New Zealand wine brand Te Pa

New Zealand wine exports up, as premium grows in the UK

10 Mar 2015 | By Arabella Mileham

New Zealand’s wine industry has seen exports grow 8.2% in the last year, hitting a record NZ$1.37 billion.


Moet Hennessy

Moët launches annual sommelier of the year competition

07 Apr 2015 | By Arabella Mileham

Moët has launched its annual Moët Sommelier of the Year competition.



Fortified wines see sales declining, but there are still opportunties for the category Subscription

10 Apr 2015 | By Erin Smith

Despite declining volumes, there are still ample opportunities for growth and innovation within the fortified wine category.

Lighter style

Villa Maria launches lighter-style range into UK market

Villa Maria launches lighter alcohol wine range

10 Mar 2015 | By Arabella Mileham

New Zealand winery Villa Maria is set to launch a lower abv wine range into the UK off-trade.


Champagne Jayne, aka Jayne Powell is in legal dispute with the Comite Champagne

Australian court mulls decision in 'Champagne Jayne' case

17 Apr 2015 | By Arabella Mileham

An Australian judge is deliberating the outcome of a legal battle between a wine educator and the Comité Interprofessional de Vin de Champagne (CIVC) in a dispute over the Champagne trademark.

Wine by type

Still in their original corks: Cockburn's 1863 and Cockburn's 1868

Chief of the Week: Cockburn's Vintage Port

13 Mar 2015 | By Richard Siddle

OK admittedly it seems strange to bestow our “Chief of the Week” honour on simply a vintage Port house. But then Cockburn’s, now safely ensconced in the paternal ownership of Symington Family Estates, is not your average vintage Port company.

Franciacorta's Consortium president Maurizio Zanella

James Lawrence: Falling in love with Franciacorta

11 Mar 2015 | By James Lawrence

James Lawrence tells a tale of how he fell in love with an Italian fizz called Franciacorta, involving disarmingly honest vineyard owners,  the 21st-century poster-child for the region and a single arrest of a Celtic fan.

Some of the English sparkling wines taking part in the New Zealand challenge

England and New Zealand sparkling wines go head to head in a "Battle of the Bubbles"

23 Feb 2015 | By Arabella Mileham

Competition between English and New Zealand sparkling wine came to a head last week as the two countries tied in a blind-tasting organised to coincide with the Cricket World Cup.

Some of the English sparkling wines taking part in the New Zealand challenge

Roger Jones sees England win on home soil in Battle of Bubbles with New Zealand

20 Feb 2015 | By Roger Jones

After a draw in New Zealand 12 hours earlier, a challenge yesterday afternoon to see whether English sparkling wine would win against New Zealand on home ground resounded in a clear victory for the home team, although technically as it was held at New Zealand House, it was not quite home soil.


Are you breaking the law by serving draught Prosecco?

11 Feb 2015

David Wilkinson, partner and head of IP and Katrina Walter of legal firm Stevens & Bolton LLP analyse the legal implications of on-trade outlets that sell Prosecco on draught.

Claudia Brut 2009, from Domaine Des Dieux, near Hermanus

Roger Jones finds there is much to be impressed by South African sparkling wines

08 Jan 2015 | By Roger Jones

With English Sparkling Wine dominating prestigious wine lists in the UK, it is interesting that we may have forgotten about the quality that South Africa produce, under the Methode Cap Classique category. Slightly confusing they also have a sparkling wine category which is not made in the traditional champenoise method, where C02 is added.

Krug's special limited edition ID case for Christmas

Krug releases three Grande Cuvées in special limited edition ID case Video

24 Nov 2014 | By Richard Siddle

Fans of Krug Champagne can splash out this Christmas on a limited edition special gift box set that includes three bottles of Krug Grande Cuvée each with a different story behind the blend.

Broadlands Wineries

Broadland Wineries imports first old world wine in bottle – Prosecco Filipetti

27 Oct 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

Broadland Wineries is bringing its first sparkling wine and first old world product to the UK in the form of Prosecco Filipetti.

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