If you thought the Greek crisis was the biggest disaster facing the world, or the Ukraine standoff, or the Chinese property crash – think again. Something really dreadful is about to hit. There is going to be a global shortage of Prosecco. So said Robert Cremonese, export manager of the Prosecco [...]
Some of the most heated battles in the wine world in recent years have revolved around ideology. Are wines made by small wineries always going to be better and more ‘real’ than ones from big companies? And is natural winemaking – using minimal or no sulphur – simply a fad, or is it making wine that’s more in harmony with nature?
When FT Weekend was launched 30 years ago, Nick and I were returning from Australia, a country that was yet to launch its wine exporting offensive on the rest of the world., In 1985 it was shipping only 2% of its wine abroad, as opposed to 60% today.
Maureen Downey has become a top wine fraud investigator, helping to rid the wine industry of counterfeit and stolen wine. Downey met Bloomberg at Wingtip in San Francisco, where she showed us how to tell if that $200,000 bottle in your cellar is a fake. (Video by Jennafer Savino, Amy Marino) (Source: Bloomberg)
Jean Frédéric likes saying some radical things like, “the biggest drama of Alsace is that we’re losing our style. 20 years ago people knew they would get a dry Riesling, a dry Pinot Gris an a food friendly Gewürz, but now there are too many easy-drinking sweet wines. This is a terrible mistake.”
It is always revealing when one culture encounters another. I find I learn more about a region when viewing it through the eyes of someone coming from another one. That’s why I am always fascinated by how French wine people view their counterparts elsewhere, and never more than by what emissaries from the Bordeaux first growths have to say about their greatest competitors, producers of top Napa Valley Cabernets.
The pricing of Bordeaux 2014 wine highlights value in back vintages, particularly those predating the high-quality 2009 and 2010 crops, according to London-based wine investment managers and trade executives.
In time for flaming June, should it ever catch fire, "posh pinks" were the subject of the premium rosé tasting organised this month by Richard Bampfield MW and Château Brown. A total of 36 pink wines were tasted blind, decanted into clear, label-less bottles.
The Chardonnay-dominated wine follows on from the 2004 but managing director of Pol Roger UK, James Simpson, told the drinks business that the small 2006 vintage and its popularity in Sweden means that the introduction of the 2008 was bought forward to fill the gap.
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