Liv-ex: Value of trades drops 19% in November 2014

10 Dec 2014 | By Erin Smith

According to the Liv-ex’s most recent market report, “the value of trades in November was down 19% on this time last year” signalling the on-going challenge of Bordeaux’s most iconic wines continually demanding the historical prices of just a few years ago.

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Justin Keay gets over his prejudices to delight in wines from Mallorca

18 Dec 2014 | By Justin Keay

  I’d been avoiding Mallorca and the other Balearic Islands like the plague. Although I knew the wider reality to be different – prompted by photos of beautiful mountain vistas, of historic Palma and some increasingly trendy hotels and restaurants - in my mind it was hard to escape images of ugly concrete hotels filled with fleshy, tattooed Brits, drinking vast quantities of lager.  But needs must – particularly as warm ...

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Ted Popov: heads up Accolade's European division

Accolade Wines switches its European division from the UK to Poland

17 Sep 2014 | By Richard Siddle

Accolade Wines is to run its European affairs from a new dedicated office in Warsaw, Poland rather than manage the operation from its UK headquarters.

Durham's first craft spirits distillery

Spike in applications for craft distillers' licences takes HMRC ‘by surprise’

17 Dec 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

The number of applications for craft distiller licences in the UK has taken HMRC “by surprise”, spiking from two last year, to 35 so far in 2014.

Anne-Catherine  Vigoroux on what to expect at the French Discoveries Tasting in January

Anne-Catherine Vigouroux on what to expect at January's French Wine Dicoveries tasting

17 Dec 2014

Ahead of January’s French Wine Discoveries tasting at London’s Tobacco Dock Anne-Catherine Vigouroux  of organisers, WIne4Trade, explains what visitors can expect from the 120 exhibitors taking part at the event on January 13.

Germany landscape

AWE's Lindsay Oram on how regulation and innovation is working for German producers

28 Nov 2014

One of the most common questions posed by students is, ‘Why is winemaking in the Old World so heavily regulated compared to winemaking in the New World’? Many students also assume that regulation leads to lack of innovative thinking. And nowhere is there more wine regulation than in Germany.

Douro Valley

Marisa D'Vari on how Portugal's Douro valley is now a natural home for wine as well as Port

12 Dec 2014 | By Marisa D'Vari

With the holidays well underway, many consumers are enjoying what is turning out to be their seasonal flirtation with Port. Yet apart from the party season, clerks and sommeliers increasingly report that quality-driven dry red wine made from traditional Douro grapes is gaining favour over the fortified style, citing consumer preference for lighter, less alcoholic and less sweet styles. According to the IVDP, last year over half of all wine exported from the Douro was unfortified. Does ...

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