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Rioja becoming ‘increasingly polarised’

Rioja becoming ‘increasingly polarised’ | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

“Some producers are destroying the image of Rioja by putting Gran Reservas on the market for £8 a bottle, which is stupid,” Jesús Madrazo, chief winemaker for Contino, told the drinks business during a visit to London this week.

“The region is becoming increasingly divided between those at the bottom end producing volume wines, and those who are really serious about quality and terroir,” he added.

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Why #Wine #Brand marketers should have a closer look at Facebook Place Tips?

Why #Wine #Brand marketers should have a closer look at Facebook Place Tips? | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
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in UK Majestic #Wine boss steps down after poor Christmas sales

in UK Majestic #Wine boss steps down after poor Christmas sales | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Steve Lewis, who has worked at specialist wine retailer for 29 years, calls it quits after intense Christmas competition from supermarkets hit festive sales
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French appellation body considers Alsace Premier Cru plan

French appellation body considers Alsace Premier Cru plan | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | 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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2014 is declared a Vintage year for Champagne Duval-Leroy

2014 is declared a Vintage year for Champagne Duval-Leroy | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
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Cos d'Estournel, Petrus, Margaux...A Visit to the Old World

Cos d'Estournel, Petrus, Margaux...A Visit to the Old World | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Bordeaux is truly a land of the old and new coming together in a vast array of expression with the common thread being the high quality of wines produced....
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UK ‘starting to take #Aussie #wine seriously’

UK ‘starting to take #Aussie #wine seriously’ | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

Speaking to the drinks business during a recent visit to London, Christie Schulz, owner of Turkey Flay in the Barossa Valley said: “People are starting to consider us as a fine wine producer but we’ve got a way to go as a few producers are still short changing us.

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Walla Walla Valley's Quiet Revolution

Walla Walla Valley's Quiet Revolution | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
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Britons will buy more Spanish #wine than French within three years, as the popularity of #tapas has increased demand for #Rioja

Britons will buy more Spanish #wine than French within three years, as the popularity of #tapas has increased demand for #Rioja | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
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Meet the man who wants the world to drink Indian #wine

Meet the man who wants the world to drink Indian #wine | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
India may not be the first place to spring to mind when it comes to fine wine, but the country's tradition of viticulture stretches back for centuries.
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Top 10 Power List 100 price performers

Top 10 Power List 100 price performers | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

Instead of well-known First Growth brands, this top ten is heavily skewed towards niche Burgundy. “It shows that price performance wasn’t coming from speculation, but from quality and rarity,” said Fowler. “If you ran the same list seven years ago, I’m sure you’d see Lafite, Mouton and Latour.”

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Bordeaux 2014 Wines Signal Recovery After Low-Yield 2013s

Bordeaux 2014 Wines Signal Recovery After Low-Yield 2013s | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

Wines from Bordeaux’s 2014 grape harvest benefited from sunny picking conditions in September and are showing signs of improved quality after cool, wet weather cut yields in 2013, according to growers interviewed this month.

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JOH. JOS. PRÜM: THE ROYALTY IN #MOSEL #RIESLING

JOH. JOS. PRÜM: THE ROYALTY IN #MOSEL #RIESLING | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
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#Wine picks for #ChineseNewYear

#Wine picks for #ChineseNewYear | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

“At under HK$650 per bottle on the table, I can’t think of too many fine wines that offer better value. Perfectly mature, with a fine balance between ripe, generous fruit and more savoury and spicy notes, it’s versatile enough to match a variety of dishes but just as good to quaff on its own too.”

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La Réserve #Paris — a lavish new hotel by an amibitious #luxury chain

La Réserve #Paris — a lavish new hotel by an amibitious #luxury chain | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
When it comes to very grand hotels, there is no more competitive arena than Paris. Eight hotels in the city now carry the French government-sanctioned “palace” status, the better-than-five star classification introduced in 2010 and granted only to
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Winemaker to bring taste of Chateau de Beaucastel to festival

Winemaker to bring taste of Chateau de Beaucastel to festival | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Fifth generation wine pioneer Marc Perrin of Château de Beaucastel will join the star-studded line up for the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival to be held April 23-26, 2015, in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin located within the beach communities of idyllic South Walton in Northwest Florida.
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Faux #Luxury or the Real Thing: What’s the difference and why does it matter?

Faux #Luxury or the Real Thing: What’s the difference and why does it matter? | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
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#Canada among the world’s top consumers of imported #wine

#Canada among the world’s top consumers of imported #wine | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
A new Vinexpo report also says we’ll drink less hard liquor by 2018, though tequila will be hot.
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Vive le Roi Louis XV ! Watch a new very interesting video from the Comité #Champagne (CIVC)

Vive le Roi Louis XV !  Watch a new very interesting video from the Comité #Champagne (CIVC) | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
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The European Commission has issued a list of #pesticides that are "candidates for substitution" including #copper

The European Commission has issued a list of #pesticides that are "candidates for substitution" including #copper | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
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How #wine smelling techniques could help solve crime

How #wine smelling techniques could help solve crime | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Police and crime fighters may soon join winemakers in their obsession with smell
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A Peek at the Promised Land: Côte Chalonnaise Reds

A Peek at the Promised Land: Côte Chalonnaise Reds | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
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Sales up 5% at Spanish #wine giant Bodegas Torres

Sales up 5% at Spanish #wine giant Bodegas Torres | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Spanish wine giant Bodegas Torres, which also produces wines in Chile and California, has seen its sales grow 5% to €240 million in 2014.
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Haut Bailly 2009, Mouton 2005, Troplong 2008...Top twenty performers on the Liv-ex Bordeaux 500 index since July 2014

Haut Bailly 2009, Mouton 2005, Troplong 2008...Top twenty performers on the Liv-ex Bordeaux 500 index since July 2014 | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
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An Exceptional Vintage Port Tasting

An Exceptional Vintage Port Tasting | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
I was in Los Angeles last weekend for an unforgettable tasting organised by Don Schliff of the Wine Warehouse. Don has an extraordinary personal collection of Vintage Port...
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