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London-based wine writer Jamie Goode’s musings snagged the title of Best Overall Wine Blog at the 2012 Wine Blog Awards.

China loves red wine

While China is drinking more and more wine each year it appears also that consumers are drinking more and more of the same type of wine.

Chinese tycoons snap up Bordeaux chateaux

The world’s largest producer of alcohol from goji berries and an elusive tycoon have become the latest super rich Chinese investors to invest in Bordeaux wine estates. Already a prized investment for the increasingly wine-savvy Chinese, five more chateaux in the heart of France’s most renowned wine country have been snapped up in the past … Continued

Top airline wines found on board Qantas, ANA

Qantas has kept its reputation sky high in the annual competition to determine the best wines served aboard the world’s airlines. The Cellars in the Sky Awards, organized by Business Traveller Magazine UK, were announced at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on Monday, with Qantas triumphing in no fewer than six categories. Delta, Jetstar, LAN, … Continued

Chinese wines beat Bordeaux in blind tasting

A region of northern China that began growing grapes for fine wine just a decade ago has beaten the French wine-producing region of Bordeaux in a blind tasting. A group of wine experts ranked the bottles from the remote and sparsely populated Ningxia region above those from Bordeaux at the tasting, held in Beijing. The … Continued

Traveller blows $66,000 on wine at Paris duty free

A shopper has broken the record for duty-free purchases at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport by splurging nearly 50,000 euros on six bottles of exclusive wine. The shopper, who was identified only as “an Asian”, bought a bottle of Romanee Conti 1995, a Chateau Margaux 2003, two bottles of Chateau Lafitte 1982 and two bottles … Continued

Karl Lagerfeld x Château Rauzan-Ségla

To help mark the 350th anniversary of the Château Rauzan-Ségla vineyard, Karl Lagerfeld has designed the label for the 2009 vintage. The 2009 vintage wine will feature a special colorful label highlighting the castle found in the Margaux appellation of Bordeaux, France.

Banana Republic launches holiday wine

Clothing company Banana Republic has teamed up with a California winery to create limited-edition holiday bottles that target the female wine sipper with hand-sketched labels of the little black dress and fancy, sweeping red frocks. It’s the latest winery to court the female tippler with images of pretty party dresses and promises of chic, sophisticated … Continued

Booming China is number one Bordeaux importer

The booming Chinese mainland is now the largest importer of Bordeaux by volume, driving a jump in exports of the French wine, an industry body said. Exports from the French winegrowing region rose 34 percent in value and 23 percent in volume between July 2010 and June 2011. The boom was driven in part by … Continued

World’s most expensive white wine sold for £75,000

A 200-year-old vintage from Bordeaux set a new world record for the most valuable bottle of white wine Tuesday when it was sold in Britain for £75,000 ($117,000). The bottle of 1811 Chateau dYquem was bought by French private collector Christian Vanneque, for his new restaurant in Bali, Indonesia. The standard-sized, 75 centilitre bottle of … Continued