Best Baltic Sommelier named at Tallinn Grand Prix

The Best Baltic Sommelier has been crowned following the Vana Tallinn Grand Prix 2011 in Tartu, Estonia.

Sogrape acquires Stevens Garnier

International wine producer Sogrape has acquired 100% of UK wine agency Stevens Garnier. The company previously owned 38% of Stevens Garnier and financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Comedian has Joly good time in Bordeaux

The Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux (CIVB) has teamed up with comedian Dom Joly to produce a series of videos.

Nick Hyde is the new WSTA chairman

The Wine and Spirit Trade Assoication (WSTA) has announced that Nick Hyde, managing director of Diageo Wines Europe, is its new chairman.

World’s Most Admired Wine Brands is published online

Drinksint.com is now home to the World’s Most Admired Wine Brands magazine supplement, a comprehensive industry poll of the world's best regarded wine. 

English wines have come of age

English wines have come of age – Georg Riedel has chosen suitable stemware for their wines.

Has Prosecco Conegliano Valdobbiadene gained a strong consumer franchise?

The head of the consortium that protects Prosecco sparkling Italian wine from Conegliano Valdobbiadene is to address delegates at the International Sparkling Wine Symposium (ISWS), which takes place at Denbies wine estate in the UK on November 1-2.

DIVA to distribute SA wines

French distributor DIVA (Distribution Internationale de Vins et Alcools) has created DIVA South Africa to market some of the country’s ‘premium’ wines to an international audience.

Nomacorc announces software to match closure to wine type

Nomacorc, the leading alternative wine closure producer, has announced the introduction of NomaSelector, which is software that recommends a closure tailored for a specific wine.

Constellation acquires Ruffino wine brand

Constellation Brands has purchased the remaining 50.1% of Italian wine brand Ruffino from MPF International. 

Effect of deep discounting is on the wane in the UK

Deep discounting on wine by UK retailers may be having less impact on consumer behaviour, according to a new report

CIVB appoints marketing director

The Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux (CIVB) or Bordeaux Wine Council, which represents Bordeaux vine growers and négociants, has announced the appointment of François Jumeau as its new marketing director.

International Wine Challenge awards are announced

The International Wine Challenge announced its winners last night at the Hilton hotel in London

Eleven new masters of wine

The Institute of Masters of Wine has announced 11 new masters of wine.

Accolade launches low alcohol wine

Accolade Wines has launched a low alcohol wine under the Stowells brand. Stowells Light is 5.5% abv and a 125ml glass contains one unit of alcohol and 56 calories.

DI’s Hamish Smith trundles around Murcia to determine whether spirits have ‘terroir’

Consider terroir. I have. It’s a rather haughty unit of French vernacular (which is a haughty way of saying ‘word’) that describes the characteristics geography, soil and climate can bestow upon crops – usually vines. Of course, the word has reach and relevance beyond wine... 

South Korean boost for wine importers

The emerging South Korean market could boost the fortunes of wine importers, according to research by Wine Intelligence.

£75K Château d’Yquem breaks record

A bottle of 1811 Château d’Yquem has been sold for £75,000, setting a Guinness world record.

EPI completes Piper-Heidsieck purchase

Rémy Cointreau has completed the sale of all the shares in Piper-Heidsieck-Compagnie Champenoise to the EPI Group (Européenne de Participations Industrielles).

Pernod sells Georgian company

Pernod Ricard has announced the disposal, by its affiliate Pernod Ricard Europe, of its shares in Georgian Wine and Spirits LLC to JSC Marussia (Georgia).

Laithwaites releases Van Ruiten Old Vine Zinfandel

Laithwaites, the international wine mail-order company, has released Van Ruiten Old Vine Zinfandel 2008 from California.

Labels key to success for selling wine in China

Wine producers looking to export to China for the first time need to get to grips with demands for high-quality packaging and culturally-sensitive labels, according to Wine Intelligence.

How to crack the US market

Entrants aiming to crack the US market need to take a bold approach, according to a wine importer.

