Regional profiles:

Crus Bourgeois moves from an annual to a five-year model

Published on September 28, 2016

In the year 2020, the Crus Bourgeois list of wine will move to a classification in three ranks.

English and Welsh wine industry comes of age

Published on June 16, 2016

The 9th international cool climate wine symposium took place in Brighton, UK, last month – “the first serious academic wine symposium to take place in the British Isles” said keynote speaker Jancis Robinson MW.

Ernst Loosen – barrel-aged, dry riesling

Published on May 5, 2016

Barrel ageing dry riesling sounds like a quirky new thing to try to broaden the appeal of one of the wine industry’s (but not consumers’) best-loved grape varieties. In fact, Ernst Loosen, of Dr. Loosen in Germany’s Mosel valley, has been revitalising riesling in the fashion that was the norm for his grandfather.

Tasmania – a masterclass with Michael Hill-Smith MW

Published on April 26, 2016

Michael Hill-Smith MW is the co-founder of Shaw and Smith in Adelaide Hills, and of Tolpuddle Vineyard in Tasmania. He put together a masterclass to show what Tas is doing best, namely sparkling, riesling, chardonnay and pinot noir.

May frost and June rain still scourge UK wine grape yields, despite warmer temperatures

Published on April 1, 2016

New research from the University of East Anglia (UEA) into the impact of climate change on winegrowing in the UK suggest viticulturally extreme weather events, such as cold snaps and downpours, are likely to continue to threaten yields in the newly-nascent, modernised and expanding wine production industry in the UK, despite improving average growing season temperatures.

Pinot noir ascendant in Alsace

Published on February 9, 2016

There’s a growing excitement about pinot noir in Alsace, as a small groundswell of producers is increasingly garnering acclaim for their wines.

Franciacorta – the blink of an eye in 40 years?

Published on October 2, 2015

The year 1961 was an illustrious vintage in that most traditional of wine regions, Bordeaux. But it was also a seminal year for Italy’s Franciacorta –the year a handful of producers started making traditional method sparkling wine, from just 29 hectares of vines. This marked a notable change for a region with a winemaking history […]

2020 vision – changes to come for Crus Bourgeois

Published on September 25, 2015

Since its reinvention in 2010 (with the 2008 vintage), crus bourgeois Bordeaux has been quietly, bashfully even, chugging along rebuilding its tarnished image into something of a quietly successful, respected even, organisation. In the six years since it adopted its new habit, crus bourgeois has openly said the group regularly discusses positive aspects of the […]

Crémant de Savoie

Published on September 23, 2015

France has a new crémant appellation. Sparkling wines from the Crémant de Savoie appellation can start to be marketed from December 2015.

A new view of Champagne regions?

Published on August 4, 2015

Is this a new view of Champagne sub-regions?

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