Regional profiles:

Ongoing campaign to stop the Mosel bridge

Published on June 11, 2010

A 1.7km bridge over the river Mosel above Urzig, Wehlen, Graach and Bernkastel threatens some of the most renowned riesling vineyards in the world.

Guide to wine tasting – part 3

Published on June 7, 2010

Part three of an eight part guide to wine tasting, written for France magazine. This month is full-bodied reds.

Austria: vintage 2009 along the Danube

Published on June 3, 2010

Vintage 2009 in the regions adjoining the river Danube in Austria was a turbulent time, with hard vineyard work emerging supreme.


Published on May 30, 2010

Lagrein is a deeply-coloured red grape variety indigenous to Alto Adige in Italy’s far north, where just 400 hectares are planted.

The new Cru Bourgeois defined

Published on May 26, 2010

A new protocol for Bordeaux’s cru bourgeois is announced.

Tuscany’s Val di Cornia

Published on May 22, 2010

The small Val di Cornia, in the south-west corner of Tuscany, is beginning to discover its own identity among the heavy-weight wines of the region.

Australian First Families of Wine Masterclass

Published on May 18, 2010

Australia’s ‘first families of wine’ rocked into London last week, marking their first port of call on an international road trip, aimed at re-igniting interest and enthusiasm for the sort of posher Aussie wines that lay above the big volume brands. They kicked off with a 24-wine masterclass tasting.

Guide to wine tasting – part 2

Published on May 2, 2010

Part two of an eight part guide to wine tasting, written for France magazine. This month is rosés.

Corbières Boutenac

Published on April 28, 2010

A developing theme in the Languedoc is the creation of a small band of crus appellations, or stand-out regions, which are capable of producing better wines than the generic Languedoc appellations. Corbières-Boutenac achieved cru status in 2005.

Lighter Champagne bottles, and biomass potential

Published on April 24, 2010

The Champenois have officially launched a lighter glass bottle, aimed at cutting carbon emissions. They’ve calculated a reduction from 900 grams per bottle to 835 grams could result in an 8,000 tonne reduction in annual carbon emissions.

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