New World leads Old in battle of the wine brands

New World brands continue to dominate the global wine sector and now constitute 13 of the top 15 wine brands, according to a recent study.

Bordeaux wine-students to train in London

The International Wine and Spirits Institute (IWSI), based in Bordeaux, is to open an eight-week spirits training programme in London next year.

Brazil emerges as imported wine market

Brazilians are increasingly turning to wine as their beverage of choice, according to consumer research published by Wine Intelligence.

Christie’s raises $11m in 36-hour wine sale

Christie’s has conducted a 36-hour wine auction in Hong Kong and New York, with sales totalling US$11.2m.

Glazer's appoints senior VP

Glazer’s, the Dallas-based wine, spirits and malt beverage distributors, has appointed Jim Oliver as senior vice president of fine wine.

Glazer's appoints senior VP

Glazer’s, the Dallas-based wine, spirits and malt beverage distributors, has appointed Jim Oliver as senior vice president of fine wine.

Ara appoints Jeff Clarke chief winemaker

Jeff Clarke has been appointed chief winemaker at Marlborough’s Ara Wines.

Amorim registers double-digit volume growth

Cork producer Amorim recorded double-digit volume growth in 2010.

Brown-Forman sells Fetzer to Concha y Toro

Brown-Forman has sold its Fetzer wine business to Concha y Toro for US$238 million. The transaction is expected to close in April 2011.

Clink! appoints operations manager

Clink! Wines, distributors to the UK and mainland Europe, has appointed Mariola Martinez as operations manager.

SA: Spirits duty rises by 10%

The South African government has increased excise duty on spirits by 10% and wine by 8%.

Foster’s to demerge Treasury Wine Estates

Foster’s Group has announced a proposal to demerge Treasury Wine Estates at a cost of AU$151m.

Australian wine in discounting dilemma

The Australian wine market faces tough challenges ahead because of a growing reliance on discounting, according to Wine Intelligence.

Former Wine Australia boss joins Wine Intelligence

Former Wine Australia boss Paul Henry is to join wine research company Wine Intelligence as associate director.

NZ: Winegrowers aim for organic

New Zealand: An organic wine group has set a goal for 20% of New Zealand vineyards to be organic by 2020.

Groupe Charlois acquires Winemakers Cooperage

French wine barrel manufacturer, Groupe Charlois, has expanded into the US with the purchase of Winemakers Cooperage (WC) from Treasury Wine Estates.

Brown-Forman looking to offload Fetzer

Brown-Forman, the major US drinks company, has announced a strategic review with a view to offloading its Californina-based wine assets.

Constellation sells its Australian, UK and South African wine businesses

Constellation Brands, hitherto, the world's leading wine company, has announced that it has sold its Australian and UK business, (Constellation Wines Australia and Europe, CWAE), to CHAMP, an Australian private equity group.

Pernod completes sale of Lindauer

Pernod Ricard has announced the completion of the sale, by its affiliate Pernod Ricard New Zealand, of Lindauer and other New Zealand wine brands from Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay together with their inventories and assets.

Bordeaux wine app to launch

Bordeaux Wine Council has announced the release of a mobile phone application called Smart Bordeaux.

Kofi Annan to speak at wine and climate change summit

Former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan will deliver the keynote address at the World Climate Change and Wine Congress 2011.

Pinot Noir named best NZ wine

A Pinot Noir from the Central Otago region has been named Champion Wine at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards.

Chinese wine: the next big thing

Wine producer François Lurton has said he expects China to become the largest wine producing country in the world.

Australia head hits out

Paul Henry, outgoing general manager, market development for the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation (AWBC), has accused retailers of being only interested in “volume and price” and described retailer consolidation and price compression as direct threats to proprietary brands.

Estonian crowned Best Baltic Sommelier

An Estonian has been named Best Baltic Sommelier after winning the Vana Tallinn Grand Prix 2010.

Pernod sets up wine division

Following a strategic review of its global operations, Pernod Ricard has confirmed that its key international wine properties will be grouped and managed under one business – Premium Wine Brands.