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Closures: Part 1 ­– the world’s most high profile experiment?

Closures: Part 1 ­– the world’s most high profile experiment? | Grande Passione | Scoop.it

In February this year, Paul Pontallier showed the results of a range of experiments at the Bordeaux property to the press for the first time in London. Among his trials, which concerned a range of winemaking and viticultural techniques, were a set of three reds from the 2003 vintage, and three white wines from the 2004 harvest, sealed under different closures – one natural cork and two screwcaps with different linings (Saratin and Saranex, the latter being more oxygen-permeable).

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Naked Wines is UK's most popular specialist online wine retailer, says Harpers new report

Naked Wines is UK's most popular specialist online wine retailer, says Harpers new report | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Naked Wines is the most popular specialist online wine retailer in the UK, according to a new Harpers report published today that examines the online shopping habits of British consumers.
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How video will be the norm in wine marketing within three years says Matthew Dickinson

How video will be the norm in wine marketing within three years says Matthew Dickinson | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Following last week’s web video masterclass and seminar hosted by Google and YouTube for members of the UK wine trade and students from Burgundy’s School of Wine Business, wine consultant Matthew Dickinson gives his personal summary and looks at how video is going to change the way the wine industry communicates.
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Burgundy Ignites New York Auction Renaissance | Wine News & Features

Burgundy Ignites New York Auction Renaissance | Wine News & Features | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Burgundy Ignites New York Auction Renaissance. The Big Apple's auction scene is in rude health thanks to Burgundy's finest. Read wine news & features.
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French appellation body considers Alsace Premier Cru plan

French appellation body considers Alsace Premier Cru plan | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
The French national appellation authority is examining a dossier that would create Cru and Premier Cru tiers in Alsace, but not all winemakers agree with the proposal.
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Deadly vine diseases now 'top priority' for French winemakers

Deadly vine diseases now 'top priority' for French winemakers | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Grapevine trunk diseases are a growing concern for French winemakers with the latest government figures showing more than 100,000 hectares of vineyard lost in 2014.
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VINSenVRAC.com : French Bulk Wine Market Place - La nouvelle vitrine des vins français

The first and only B-to-B platform for industry members: wine growers, co-operative wineries, brokers, buyers, merchants, importers…
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Early Bud Break Brings Frost Worries

Early Bud Break Brings Frost Worries | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
 
The Carneros AVA that straddles Napa and Sonoma counties in California showed signs of growth this weekend.

San Rafael, Calif.—With bud break occurring in vineyards throughout California, it appears 2015 could be another early vintage and one that hopefully is not marked by frost.
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Parker Bows Out of En Primeur | Wine News & Features

Parker Bows Out of En Primeur | Wine News & Features | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Parker Bows Out of En Primeur. The most influential wine critic passes the baton to the next generation – at least for Bordeaux en primeur.
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Frankly, will Neal Martin have the same clout over Bordeaux prices as Robert Parker have?  It will be a very exciting 2014 En Primeur campaign...

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Weak euro boosts Bordeaux’s prospects

Weak euro boosts Bordeaux’s prospects | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Liv-ex have been looking at exchange rates as one reason why the fine wine market is showing distinct signs of life after an unprecedented four years of decline. “Confidence in the market appears to be returning with the Liv-ex 100 increasing for 6 months in a row since its low in July,” said Liv-ex MD and co-founder, James Miles. “In January the index was up 1.8% on record volumes for the exchange. The weakness of the Euro and a busy market ahead of the Chinese New Year have certainly been contributing factors, together with a sense that there is some value in the fine wine market at these levels.”
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Parker’s predictions: ten years on

Parker’s predictions: ten years on | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
"Americans may scream bloody murder when looking at the future prices for the 2003 first growth Bordeaux (an average of $4,000 (£2,300) a case), but if my instincts are correct, 10 years from now a great vintage of these first...
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China leads fine wine bounceback

China leads fine wine bounceback | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Consumers worldwide are returning to the fine wine market, whose recent downturn has seen a welcome exodus of many less reputable investment funds, according to one major player in this sector.
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Best Wine In Box

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Best Wine In Box
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The purpose of the competition is to taste wines in BIB and to name the best: “Best Wine in Box”.

