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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 now he’s trained his sights on the auction house, claiming it knew the Bordeaux was bogus.
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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 of the CIVB, Bordeaux’s wine trade body, in a press conference, hailing both Hong Kong and China as “dynamic”.

China’s buying power comes at a particularly opportune moment as France’s leading wine region struggles to survive the economic crisis.
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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 to hit store shelves, one-third of that production or 760 million bottles of wine will be sold by vintage and grape variety under the Pays d’Oc brand.

This will make them the world’s fifth largest exporter of varietal wine. And with 33 grape varieties in production in the region, the market potential is impressive.
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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 fine wines”.
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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 enjoyed soaking themselves.

It was the fourth annual bath using the produce of the French winery Laboure Roi at the spa, which also offers baths with green tea, coffee and sake.
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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 in 1998 for a reported €155m.
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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 stocks a number of New World wines, including vintages from Napa icons Opus One, Harlan Estate and Screaming Eagle.
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$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 100 wineries listed.

The book is published by Kraken Opus, which has previously launched extravagant works on fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, Indian cricket ace Sachin Tendulkar and Argentine footballer Diego Maradona.
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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 hundred to several thousand U.S. dollars Xinhua reports.

94 percent of the wines were sold and over 90 percent of the buyers said they would drink the wines themselves, not for investment.
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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 stuff like that — to tell the world about our wines and the place where we live: the Sonoma County Wine Country.

In exchange, were offering you a Really Goode Job — a six-month job paying $10,000 a month plus accommodations!
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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 a peninsula in eastern China’s Shandong province.

“I am very pleased to develop a vineyard in a country where the interest in fine wines is increasing every year.


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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 Latour estate consists of 78 hectares of Bordeaux vineyards but only grapes from the 47 hectares that surround the chateau at the heart of the estate are used to make the Grand Vin de Château Latour.
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Real gold flakes in Gold Cuvée

Gold Cuvée is a sparkling wine with real, edible 22 carat gold flakes! Yes, it has real, edible gold flakes and it’s really bubbly so ideal for Christmas or bringing in the New Year!

Produced from pinot grapes, this wine and gold combination is a rare find worldwide…and it is an ideal stocking filler. So, why not join those before you, and develop a taste for gold!

You will find Gold Cuvee at the VOM FASS concessions in Selfridges.
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Purple Rain In Your Glass

Designed by Matilda Sundén Ringnérs, the Rainman Carafe is a wonderful little accessory that allows you to serve drinks with style, simplicity and class.

Unlike most other serving pots, it has 8 holes at its top end which allows the drink to pour out like a beautiful shower. It is not just ergonomic, it reduces your chances of nasty spill : )

As a drinker, I’d be curious to see how the wine’s flavor is affected when it’s aerated in this fashion. Would wine open up more quickly with the ‘RainMan’ decanter, or would it become stale?

Petit Coeur – Luxury Wine Glass

The Petit Coeur (meaning Little Heart) drinking glass is the latest creation of Etienne Menueau, a French designer who brought us a series of unusually-shaped carafes.

This work of art is an abstract reinterpretation of the human heart, complete with its atriums, ventricles, and an aorta for a spout.

The unique drinking glass is 20 cm tall, and made of borosilicate glass. only 12 (eight numbered and signed and four artist proofs) were made and they cost a shocking €1,500 ($2,000). Wine is good for the heart right ? ^_^

Christie’s Wine Auction in Hong Kong

After an absence of seven years, Christie’s wine department will be back in Asia for an auction on 29 Nov 2008 at the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre and it will open Christie’s Hong Kong Fall 2008 Sale Season.

Christie’s International Wine Department will conduct a focused sale of fine wine including select offerings from the cellars of first growth, Château Latour.

Christie’s Hong Kong sales totaled HK $2.4 billion in Spring 2008, the highest total ever achieved for any auction season in Asia.

The evening sale will feature around 250 selected lots, with 150 lots from Ch̢teau Latour. One of the top prizes is a 1900 magnum estimated at $18,000 Р$24,000. The Latour selection in its entirety is expected to realize in excess of HK $10 million.

Alongside the unique offering from Château Latour will be a further range of fine and rare wines, all sourced from impeccable European cellars, including rare Pétrus and other First Growth Bordeaux, a selection of exceptional Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, vintage Champagne and venerable Vintage Port and Old Cognacs.

A champagne holder for yacht owners

For the yacht owner who want all the luxuries onboard, you can now add the gimballed champagne holder to your accessories, so as not to spill a drop of Champagne anymore!

The extraordinary hand-manufactured piece “was designed for Dutch company Bottler BV by a famous Dutch interior yacht designer, who was inspired by Gerolamo Cardano, the Italian physician, philosopher and mathematician. In 1537 he developed his ‘cardanic suspension’ (gimbals), in order to hold the compass stably against the ships movements.” It is designed with three concentric rings hold the bottle perpendicularly no matter the motion of the boat.

This extraordinary tribute to hedonism is made with watch-making precision and available in three different metals (brass, nickel and gold-plated) to match the interior of any yacht

Prices start from €5.500 (Bottler “J-Class limited edition” is priced €10.000)

For additional details or more information regarding Bottler, please contact Nathalie Beck, [email protected]

Walk-In Wine, luxury Cellar Vault

If you’re wealthy enough to have 1500 bottles of good wine lying around, then you probably also have the money to buy this Walk-In Wine Cellar Vault at Bar Cigars & Brew, which provides safe and secure storage of your wine in a computer climate controlled environment.

Featuring a brushed aluminum exterior, the inside can holds approximately 1,500 bottles.

It targets the sophisticated collector without the burdens and complications arising from creating a custom cellar.


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Transport your wine in style

Italian coachbuilder Aznom used the recent Top Marques Monaco event to unveil its new “Chateau” hatch based on the new Mini Clubman S, a Mini that, thanks to its name evokes the elegance of the world of the Grands Chateaux.

The custom Mini Chateau will be produced in a limited run of just 12 examples and will keep the elegant wood trim and shockproof wine cellar, capable of holding six bottles, of the concept model.

Concerning the inner features, the match of aged / gaucho leather and Alcantara creates a warm vintage atmosphere that embraces the passengers in a special trip of elegance, emotion and tradition, while its exterior surfaces have been covered in a custom iridescent brown and gold paint.
Wood trim has been used both on the exterior and in the cabin

Other features include 18in TSW ‘Pace’ alloy wheels wrapped in 205/40 Yokohama S-Drive rubber.

Each of the 12 cars will have their owner’s name printed on a numbered plaque. The price has not been unveiled yet.

Peugeot Electric Wine Opener

Leave it to the French to devise an elegant, ultrafast method for opening a single bottle of wine or an entire case ^_^

Peugeot’s cordless wine opener removes corks in a matter of seconds. Just position the compact, lightweight opener over the bottle and press a button: the precision corkscrew effortlessly extracts and releases the cork.

The stainless steel wine opener uncorks bottles in seconds with only a press of a button. It’s rechargeable, fits any size bottle, and works with natural and synthetic corks.

A nice gift for any wine connoisseur! It can be yours for $120 on Williams-Sonoma.