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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

Christie’s sued in counterfeit wine case

A Palm Beach billionaire has uncorked a suit charging Christie’s auction house is in cahoots with counterfeit wine sellers. William Koch is still steaming about four bottles of wine supposedly owned by Thomas Jefferson that he bought for more than $300,000, which allegedly turned out to be fakes. He’s already sued the seller – and … Continued

China ousts US as Bordeaux’s top client

China‘s seemingly unquenchable thirst for wine has ousted America as Bordeaux’s number one client outside Europe, latest figures showed Friday. With overall exports down a large 23 percent in 2009, vintners are now looking to the East to drain their cellars. “China has become our first client outside the European Union,” said Alain Vironneau, president … Continued

World’s biggest wine brand created in France

In the sun-drenched south of France, the world’s largest vineyard has launched a new, simplified brand called “Pays d’Oc”, creating the number one French wine export to compete against New World brands. Languedoc-Roussillon covers 35 percent (or 260,200 hectares) of all French vineyards, making it the biggest producer worldwide. As of the 2009 vintage, soon … Continued

After luxury bags, counterfeit luxury wines

Petrus, Romanee-Conti, Chateau d’Yquem — wines coveted by connoisseurs, and targeted by counterfeiters. According to French wine professionals, a handful of rare and fine wines face the same threat from fraud as luxury handbags and designer sunglasses. Trafficking in fake wine has “always existed a little, but it’s definitely amplified with the rising prices of … Continued

Beaujolais nouveau hot in Japan, literally

Japan’s craze for Beaujolais nouveau has beaten the recession, with tourists taking a dip in a hot mountain spring coloured red with the fruity wine. The Hakone Kowakien Yunessun spa resort celebrated the annual uncorking of the seasonal drop by having a sommelier pour a few bottles into an open-air hot spring bath as holiday-makers … Continued

LVMH buys 50% share in Chateau Cheval Blanc

LVMH has bought a 50% stake in St-Emilion’s Château Cheval Blanc from its billionaire chairman and controlling shareholder, Bernard Arnault. However financial terms were not disclosed in the release, which pointedly failed to mention that LVMH was acquiring the Bordeaux wine from Arnault. Arnault, reputedly France’s richest man, bought Cheval-Blanc with Belgian businessman Albert Frère … Continued

Dubai airport sells world’s rarest wines

Dubai International Airport’s new fine wine and spirits shop is to sell some of the world’s rarest wines in the world – duty free. The wines in « Le Clos » include Château Petrus 1947 ($12,500/  bottle), Château Cheval Blanc 1961 in magnum ($15,750) and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2005 ($27,770/ bottle). The shop also … Continued

$1 Million wine book (wine included)

A $1 million wine book, weighing 30kg, is set to be released in the Spring of 2010. The Wine Opus will list the world’s top 100 wineries. That’s not a typo: $1 million. Because . . . every purchaser of the book will also receive a six-bottle case of wine from every one of the … Continued

Beijing hosts China’s first fine French wine auction

From famous chateaux ranging from Lafite to Margaux and Mouton, wine lovers had a chance to bid for top French wine in Beijing on Friday at the first wine auction yet on the Chinese mainland. Around 1,000 bottles of fine wine from France’s renowned Bordeaux area were on auction with a starting price of several … Continued

The Best Job In The World – Part 2

JOB AD “We at the Murphy-Goode Winery got to thinking about the new age of communications and we figured it was a pretty good thing. So to get going, were looking for someone who really knows how to use Web 2.0 and Facebook and blogs and social media and YouTube and all sorts of good … Continued

Chateau Lafite Heads To China

One of the great names in wine-making, Domaines Barons de Rothschild, said Sunday it plans to develop a vineyard in China to take advantage of growing interest in wine here. Chateau Lafite has a very high reputation on China and has partnered with CITIC, China’s largest state-owned investment company on 62 acres of vines on … Continued

Château Latour for sale?

The future of the Château Latour vineyard was in question after it emerged that the investment bank Lazard is discreetly offering the label for sale to French competitors. Owned by the president of the luxury-goods group PPR, François Pinault, Château Latour is regarded as one of the finest wines from the Medoc region. The Château … Continued