Screwcaps ‘like ageing wine in a really cold cellar’
Screwcaps are the best closures for wine as they slow down the ageing process “like a really cold cellar”, according to Chester Osborn of d’Arenberg.
Italy protests Australian ‘Nero d’Avola’ in the UK
Italy’s quality and anti-fraud agency under the Ministry of Agriculture has called for wine merchants in the UK to block the selling of Australian wines bearing the name of the variety Nero d’Avola on their wine labels, the latest protest from Italy against Australia following the contentious wrangling over the use of ‘Prosecco’ on Australian sparkling wines.
Kendall-Jackson petitioning for white wine emoji
Sonoma county Chardonnay pioneer Kendall-Jackson has sent a 15-page proposal to emoji gods Unicode petitioning for them to create a white wine emoji.
Chef Michael Caines launches limited edition gin
Hoping to capitalise on the current gin boom, celebrity chef Michael Caines has collaborated with Devon-based Salcombe Gin on a limited edition nautical bottling.
Sir Ian Botham launches wine range at Lord’s
Sir Ian Botham OBE has officially launched his own range of wines at Lord’s cricket ground in the UK today.
Guigal gets to grips with Châteauneuf
Philippe Guigal is brimming with excitement about the potential of his family’s new property in Châteauneuf-du-Pape – even though there is much about the domaine he “hates”.
Cabernet key to Argentina’s fine wine future
If Argentina wants to gain a global reputation for truly top end wine it should focus on Cabernet Sauvignon, believes US consultant Paul Hobbs.
Gérard Bertrand unveils $100k centenary wine collection
Dubai-based fine wine and luxury spirits retailer Le Clos has partnered with Languedoc winemaker Gérard Bertrand on a centenary collection of 18 fortified wines dating back to 1875 at an RRP of US$100,000.
Alex Freguin crowned Taittinger UK Sommelier of the Year 2018
Alex Freguin, head sommelier at Moor Hall in Ormskirk, West Lancashire, has been crowned the Taittinger UK Sommelier of the Year 2018 at the competition’s final in London last night.
Fukushima disaster leaves trace on Californian wines
Researchers at Bordeaux University have traced the impact of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster to the Californian wine industry, identifying a trace spike in radiation levels in wines from the 2012 vintage onward, which nevertheless remain within a normal threshold.
Hawksmoor to open first US restaurant
London steakhouse chain Hawksmoor is to open its first restaurant in the US, having secured a site within the former United Charities building in New York.