9,000 bottles of fake Champagne seized

9,000 bottles of fake Champagne seized Read more at http://www.decanter.com/wine-news/9000-bottles-of-fake-champagne-seized-290195/?utm_source=Eloqua&utm_medium=email&utm_content=news+alert+link+20160203&utm_campaign=Newsletter-20160203 Italian police have seized 9,000 bottles of counterfeit Moët & Chandon Champagne, worth up to €350,000 (£265,075), in a workshop near Padova in Italy. The seizure, announced yesterday, happened at the end of last year when financial police were investigating a separate business and found…

The science of two alcohol free days per week

The science of two alcohol free days per week Read more at http://www.decanter.com/wine-news/opinion/guest-blog/the-science-of-two-alcohol-free-days-per-week-288604/?utm_source=Eloqua&utm_medium=email&utm_content=news+alert+link+01222016&utm_campaign=Newsletter-01222016 Health officials in several countries, including the UK, have advocated for people to have at least two alcohol free days per week. The UK government’s new proposal on alcohol guidelines says drinkers should have ‘several’ alcohol free days weekly. But, how useful…

Bordeaux opens its doors to tourists

Bordeaux opens its doors to tourists Read more at https://www.meininger.de/en/wine-business-international/bordeaux-opens-its-doors-tourists When he was 20 years old back in 1999, Basile Tesseron of Château Lafon-Rochet, a classified growth in Saint-Estèphe, decided to leave: “Bordeaux was boring, conservative and unfashionable,” he said. Instead of taking over from his father, Michel Tesseron, he travelled across the US and…

Luxembourg vintners begin ice wine harvest

Luxembourg vintners begin ice wine harvest Read more at http://www.wort.lu/en/luxembourg/frost-on-the-moselle-luxembourg-vintners-begin-ice-wine-harvest-569de5600da165c55dc5179a Even after the adverse weather conditions in December, it looks as though ice wine may finally work out for Luxembourg’s vintners this year: thanks to the recent frosty temperatures, the ice wine grape harvest started Monday. In December, the Institut Viti-Vinicole had a pessimistic outlook…

Champagne sales 2015: Exports drive more growth

Champagne sales 2015: Exports drive more growth Read more at http://www.decanter.com/wine-news/champagne-sales-2015-exports-drive-more-growth-288110/#up92WDvm3eZRtJd2.99 Global Champagne sales continued to increase in both volume and value in 2015, according to the first official estimates. Champagne sales 2015: First estimates released Vincent Perrin, director of regional trade body Comité Champagne, said the provisional Champagne sales total for 2015 was 312m…

Bid:offer ratio rises above 100%

Bid:offer ratio rises above 100% Read more at http://www.blog.liv-ex.com/2016/01/bidoffer-ratio-rises-above-100.html?mc_cid=28580daec7&mc_eid=33da76f629 The Liv-ex bid:offer ratio has risen above the 100% level this week for the first time since July 2010 with the Liv-ex Fine Wine 50 index also rising 1.33% to 268.41 since the beginning of the year. Over the last week, the value of bids on…

Second wines – back in focus?

Second wines – back in focus? Read more at http://www.blog.liv-ex.com/2016/01/second-wines-back-in-focus.html?mc_cid=28580daec7&mc_eid=33da76f629; During the bull market that drove the fine wine market to its peak in June 2011, the second wines of the Bordeaux First Growths saw exponential price rises. This was largely due to brand-driven Asian buying: “Little Lafite” and its peers were seen as extensions…

Krug 2002 ‘in another league’, says Michael Edwards

Krug 2002 ‘in another league’, says Michael Edwards Read more at http://www.decanter.com/wine-news/opinion/guest-blog/krug-2002-in-another-league-says-michael-edwards-287616/#vQGLGReGYJSbLvxV.99 Krug 2002 comes from a vintage where ‘everything went right’ and will likely be consistently good for the next three decades, says Champagne expert and author Michael Edwards after a first taste. January has got off to a cracking start with the news…

The Labeling Lies of Expensive Wines

The Labeling Lies of Expensive Wines Read more at http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2016/01/the-labeling-lies-of-expensive-wines The labels on more affordable wines can be more trustworthy than their pricy counterparts. By W. Blake Gray | Posted Friday, 01-Jan-2016 The more you pay for wine, the less you know about how much alcohol is in it. This is one of the more…

Q&A: Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger

Q&A: Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger Read more at http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2016/01/q-a-pierre-emmanuel-taittinger Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, the president of the family-owned Champagne house, recently announced the purchase of 69 hectares in England. By Adam Lechmere | Posted Sunday, 03-Jan-2016 Did you always intend to join the family company? No. My father was a politician and I was very tempted by politics –…