Announced in Portland, Oregon over the weekend, London-based wine writer Jamie Goode’s wineanorak.com musings snagged the title of Best Overall Wine Blog at the 2012 Wine Blog Awards, besting more than 500 submissions.
California winery Chandon has released a limited-edition bottle of patriotic sparkling wine in time for the summer Olympics decked out in red, white and blue stripes.
The limited edition Brut Classic is made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, and blended with 10 to 20 percent Reserve wines from previous harvests.
An Australian winery Friday unveiled 12 bottles of a rare vintage for sale at an eye-watering price of Aus$168,000 (US$170,350) each.
The wine is held in a unique hand-blown glass “ampoule” designed to provide the ideal environment for the liquor, and this is suspended inside a bespoke glass container which sits inside a wooden cabinet.
“It is our understanding this is one of the most expensive Australian wines released in this unique format,” said Penfolds spokeswoman Ildi Ireland.
In a sign of the wine times, one of the world’s most authoritative wine publications, Decanter, said it plans to launch a Chinese version of its website.
The move comes after another top wine publication, described as the wine bible for the French, La Revue du Vin de France, launched a Chinese version of its magazine last year.
French luxury crystal glassmaker Baccarat is hoping to revolutionise the experience of drinking wine with a new design that promises to settle the age-old argument between alcohol and the grape.
The tulip-shaped glass, with a wide flat base and a vertical “chimney”, will prevent the alcohol from overpowering the aroma of wine when the glass is swirled.
A bottle of French wine dating back to 1774 and dubbed “the wine of kings and the king of wines” fetched $49,200 at auction in Geneva on Tuesday.
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.
According to a recent survey produced to help promote May’s Vinexpo Asia-Pacific event — the largest wine industry gathering in the region — 99.5 percent of wine drunk in China is still wine, and 91 percent of the still wine drunk is red wine.
Champagne maker Moët-Hennessy has invested in a vineyard in the mountains of China that will produce red wine for the domestic Chinese market.
Luxury brand LVMH has signed an agreement with a major alcohol, wine and spirits distributor in China, VATS, to develop 30 hectares of vineyards at an altitude of 2,400 m in the mountains of Yunnan, in southwestern China.
The luxury Champagne brand had previously acquired a Chinese spirits brand from the Sichuan area of China five years ago. Last year, Moët-Hennessy also began production of a premium sparkling wine in the province of Ningxia Hui.
World consumption of wine increased slightly in 2011 thanks to added consumers in the U.S. and China according to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine.
The organisation, an intergovernmental industry group, said 242 million hectolitres (mhl) of wine were drunk last year, up 0.7 percent from 2010.
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 few weeks.
Zhang Jinshan, 48, founder of the Ningxia Hong group based in northwestern China, bought Chateau du Grand Moueys from its German owner on Friday.
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, Qatar Airways, TAM, Emirates, Air France and Cathay Pacific also won awards.
Some 250 wines were entered by a total of 32 carriers, with the awards recognizing excellence in wines served in business and first class.
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 jury sampled five wines from each region, selecting a cabernet sauvignon from the Grace Vineyard in Ningxia as the top-scoring bottle.
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 of Petrus 1980, worth a total of 49,905 euros ($66,000).
The airport did not say when the purchases had been made, but noted that high-quality wines “sell better at the end of the year”.
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 nights out.
Banana Republic’s party dresses, rendered by the company’s creative director Simon Kneen, will be embellished on Clos du Bois’s most popular wines.
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.
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 wine was sold at London’s Ritz hotel by rare wine specialists The Antique Wine Company.
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 France, bottles can be tucked securely in the “tunnel” portion at the bottom of the bag which were specificaly designed to be stiff to prevent the wine from budging out of place.