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New name for Australian Porto?

December 10, 2008

Australia signed last month an agreement with the European Union, agreeing to remove from its labels of fortified wines all references to names tied to places in Europe. The chairman of the fortified sustainability project committee, Colin Campbell, said the project already cost over 1 million dollars to the Australian wine industry. But he hopes […]

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China, the new market for middle- and high-end wines?

November 14, 2008

Continental China is the Eldorado for the Western wine industry. At least, that’s what you would think when reading various studies and articles recently published. The main reason of this renewed or continued interest is the switch of the Chinese consumer from hard drinks to wine. The French Castel Group is one of the leading […]

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Results of a survey on wine bloggers

November 4, 2008

For those of you who follow OpenWine Consortium, a.k.a. OWC, know, two wine bloggers conference took place recently: one in Europe with our friends Ryan and Gabriella Opaz of Catavino and Robert McIntosh of WineConversation and one in California with the founder of OWC, Joel Vincent. Ryan had the brilliant idea to create a survey […]

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A hedonist in the Cellar by Jay McInerney

October 6, 2008

A few months ago I read a very good review in the New York Times Book Review on this book. I consciously added the title to the long list of books I should buy and read – I repeat, buy and read. I never buy a book if I know I won’t have time to […]

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New World Wines, Old World Wines? No, World Wines!

September 15, 2008

My friend Robert MacIntosh, who founded the European Group on OWC to overcome the traditional distinction between Old World and New World in wine, should be pleased by this piece of news: Old World and New World are old news. Now one talks about World Wines. How did I get this critical information? On Thursday […]

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Is there a wine brand that actually ‘crosses borders’

August 8, 2008

This is the very interesting question one of my readers addressed in a private email. It triggered my curiosity as a brand that would cross borders is not what we would call an “international brand” or a “global brand” but, as my reader (who just pass his WSET exam) put it ” ‘brands’ that operate […]

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Wine brands and estate wines

August 4, 2008

Being in California is a dream when you’re are as passionate about wine brands as I am. I spend a lot of time perusing in wine stores and supermarkets’ wine section looking at their selection, the labels and the way the wines are displayed on the shelves. And of course, I taste some wines, some […]

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Discover your own Australian Regional heroes!

July 24, 2008

Do you think you know everything about Australian wines? Here is a good way to test your knowledge: the Australian Wine and Brandy Company launched an interactive contest for that very purpose. They call “Regional Heroes” Australia’s regionally distinct wines, defined by a unique sense of place and a particular flavor that can’t be captured […]

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The winehound – news from Bob Wesley

July 22, 2008

Last year, when I was still writing Wine Brands, I had the pleasure to meet and interview Bob Wesley, who was then the wine manager of the upscale grocery store Lazy Acres in Santa Barbara. When talking to him and looking at the wines displayed in the store I was impressed by his original choices […]

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Wine and War or Wine Wars?

June 5, 2008

On, there is a European Community Group founded by my friend Robert McIntosh reflecting on the meaning (or absence of meaning) of the differences between “New” World and “Old” World in the wine business. This topic must be very pertinent since the French wine industry just decided to change the laws on how to […]

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