Penfolds goes French, following in some Illustrious Footsteps

Will Penfolds decision to launch super-premium French, Californian and French-Australian and California-Australia blends under its own label inspire others to follow its example? Robert Joseph reports. 

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Devil's Advocate 2 - A Taste For Luxury

Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy - LVMH - has just added Joseph Phelps to its wine portfolio. What are the implications for the prices of its wines?

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Winery Buys Iconic Art Deco Music Venue

JaM Cellars may not be a name associated with super premium Napa Valley wines, but its purchase of the Uptown Theatre in the heart of the town of Napa, ensures that many local residents and visitors to the region are familiar with the brand.

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Cool New Appellation in Sonoma

While the Napa Valley still gets the most attention, the seaboard hills of Sonoma are increasingly attractive to winemakers looking for conditions that will survive climate change.

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Another California Wine Group Embraces Cannabis and Zero Alcohol

Famous Napa wine brands now live under the same roof as hemp-induced cider, illustrating the collapse in the boundaries between different kinds of beverage.

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California Faces Another Severe Drought

The two largest reservoirs in the biggest wine producing region in the US are dangerously empty. What does this mean for entry-level California wine?

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‘California List’ of Top Wines Stirs Interest – and Controversy

Publication of the UK list draws debate about who’s on and who’s not and raises questions of whether it was a bad idea – or very clever marketing. Roger Morris gauges the reaction.

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Another Drought Year in California

Over 90% of California is officially suffering from 'extreme drought'. at the beginning of a seven-month dry season. The implications for grapegrowers who rely on irrigation water and residents who face the threat of a third year of devastating wildfires are very worrying. Bulk wine producers elsewhere may benefit from California's woes, however..

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Expensive Acquisitions in California

Shafer Vineyards sold for $250 million to a Korean Investor

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