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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

Luxury leather handbag for wine lovers

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

US wine critic finds Bordeaux prices hard to swallow

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

Most Expensive Bottle of Red Wine

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

Trump wine coming to liquor store near you

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

Xu Lei Designs Mouton Rothschild’s Label

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

World’s oldest champagne uncorked

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

Most Expensive Bottle of Wine Ever Sold at Auction

Three bottles of Chateau Lafite’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 Sotheby’s, which offered almost 2,000 bottles of Lafite shipped directly from the cellars of the chateau in Pauillac, near … Continued

George Lee: a date with wine

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.

India dreams of success with ‘chateau mango’

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 top for business class wines

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 winner’s corner.” … Continued

French Chateau Revives Old Shipping Method

Follow sailing ship the Bessie-Ellen online, as it transports 20,000 bottles of Château Smith Lafite and Château de Cayx Bordeaux to Montreal on July 21. Château Smith Lafite and Château 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

Wine Dispenser by Acquacalda

Italian design collective Acquacalda have designed a range of kitchen gadgets based on the laws of physics, including this device for pouring exactly equal amounts of wine into four glasses.

Fraud alert over Bordeaux wine futures

Concerns are growing in some wine industry circles that a few rogue Chinese wine traders may be mounting a wine scam, just as the 2009 Bordeaux futures sales are poised to begin, experts fear. Fine wine merchant Bordeaux Index alleged that unscrupulous traders in Shanghai had hoodwinked private customers into ordering and paying for the … Continued