Days before a US jury acquitted Tom Barrack, ex head of Colony Capital, former owners of Château Lascomes, of illegal foreign lobbying charges, the Margaux estate was acquired by another American, Gaylon Lawrence of Lawrence Wine Estates. This is only the latest episode in the long, checkered history of a 2nd growth chateau that has had many memorable owners, none of whom have kept it for long.
A winery in Romania, home to Dracula, was pleased to receive an order from the US owner of a brand called Vampire. When they subsequently tried to sell other brands of their own such as Bloody Merlot, referencing the same myth, they came up against a litigious US system that proved very costly. W. Blake Gray offers valuable advice for would-be exporter to this enticing market.
The dispute over the Basque part of Rioja, the "Rioja Alavesa", continues following the Basque regional government approval of the DO "Arabako Mahastiak - Viñedos de Álava". The Basques have a strong argument: higher quality standards.
Traceability is a term that is increasingly used, along with the assertion that "consumers want to know where stuff comes from." A New Zealand company is using technology familiar from TV police forensic programmes to help a super premium wine estate to give assurance about the provenance of its wines.
New Zealand firm, Oritain, is partnering with a super-premium winery in using forensic technology and QR codes to guarantee traceability of its single vineyard wines
The process, pioneered with products such as cotton, meat and apples, involves analysis of trace elements and isotopes in soil, grape and wine
Because these do not degenerate over time, the traceability remains effective throughout the life of the wine
The Oritain system does not rely on blockchain or RFTs but does not yet guarantee authenticity of individual bottles