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Collapsed UK firm Premier Cru transfers wine customers to Cult Wines

Collapsed UK firm Premier Cru transfers wine customers to Cult Wines | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Stricken Premier Cru Wine Investments Ltd has offered its customers transfers to rival investment firm Cult Wines, which has proposed using the Bordeaux 2013 vintage to fill any shortfalls in buyers' accounts.
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Big-name Burgundians have arrived in Willamette Valley

Big-name Burgundians have arrived in Willamette Valley | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

It was a moment of validation for Oregon wine in 1987 when Robert Drouhin, patriarch of the Beaune-based négociant firm, bought land for a vineyard in Willamette Valley. Over the years Domaine Drouhin Oregon's wines, made by his daughter Véronique Drouhin-Boss, earned a reputation for finesse and consistency.

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La "Paulée" in Priorat: The Festa de la Verema celebrates its 10th birthday !

La "Paulée" in Priorat: The Festa de la Verema celebrates its 10th birthday ! | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
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A New Generation of Elegant, Well-Priced Chablis

A New Generation of Elegant, Well-Priced Chablis | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
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Mexico’s Burgeoning Wine Scene

Mexico’s Burgeoning Wine Scene | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Mexico may be best known for its beer and tequila, but that’s slowly changing as its wines are finding their way onto restaurant wine lists and specialist shops.
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Wine: Will Lambrusco be the new prosecco?

Wine: Will Lambrusco be the new prosecco? | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

PROSECCO has become the sparkler of choice for people who fancy a bit of easy drinking fizz to form a discreet background for conversation. One of the reasons for this is that the current marketplace offers bottles that, despite being labelled ‘extra dry’, are actually comparatively sweet compared with ‘brut’ prosecco and brut Champagne.

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Pontet-Canet Second Wine Relegated to Table Wine

Pontet-Canet Second Wine Relegated to Table Wine | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Pontet-Canet Second Wine Relegated to Table Wine. Bordeaux fifth growth Pontet-Canet will have to sell the 2012 vintage of its second wine as Vin de France.
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Portugal's most famous wine region delivers excitement and surprise in its shift from Port to dry reds

Portugal's most famous wine region delivers excitement and surprise in its shift from Port to dry reds | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

Few wine regions have gone through such a dramatic transformation as Portugal’s Douro Valley. “What we will taste today is the taste of a revolution,” said Wine Spectator contributing editor Matt Kramer, who spent three months in Porto to learn more about the region's exciting table wines. He shared three of his favorites from top producers, which he described as “utterly original,” with the Wine Experience audience.

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Baroness’ son takes over at Mouton

Baroness’ son takes over at Mouton | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

Already a vice-president on the supervisory board of Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA since 2006, de Rothschild was named president last weekend according to a statement.

The eldest son of Baroness Philippine and her first husband, the actor Jacques Sereys, Philippe is a graduate of both the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce in Bordeaux and Harvard Business School.

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France’s “biggest opportunity” in wine is online, say experts

France’s “biggest opportunity” in wine is online, say experts | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
France is in “pole position” in the online wine market – which represents the country’s biggest opportunity going forward.
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Nuno Gaspar de Oliveira's curator insight, October 21, 10:47 AM

Wilson also singled out Amazon as the “tiger in the grass”, which now lists 22,000 wines, of which 3,000 are French, in the UK. “I expect a lot more achievement from Amazon – online is one of the biggest opportunities for France going forward,” Wilson said.

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Top Wines of Bierzo

Top Wines of Bierzo | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
A pilgrimage aimed at finding Spain’s most elegant red wines is rewarded in fast-rising Bierzo.
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Wine Star: Jean-Michel Cazes

Wine Star: Jean-Michel Cazes | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

“Wine is a time machine,” Jean-Michel Cazes said. “It’s the only time machine that really works.” After 30 years at the helm of Château Lynch Bages in Bordeaux, Cazes speaks from experience, and he offered a superb example with the classic 2000 vintage from the fifth-growth estate's cellar.

