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Press Release: Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson MW launch latest World Atlas of Wine in New York with English Sparkling Wine


Ridgeview Bloomsbury 2010, a sparkling wine from the South Downs of England, was the choice for two of the world’s most respected authorities on wine, Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson, … Continue reading

November 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Press Release: English Fizz Goes to Franciacorta


On 15th October, international sparkling wine and Champagne expert Tom Stevenson presented the first ever tutored tasting of 10 English Sparkling Wines to a packed audience of Franciacorta producers, Italian sommeliers and specialist wine press.  … Continue reading

October 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Harpers – Mike Matthews recent Top Three wines reviewed


On a recent research mission to the offices of Harpers Wine & Spirit, I was asked to come up with my top three recently tasted wines; which were to be … Continue reading

October 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Press Release: Claude Giraud asks Winemakers and Champagne Houses to take action


Champagne Henri Giraud presented today the results of a quarter of century of research on the winemaking of fine wines in oak barrels. With nearly 200 guests from 16 countries, Claude Giraud held an … Continue reading

April 22, 2013 · 2 Comments

Mike Matthews – Halfwine.com. An alternative in Online Wine Shopping


In order to be successful in business you need ‘the idea’. You need to find something that no one else has thought of, perhaps rework an existing model. It’s not … Continue reading

October 28, 2012 · 3 Comments

Press Release – The Best of English wine on show at Best of Britannia this weekend


English wines will be out in force at a stylish new consumer show – Best of Britannia – taking place this weekend. The best of British fashion, design and manufacture will be … Continue reading

October 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

Press Release – Champagne Jacquart winemaker Floriane Eznack quietly confident about the 2012 vintage despite weather difficulties earlier in the year


Despite well-reported difficulties in the Champagne region throughout the early part of 2012, a sunny start in September has provided an ideal ripening period and boost to the vintage says … Continue reading

September 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

Sparkling sales to overtake Champagne


The UK will apparently spend some £690 million on Champagne this year, down from £1bn in 2007, while sales of sparkling wine will hit £720m – up from £465m over … Continue reading

July 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

Veuve Clicquot unveils first prestige cuvée for six years


Veuve Clicquot has released its first prestige cuvée La Grande Dame since the 1998 vintage as the Champagne house unveiled its 2004 this week. Launching the cuvée in the dramatic setting of … Continue reading

July 3, 2012 · Leave a comment

Hailstorm savages Champagne vineyards


One of the worst hailstorms in recorded Champagne history has hit the southern Côte des Bar region, destroying this year’s grape crop. Damage to the vines from the 15-minute deluge … Continue reading

June 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

Press Release. Experience Card – Upperton Vineyard Tours


Upperton Vineyard Tours & Afternoon Teas The English wine industry is booming, with more vineyards in this country than ever before. Andy Rogers from Upperton Vineyards explains why, and outlines … Continue reading

May 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

FRENCH WINE CAMPAIGN TO TAP CHINESE MARKET


Newly elected French president Francois Hollande is to promote French wine in China and educate the Chinese about wine through a series of events in the country. The French agriculture … Continue reading

May 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Sotheby’s launches own-label Champagne


Sotheby’s has become the first auction house to launch its own Champagne, for sale online and in the company’s retail store in New York. The own-label Champagne, which will also … Continue reading

May 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Champagne crop badly damaged by frost


Up to a third of some Champagne vineyards have been affected by heavy frosts earlier this month. Undamaged and frost-damaged spring growth (Image: Lea & Sandeman) Temperatures dropped to – 3°C … Continue reading

April 27, 2012 · Leave a comment
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