UK Freezes Wine Tax Until 2025

The United Kingdom has one of the highest tax regimes on alcohol in the world. It was feared that a new regime to be applied next February would have made matters even worse, while introducing unworkable impracticality into the UK trade. Those threats have been lifted. For the moment.

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Wine Ingredient Listing Coming Soon - Via QR

Next year, labels of wines sold in Europe will have to reveal the number of calories they contain, and either nutritional and ingredient listing - or a link to this information online. How ready is the industry for this move?

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Ireland Rocks European Boat With Proposed New Alcohol Warning Labels

The Irish Department of Health has informed the European Commission on June 21, 2022, of a draft law involving alcohol warning labels that are likely to prove controversial.

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40 mill. Bottles Counterfeited in Catalonia

In October 2021, the Catalan group "Reserva de la Tierra" was suspected of putting wines with fake DO seals into circulation. According to current media reports, 40 million bottles worth about 14.2 million euro are affected by the fraud - significantly more than previously assumed. The insolvent company has been bought by the private equity firm Sherpa Capital.

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US Supreme Court Blocks Efforts to Dismiss Claims Against Glyphosate

Bayer, the German pharmaceutical giant, suffered a setback in the US when the Supreme Court allowed cases to proceed against its subsidiary Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller whose allegedly carcinogenic ingredient, glyphosate, is widely used by the wine industry.

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What’s in a Name – The Strange Case of Château Pauillac

In 1971, Domaines Peyronie, bought a trademark called Chateau Pauillac which they began to use on the bottles of wine they produced on a small plot of land. Half a century later, that decision has proved controversial.

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TikTok for Wine Lovers: Made For Each Other, or Quite Incompatible?

The rapidly-growing short video platform has broadened its audience from dance-crazy teenagers to adults interested in wine. But the relationship between TikTok and alcohol is not straightforward, as Alice Dawkins reveals.

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Virtual Product Placement - Your Wine in Their Movie

New AI-powered technology, already being used by Amazon Prime, makes it simple to insert products into movies after they have been edited. What are the implications for wine?

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Not so Clean - US Lawmakers Clamp Down on Health Claims

The US authorities have stepped in to limit the health claims that can be made by producers of wine and other alcoholic beverages.

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