Industry Insight - vor 5 Stunden 51 Minuten
TOP NEWS Most Shopper Sentiment Rebounding – But Not Millennials Pillar Of California Grape Industry Dies USDA declares SLO County agriculture disaster area Almost 1/3 Of Bee Colonies Died This Past Winter Constellation Mulls Share Buyback, First-Ever Dividend More of the Same Wasteful Farm Bill Spending Ag immigration provisions likely to avoid controversy Police in [...]

Fair Trade Comes to Wine (Wine Spectator) News & Features RSS - vor 6 Stunden 5 Minuten
Global farmer-assistance program extends help to grapegrowers in Argentina, Chile and South Africa

Alpana Singh on sommeliers, Chicago and The Boarding House

Dr Vino's wine blog - vor 6 Stunden 47 Minuten

When I was in Chicago a few months ago, I met up with Alpana Singh at her new restaurant, The Boarding House. Alpna has reinvented herself, stepping down as host of “Check, please!” and from a corporate job at Lettuce Entertain You to open her own restaurant. Stretched vertically over three public floors, the main floor bar area at The Boarding House serves wine and pizzas made to pair with wines under the arttistic installation of 9,000+ wineglasses (only takes about 36 person hours to clean!). Although I didn’t eat there, I checked the availability of a table for two in the vaulted dining room: they were booking 10 weeks out. I think that officially makes it a hot spot.

She told me about how she got into wine, what she’s doing to resolve the dearth of sommelier jobs, wither Chicago wine is restaurant-driven or shop-driven, and which wines make people say “wow.” Oh, and which is the greatest country in the world to be in as a wine consumer. Check out my interview with her over on

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Nigeria now second fastest growing market in the world for Champagne

Winetimes - vor 8 Stunden 5 Minuten
Nigerians spent £38m on Champagne last year, and data analyst Euromonitor forecasts that the country will splash out £68m on Champagne in 2017, with consumption in the west African country predicted to reach 1.1m litres by 2017. Oil barons, hip-hop music and Nigeria’s thriving movie industry, known as Nollywood, are all driving demand for the [...]

Duo buy Evening Land vines in Santa Rita Hills

Decanter News - vor 8 Stunden 5 Minuten
Sommelier Rajat Parr and winemaker Sashi Moorman plan to create a new 'domaine' in the Santa Rita Hills AVA of Santa Barbara County.

Rickety Bridge Release Their 2011 Foundation Stone

Winetimes - vor 9 Stunden 5 Minuten
Ever-unfolding innovation and creativity, while maintaining the magic of a 200-year history, are synonymous with the picturesque Franschhoek wine and lifestyle estate, Rickety Bridge. Their distinctive Rhône-style blend, The Foundation Stone, mirrors this trend of novelty and originality with the 2011 vintage comprising a new blend of six Rhône-style cultivars adorned in a new, vividly [...]

Bizcocho with Strawberries in Port Wine Sauce

Winetimes - vor 10 Stunden 4 Minuten
The Spanish enjoy ending their large meals with fresh fruit.When strawberries are in season, there’s nothing more delightful than enjoying freshly sliced strawberries over a bit of cake. This recipe adds Spanish flair by using light and fluffy Spanish Bizcocho and strawberries soaked in a sweet Port wine sauce. Fresh and easy to prepare. No [...]

Meat Flavoured Ice Cream for Dogs

Winetimes - vor 11 Stunden 4 Minuten
When it comes to owning a dog in the modern age, it’s normal to buy gourmet food, clothing and other luxuries to keep your pet happy. This is probably one of the reasons Arrfscarf has created their very own ice cream, tailored specifically for dogs. The Chicago-based gourmet dog food store has created five different [...]

Cuvée Winter Special

Winetimes - vor 12 Stunden 4 Minuten
This winter Cuvée at Simonsig has prepared a special 3 course menu with a complimentary glass of wine. Bring the whole family and enjoy a hot bowl of the finest soup or delight in a wild mushroom risotto sure to satisfy any hunger. Join us @R195 per person at Cuvée Restaurant during our new opening [...]

Extreme Wine South Africa: VinPro Information Day 2014

The Wine Economist - vor 12 Stunden 5 Minuten

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be returning to South Africa early next year to speak at VinPro Information Day on January 23, 2014. (You can read the agenda for the 2013 Information Day program here.)

VinPro, the service organization for 3600 South African wine producer members, announced yesterday that it will merge with Wine Cellars South Africa, creating a unified wine industry organization.  I’m honored to be invited to speak at the first Information Day program for the combined group and I look forward to meeting everyone and sharing what I know about global market developments while learning more about the dynamic Cape wine sector.

My previous visit to South Africa (to attend Cape Wine 2012 and give the keynote at the Nederburg Auction) was eye-opening — my only regrets were that I didn’t have more time to visit and study the different regions and that Sue wasn’t able to join me. Both of these concerns will be addressed this time as we will spend a couple of weeks touring before Information Day. Still not enough time to do justice to the Cape Winelands, but a big improvement!

We are just beginning to plan our visit. Use the comments section below or write to if you have suggestions of where we should go and what we should do.

Thanks again to VinPro for this opportunity. Looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones at VinPro Information Day 2014.