In restaurant news this week: Dining out in the UK is predicted to fall by over a third in September, London wine bar Top Cuvée gets ready to open a shop, and a MasterChef: The Professionals finalist prepares to open a West African restaurant in October.
English wine harvest 2019: Back to ‘normal’ but volumes still above average
About a month before the harvest gets underway, English wine producers have expressed relief that predicted volumes are down on last year’s record levels, despite the fact they’re still estimated to be above ‘average’.
Burgundy 2018: biggest white wine harvest ‘ever’
The white wine harvest in Burgundy this year may be the one of the biggest ever recorded, with bumper crops in the Maconnais and Chablis, according to Louis Fabrice Latour.
Thieves strip vineyard bare of grapes
Police are searching for a gang of thieves who broke into a vineyard in southern Germany and ran a professional harvesting machine across its vines, stealing its entire crop.
2018 vintage in Sonoma ‘world-class’, says Christopher Jackson
Vintners across Sonoma County are in awe of the quality of this year’s harvest so far, with Christopher Jackson declaring the vintage ‘world-class’.
First-ever Pinot Grigio DOC harvest closes with 20% yield boost
The first harvest of Pinot Grigio DOC has come to a close, noted for “healthy, high quality grapes” and a 20% increase in yields.
Harvest begins in the Rhône
The 2018 harvest has begun in the Rhône and this year, in a rare turn of events, it was the northern appellations that began first.
Prosecco rosé should become a reality with 2018 harvest
It is widely believed that this year’s harvest will see Prosecco rosé become a reality, as the region plans to lift a ban on blending red and white wines to produce pink fizz.
UK winemakers hold their breath for ‘dream harvest’ as picking commences
As the uncharacteristically long and hot UK summer continues, winemakers are hopeful of a “dream harvest”, according to trade body Wine GB, with producers recording one of the earliest harvests on record with picking starting last week.
Prosecco gearing up for ‘perfect’ harvest
Prosecco producers are gearing up for what the president of the Prosecco DOC Consorzio, Stefano Zanette, has described as the “perfect” harvest in terms of quality.
Hot summer boosts French harvest
The 2018 harvest in France looks set to herald a return to normal after some tough losses last year, with volumes projected to rebound 25% overall.
‘Excellent’ Loire harvest begins
The 2018 harvest in the Loire regions of Anjou, Saumur and Touraine has begun for those varieties used in sparkling production with the main harvest scheduled for next week.