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Northern Rhône syrahs don’t have to break the bank

Northern Rhône syrahs don’t have to break the bank | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
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Châteauneuf-du-Pape: Beaucastel Reflections

Châteauneuf-du-Pape: Beaucastel Reflections | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

When the autumn arrives, matters inevitably turn to the Rhône. At least they do in my world. And so recently I took the opportunity to join others in the wine trade to meet up with Marc Perrin and eat, drink and talk Château de Beaucastel.

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Naked Wines: angels at the table (by Jancis Robinson)

Naked Wines: angels at the table (by Jancis Robinson) | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
No wine retailer excites such strong and contradictory comment as Naked Wines. The customers of this six-year-old, mould-breaking online retailer seem to love it – at least, to judge from the thousands of web reviews of their wines. They like Naked’s
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Nuno Gaspar de Oliveira's curator insight, October 25, 7:04 AM

The real genius of the Naked Wines model is that it fully harnesses social media, a concept still foreign to most in the wine trade. 

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Chablis has ‘brand strength of Champagne’

Chablis has ‘brand strength of Champagne’ | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
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Sylvaner: 3 of the best

Sylvaner: 3 of the best | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Our wine expert Hamish Anderson picks the best Sylvaner
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Aglianico: Meet the wine grape superstar 500 years in the making

Aglianico: Meet the wine grape superstar 500 years in the making | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
Sometimes called the Barolo of the South, aglianico thrives in the volcanic hills of southern Italy east of Naples, where the rugged landscape stands as a metaphor for the wine’s firm profile
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Wine Star: Marcassin—A Passion Project

Wine Star: Marcassin—A Passion Project | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

"Great wine from Pinot Noir is as easy to define as it is to achieve," said viticulturist John Wetlaufer, who took the Wine Experience stage with his wife and winemaking partner, Helen Turley. Wine Spectatorsenior editor James Laube joked that the couple would be sharing their "secret formula," but instead, they impressed upon the audience their passion for meticulous winemaking and their strict attention to grapegrowing details such as site selection, rootstock, crop thinning and picking at optimum ripeness.

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Trousseau, Godello, Nerello Mascalese, Mercia...Come on, you know you really want it

Trousseau, Godello, Nerello Mascalese, Mercia...Come on, you know you really want it | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

It's a secret aspiration, I know: You really want to be a wine geek. Now, nobody actually wants to admit to being such a thing, let alone wanting to be one. Yet I know. I can see it in your eyes.

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How Antinori Changed the Face of Tuscany

How Antinori Changed the Face of Tuscany | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

Forty years ago, Piero Antinori outraged the Italian wine world with the first release of a red blend that was quite untraditionally Tuscan, Tignanello. A few years later, he followed that with Solaia, which also blended the Bordeaux grapes Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc with the local Sangiovese. Together, they helped create a new category—super Tuscan—and the future of Tuscany was set in motion.

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De Bortoli Wines toasts its success with shares, cutting costs

De Bortoli Wines toasts its success with shares, cutting costs | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
DE Bortoli Wines, one of Australia’s largest family-owned wine groups, has more than doubled its profit, but the sharp uplift in earnings had little to do with its vineyard and was rather the result of good luck on the sharemarket and slashing costs across the business.
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Rich People Are Ruining Red Wine By Putting Their Buttholes in It

Rich People Are Ruining Red Wine By Putting Their Buttholes in It | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it
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To Kalon: Napa’s First-Growth Vineyard

To Kalon: Napa’s First-Growth Vineyard | Vitabella Wine Daily Gossip | Scoop.it

"One of the things that brings us all together in this room is that we all love great wines," pointed out vintner Mark Carter during a Wine Experience seminar devoted to Napa Valley's historic To Kalon vineyard. "Great wines come from great vineyards," Carter added, "and To Kalon is one of the greatest vineyards in the world."

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