World consumption of wine increased slightly in 2011 thanks to added consumers in the U.S. and China.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
A designer has reinterpreted the concept of wine-in-a-bag for the sophisticated, female oenophile in the form of luxurious French goatskin and Swiss workmanship. Claudia Eicke’s Weekender bag is for the wine-loving female who routinely carries a bottle of vino in addition to her lip gloss, smartphone and day planner. Made from natural grain goatskin from … Continued
Robert Parker – one of the world’s most influential wine critics – is alarmed by the high price of Bordeaux wine, saying the region risks hurting itself by focusing so much on the East Asian market. “Bordeaux is the epicenter of the greatest wines,” he said. “I hate to see the image damaged by the … Continued
One of 600 bottles of Romanée-Conti Wine from 1945 that were produced during the end of World War II, set a new world record price for a 750ml bottle of red burgundy at Christie’s auction sale in Geneva on May 17. The legendary vintage of the bottle was estimated between $56,000 to $78,000, and was … Continued
Want to wine and dine like Donald Trump? Sip on a glass of Trump Wine. After ongoing negotiations, the real estate tycoon finalized the deal to buy the Kluge Estate Winery and Vineyard outside Charlottesville in Virginia last week. He paid the bargain price of $6.2 million for 800 acres in a bank auction, reported … Continued
Mouton-Rothschild has asked a Beijing artist, Xu Lei, to design the label for its 2008 vintage, in the footsteps of Georges Braque, Salvador Dali or Joan Miro. Kept under wraps until the last moment, the predominantly blue painting features a ram standing on a rock and was chosen by Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, owner of … Continued
Wine experts Wednesday popped the corks of two bottles of champagne recently salvaged from the bottom of the Baltic Sea. They had lain in a sunken ship for nearly 200 years, 50 meters below the surface in the waters south of Aaland, a Finnish-controlled archipelago of 6,500 islands. On stage, they eased the fragile corks … Continued
Three bottles of Chateau Lafiteâ€™s 1869 vintage each sold for a record price of HK$1.8 million ($230,000) at a sale in Hong Kong last saturday. All three were bought by the same Asian telephone bidder, said Sothebyâ€™s, which offered almost 2,000 bottles of Lafite shipped directly from the cellars of the chateau in Pauillac, near … Continued
George Lee’s “A Date with Wine” is a wine stopper with twist-able date rings to help you remember when you opened a bottle.
Researchers in India say they have developed a wine made from mangoes that they hope might one day compete with the traditional grape-based variety. Scientists at the Central Institute of Subtropical Horticultural Research in Lucknow have produced wines using three types of mango native to the local state of Uttar Pradesh — the Dussehri, Langra, … Continued
Austrian Airlines has topped a list of the best business class in-flight wines from US-based Global Traveler magazine. It beat Qatar Airways by only 0.28 of a point to take the award, which the magazine said “was not dependent on one or two high-scoring blockbusters pulling the rest of its wines into the winnerâ€™s corner.” … Continued
Follow sailing ship the Bessie-Ellen online, as it transports 20,000 bottles of ChÃ¢teau Smith Lafite and ChÃ¢teau de Cayx Bordeaux to Montreal on July 21. ChÃ¢teau Smith Lafite and ChÃ¢teau de Cayx are using a classic sailing ship to transport their vintages to North America. The sailing ship being used, the 120-foot (36.5 meter) Bessie-Ellen … Continued