Tue, 10/22/2019 - 10:37

Les Grands Chais de France, one of France's biggest wine companies, has bought a Burgundy negociant.

French powerhouse Les Grands Chais de France (GCDF) has purchased Maison Desvignes Ainé et Fils near Chablis. According to the company, the September acquisition “will increase the Group’s scale and capacity in the appellation, as well as help to stabilise supply in challenging vintages”.

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 10:00

While there is an urgent environmental need to reduce pesticides, not every vigneron can go organic. Olivier Thery looks at the HVE alternative.

The market for organic wine is booming. But while demand keeps rising, the supply side seems to be lagging. France is still going strong: 12% of its vineyards are now farmed organically, an increase of one-fifth in 2018, according to the French Agence Bio.

Mon, 10/21/2019 - 10:48

Event organiser Pancho Campo found himself in a sticky situation on a recent visit to South Africa. He told his story to Felicity Carter.

Spanish businessman Pancho Campo was kidnapped and robbed at gunpoint outside Cape Town on Saturday, October 12th.

Mon, 10/21/2019 - 09:50

Michael Clarke shocked the Australian stock market on Monday when he announced his retirement from Treasury Wine Estates, wiping more than $1 billion off the value of the company.

Michael Clarke, CEO of Australia’s Treasury Wine Estates (TWE), has announced that he will be retiring in 2021, a shock announcement that wiped AUD$1.5 billion ($1.01 bn) from the company’s market value on Monday.

The announcement was made by webcast.

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 19:36

Ettore Nicoletto, the well-respected CEO of Italy's Santa Margherita Group, has resigned. Michèle Shah reports.

Ettore Nicoletto, Group CEO of the Santa Margherita Wine Group, the Italian wine giant owned by the third generation of the Marzotto family, will be stepping down in April 2020.

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 18:39

This week, a Parisian chef launched a social media campaign to stop people putting ice cubes in their wine. He spoke to Jeff Siegel.

Alexandre Callet's quest to keep ice cubes out of wine glasses may seem quaint in these days of wine trade wars, declining demand, and the rise of the neo-Prohibitionists.

But then again, maybe Callet understands something about wine that the rest of the world takes for granted.

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 11:33

Another luxury hotel now boasts a Moët & Chandon Champagne vending machine. Is this a new route to consumers?

The Lexington Hotel in New York City has become the latest venue to install a Moët & Chandon vending machine.

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 12:06

Natural wine has hit the mainstream, with books, articles, bars and fairs popping up everywhere. And now comes a natural wine auction. Felicity Carter asks what it all means.

A collection of 1,3000 bottles of natural wine is up for auction on

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 11:30

Jamie Ritchie, head of Sotheby's global wine business, says the price of Bordeaux is too low relative to other prestige regions. He spoke with Roger Morris.

As global wine director for the auction house, Sotheby’s, Jamie Ritchie knows a thing or two about wine prices and where the bargains are.

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 11:19

Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, who brought the eponymous Champagne House back into the family, has passed the company on to the next generation.

Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger has stepped down as president of Taittinger Champagne, effective 31 December 2019.The new president is his daughter, Vitalie Taittinger.

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 10:19

A new survey by GlobalData shows the wine topics that grabbed people on Twitter in the third quarter of 2019.

If you’ve ever wandered into the wine section of Twitter, you could be forgiven for thinking it was nothing but an endless debate about the merits of commercial wines versus artisanal wines. But it turns out that people use Twitter to talk about wine styles and specific wines.

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 09:51

A California technology company has developed a WeChat Mini Program in conjunction with the California International Trade Office, to help make life easier for Chinese tourists.

Chinese visitors to the Napa Valley can now navigate their way around using a “Welcome to Napa” program available on WeChat, China’s multi-purpose social media app. Users can either plan their own routes, or can choose from one, two, or three-day itineraries.

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 08:46

On Wednesday, 9 October, California's electricity was shut off in a series of rolling blackouts. Jeff Siegel found out what happened next.

No electricity, no running water. Tom Hixson, a Napa retiree, said the scene reminded him of what happens just before a hurricane: "There was a run on services – ATMs were drained of money, stations ran out of gas, ice and staple groceries were all gone."

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 12:34

Luc Belaire, a French wine producer, has launched an old-fashioned arcade game for wine.

A French wine producer has created an arcade-style game that lets players win bottles of wine. Luc Belaire, produced in the south of France, has launched the Belaire Claw Machine, the first of its kind for wine.

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 09:47

The French are drinking less Champagne, thanks to a restrictive new law plus a generally gloomy outlook. Sophie Kevany reports.

A combination of gloom plus a new law are being blamed for a sharp drop in demand for Champagne in France.