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Sparkling wine in support of gay marriage

Sparkling wine in support of gay marriage | Wine in the World | Scoop.it
Newly launched wine targeted at the gay community with a special sparkling number for wedding celebrations too http://t.co/XRmLbMAn

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Seeing all the rage about gay weddings in France, it's great to see somebody supporting a fair and just cause.

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Chinese industrialist to buy French wine estate Bellefont-Belcier

Chinese industrialist to buy French wine estate Bellefont-Belcier | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

A Chinese industrialist is to purchase the 13ha Chateau Bellefont-Belcier, a Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe.

 

It seems that the Chinese really do have a taste for Bordeaux, particularly the Right Bank's Merlot dominated blends. They are a bit easier drinking, after all.

 

How long before Chinese industrialists own as many of the estates as the French insurance industry does? Hopefully they'll continue to bring fresh investment and modernisation with them.


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Chinese buying in Côtes du Rhône

Chinese buying in Côtes du Rhône | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Amid the unease that recently came with a Chinese purchase of Château de Gevrey-Chambertin in Burgundy, it appears that the Chinese are buying in the Côtes du Rhône too.

 

French-Chinese trader Champ Dong Créations Industries is reported to have purchased the Domaine Bouche estate for a rumoured €2m.


Located in the Vaucluse département, the estate has an annual output of up to 150,000 bottles of mid-range red and rosé wines. That's big, but not massive, but it's bound to raised a Gallic eyebrow or two.

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Tesco to sell Lafite

Tesco to sell Lafite | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Fancy dropping £600+ on a bottle of wine at the local supermarket.

 

Tesco are launching a Clubcard boosting range of premium fine wines including £600+ a bottle Château Lafite.

 

While it's great to hear that that a few UK high streets are going to be seeing this cracking range of wines it's tinged with disappointment that they'll be further squeezing wine producers by introducing more supermarket own-label wines. Why can't they just pick some decent wines from good producers and leave them in their original bottles?

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Christie's to Auction 18th century wine

Christie's to Auction 18th century wine | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Wondering what to buy that relative who has everything? How about a 238 year-old bottle of wine.

 

This wine from a cellar in Arbois, France, is quite possibly drinkable! I wonder if the lucky buyer will pop the cork with an expected price of around £35,000?

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Are Pesticides Killing our Wine Makers - La Vigne

Are Pesticides Killing our Wine Makers - La Vigne | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

La Vigne reports on a newspaper interview with Dr Nadine Houédé, a Bordeaux oncologist, where she talks about the incidence of cancer in vineyard workers.

 

She suggests that the patients seen now were exposed to pesticides in the 60's and 70's, likening this to asbestos exposure.

 

Read the full article, in French. It translates well in Google.

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Oddballs from Tourain - wineloverspage.com

Oddballs from Tourain - wineloverspage.com | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Read Robin Garr's review of four slightly off-the-wall wines from Tourain.

 

I'm a big fan of Tourain and it's great to see somebody in the USA taking the effort to review some less conventional wines. It's only by exploring that we discover what we like.

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Have you been to the house of the pope recently?

Have you been to the house of the pope recently? | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Chateauneuf du Pape thrives partly because it's the most sophisticated sounding French name that Anglophones can pronounce, but is the wine any good?

 

If you love Shiraz, enjoy Grenache, or marvel at Mouvedre, then this might be for you. Read Jeff Leve's tasting notes of the 2010 vintage and maybe pick out one or two that you should try.

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Where to taste wine in Bordeaux

Where to taste wine in Bordeaux | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

It sounds like a lot has improved since I last visited, with a wealth of places to learn, taste and drink wine in Bordeaux.

 

Read Natasha Edwards' guide to getting to grips with grapes in Bordeaux. What a great place to go and do a bit of "research and development".

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Chinese buys first Bordeaux classed growth

Chinese buys first Bordeaux classed growth | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

The long march to acquire not only wine assets, but good ones, continues from China.

 

A 13-hectare St-Emilion grand cru estate in St Laurent-des-Combes is understood to have been bought by a Chinese industrialist

 

Although the details of the deal have not been disclosed, a classified estate in the St-Emilion appellation would expect to sell for between €1 million and €2m per hectare. That's a lot of cash for those vines!

 

Bellefont-Belcier is the first classed growth Bordeaux property to pass into Chinese hands and joins approximately 40 other Bordeaux estates with Chinese owners. Many of them seem to be improving with a bit of new investment.

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The Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction

The Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Christie’s is hosting the 152nd Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction, the oldest and most famous charity wine sale.

 

Watch the video that takes you through what it is and what it does. I've attended and it's quite an interesting spectacle. One day I plan to go back and buy myself a barrel.

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French wine production could fall by 16% this year

French wine production could fall by 16% this year | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Wine production in France could fall 16% to 42.9 million hectoliters in 2012, due to chaotic weather.


The Ministry of Agriculture is forecasting a fall to the lowest level in four years. Heat waves and storms in the South and East has led them to lower their estimates.

 

At the same time Champagne production was affected by frost and particularly virulent attacks of mildew and other fungi. Even more dire predictions come from the Interprofessional Committee of Champagne (CIVC), who are predicting one of the smallest harvests in twenty years.

 

Fingers crossed that the quality is there for what little is left.

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Chateau Latour Stops Selling Futures - James Suckling

Chateau Latour Stops Selling Futures - James Suckling | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Chateau Latour are to stop selling wines "en primeur", opting instead to sell them when they're ready to drink.

 

Does this move towards a more Spanish model mark a big shift in the future of Bordeaux?


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Small Bubbles are Better - Champagne small growers – Imbibe

Small Bubbles are Better - Champagne small growers – Imbibe | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Champagne’s small growers are responsible for some of the region’s best value wines.

 

This list on Imbibe's website gives you a great lineup for tasting a few, whether it's hopping in the car and crossing the channel, or clubbing together with a few friends to buy a few cases.

 

Get away from the usual big brands and treat yourself to something a bit craftier.

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Fraud in Burgundy - La Vigne (French)

It seems that hardly a day goes by without another case of wine fraud. This time it's in Burgundy.

 

A wine merchant in Beaune, unnamed in this article, has been idicted for deceptive marketing practices and breaching AOC rules. He is charged with changing the labels on bottles and using wines from the South.

 

Bottles known to be sold include the rather pricey Vougeot 1er Cru.

 

Send him down!

 

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An interview with MIchel Roland about his book (In French)

An interview with MIchel Roland about his book (In French) | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Michel Roland is probably one of the most loved and most loathed characters in French wine.

 

Read this short interview about his book. It translates well with Google.

 

Is he a demon, making all wines bigger, bolder, cleaner versions of themselves? Or, the devil, pushing wines towards a single regional character. This certainly shows some of the complexity of the man.

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Bordeaux 1982 - Time Travelling with NYT

Bordeaux 1982 - Time Travelling with NYT | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Ever wonder what a great Bordeaux would taste like drinking at it's prime. Read how Bordeaux became Modern Bordeaux and Eric Asimov's experiences tasting the '82 vintage.

 

Lucky man!

 

 

 

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