Only gold medals for this first international competition dedicated to these wines in BIB and hence rarely presented for tastings.

Only the best will receive the “Best Wine in Box” medal.

Without taking into account price or appearance, the wines will be blind-tasted by category and by a jury of professionals and knowledgeable amateurs.

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How to drive a wine brand in the UK on-trade by Wine Business Solutions

How to drive a wine brand in the UK on-trade by Wine Business Solutions | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
2014 Wine On-Premise report,
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Wine, etc: A defining moment for Chianti

When it comes to how wine is classified in Europe, change does not come easily. Even in the revered Bordeaux, there has been only two changes to the historic 1855 order that put producers in one of five elite classifications.

Via BEE Drinks Global
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How the UK pays 67% of all wine duty in the EU

How the UK pays 67% of all wine duty in the EU | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
We welcome the ’Drop the Duty’ campaign ahead of the 2015 Budget on 18 March. Tax on wine in the UK has gone up by 57% since 2008 but what makes wine duty so unfair is the amount you pay in Britain...
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Cape Wine Auction 2015 sales rise by 50 percent

Cape Wine Auction 2015 sales rise by 50 percent | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Strong bidding during the AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction in South Africa saw total sales rise by 50% on the previous year, with Vrede en Lust, Saxenburg and Paul Cluver wines among the top lots.
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Les amateurs de vin n'ont jamais été aussi nombreux au Canada

Les amateurs de vin n'ont jamais été aussi nombreux au Canada | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Les Canadiens consomment de plus en plus de vin et surtout de meilleure qualité que jamais. En grande majorité, il s'agit de vin importé, mais les vignerons canadiens n'ont pas trop à se plaindre parce qu'en quelque sorte, ils sont victimes de leur propre succès.

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‘Coravin works’, says 160 wine professionals

‘Coravin works’, says 160 wine professionals | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Coravin seems to solve a problem that has bedevilled humanity since the first wine was stored in urns, namely, how do you preserve wine once a container is opened, exposing it to oxygen, its archenemy?” Asimov, and wine enthusiasts around the globe, were hopeful; but mostly skeptical. How could such a feat be possible? Wine kegs, taps and an array of vacuum pumps have proven the task was complicated, if not unattainable, and with short-lived results. But the Coravin Wine Access System ($299) had something these other gadgets lacked: a technique for pouring wine from a bottle without ever actually opening it.
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Alexa - Top Sites by Category: Recreation/Food/Drink/Wine/Education

Alexa - Top Sites by Category: Recreation/Food/Drink/Wine/Education | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
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The Periodic Table of Content Marketing | Visual.ly

The Periodic Table of Content Marketing | Visual.ly | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
A visual overview of the key elements of content marketing.
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Neat & tidy for a messy type of work!

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U.S. wine exports in 2014 second highest on record

U.S. wine exports in 2014 second highest on record | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Exports of U.S. wine last year were the second-most valuable on record, reaching $1.49 billion in revenue, nearly all of it from California.
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A changing market: the role of a fine wine exchange

A changing market: the role of a fine wine exchange | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Exchanges have been in existence for hundreds of years, yet the concept of an exchange for fine wine is relatively new. In this article, Liv-ex Director James Miles examines the origin and role of exchanges, and why the fine wine...
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Talking Trade: 13-19 February 2015

Talking Trade: 13-19 February 2015 | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Although much of the trade in Asia have been busy with Chinese New Year this week, the Exchange continued to see high levels of activity. Bordeaux’s share was down on the previous week, allowing Burgundy to make gains: it took...
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The Fine Wine Investment Market - An Inside View

The Fine Wine Investment Market - An Inside View | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Liv-ex Director James Miles will be giving a presentation at the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Fair today (as part of the Wine Auction and Investment Forum). His presentation, "The Fine Wine Investment Market - An Inside View", is...
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