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. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
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.
Thatâ€™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. Continue reading →
“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 â€” 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 â€” a six-month job paying $10,000 a month plus accommodations! Continue reading →
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.”
The future of the Château Latourvineyard 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. Continue reading →
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, Iâ€™d be curious to see how the wineâ€™s flavor is affected when itâ€™s aerated in this fashion. Would wine open up more quickly with the â€˜RainManâ€™ decanter, or would it become stale?
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 â‚¬1,500 ($2,000). Wine is good for the heart right ? ^_^
After an absence of seven years, Christieâ€™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, ChÃ¢teau Latour.
Christieâ€™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 ChÃ¢teau Latour. One of the top prizes is a 1900 magnum estimated at $18,000 – $24,000. The Latour selection in its entirety is expected to realize in excess of HK $10 million.
If youâ€™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.
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 â€˜Paceâ€™ alloy wheels wrapped in 205/40 Yokohama S-Drive rubber.
Each of the 12 cars will have their ownerâ€™s name printed on a numbered plaque. The price has not been unveiled yet.
Leave it to the French to devise an elegant, ultrafast method for opening a single bottle of wine or an entire case ^_^
Peugeotâ€™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.
Acker Merrall & Condit conducted its first wine auction in Hong Kong on May 31, which realized $8.2 million and established new record.
The total was the highest for any wine auction held in Hong Kong to date (the sales was held in the wake of new Hong Kong legislation that abolished all taxes and duties on wine).
Bidding was fiercely competitive for a case of 6 magnums of ChÃ¢teau Mouton Rothschild 1945 which fetched HK$1,306,000 (US$167,436) and a case of 12 bottles of ChÃ¢teau Mouton Rothschild 1945 sold for HK$1,210,000 (US$155,128). Continue reading →