Another Record year in Cognac: 200 million bottles shipped

By Liz Palmer

For the fourth straight year, exports of Cognac have continued their steady rise, with an increase of 8.2% in volume and 5.4% in value. The previous record of bottles shipped (200 million) has been surpassed, with 205.9 million bottles shipped between August 2017 and July 2018. With 3.2 billion euros (roughly 300 billion dollars) in revenue, Cognac contributes significantly to France’s trade surplus in the wines and spirits sector, accounting for nearly…

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Weather Hazards Threaten Northern Italy’s 2018 Harvest

By Liz Palmer

Italy is in the grip weather hazards including hail, floods, tornados and strong winds, casting fears on the 2018 vintage in regions like Lombardy, Piedmont, Emilia-Romangna and Veneto. Italy’s farmers’ association, Confederazione Nazionale Coltivatori Diretti (Coldiretti), has already warned that damages could cost the country’s agriculture industry €500 million. According to Coldiretti, rainfall in June is 124% more compared with the historic average, and the country is experiencing its hottest summer since…

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Capturing the Spirit of Cognac

By Liz Palmer

Six members of the Circle of Wine Writers (CWW) traveled to Cognac, France from April 9th to 12th, 2018 to visit cognac producers from the designated growing areas of Charente-Maritime, Deux-Sèvres and Dordogne. A special thank you to our member Liz Palmer and the BNIC for organizing this amazing trip. Reports were written (and will be published shortly) by David Copp (UK), David Kermode (UK), Angela Reddin (UK), Jurgen Schmucking (Austria), Charlotte H.M. van…

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The Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa Opens

By Liz Palmer

“Follow the road of the golden bubbles” MAITRE DE MAISON – NICOLAS BÉLIARD –  Champagne’s first contemporary luxury hotel, The Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa officially opened this week. Embracing the lush bounty of the champagne houses and the surrounding UNESCO World Heritage sites, guests will have exclusive access to private Champagne houses, harvesting sessions with local wine producers and tastings personally curated by the in-house concierge team. The Royal Champagne Hotel…

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Liv-ex top 50 most-searched wines in 2018

By Liz Palmer

Each year around the summer season, Liv-ex examines the top 50 most-viewed wines, based on visits to their website from January to July.  The search-data acts as a barometer for the interests of fine wine merchants, showing where there have been changes in the trade’s interests each year. Firsts still first The Bordeaux First Growths continue to occupy the top five spots in the table, with Lafite Rothschild holding its position as the…

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U.S. Guinness Brewery is set to open August 3, 2018

By Liz Palmer

Starting August 3, 2018 Guinness beer will be brewed at its own U.S. brewing facility. Guinness’ parent Diageo announced January 31, 2017 by press release that they would build a U.S. version of Dublin’s famous Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore County, Maryland. The $50 million project includes the construction of a mid-sized Guinness brewery, packaging and warehousing operations as well as a tasting room, retail store and visitor center at Diageo’s Relay,…

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Wine Review: Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1989

By Liz Palmer

Wine Review: Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1989 First Growth. Premier Grand Cru Classe in 1973 Special Occasion – celebrating a family member’s one-year anniversary. It’s a lovely Pauillac that has reached its plateau of maturity; notably dark ruby in colour; It has an engaging cedar and tobacco bouquet with hints of mint; not much fruit concentration; the palate follows suit – is medium-bodied and continues the aromatic theme of cedar and tobacco; demonstrates great…

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Baffled by Wine Lists? You’re not alone…

By Liz Palmer

A staggering 73% of Brits are intimidated by restaurant wine lists according to a recent study, while 58% don’t feel they have enough wine knowledge to order with confidence. As reported by The Express, the study of over 2,000 people, run by Californian wine giant E&J Gallo’s Dark Horse brand, found that nearly three-quarters of Brits find restaurant wine tomes intimidating. The study also found that 36% of participants weren’t sure what they…

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