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  • Fake DRC wine: Prosecutor demands prison for alleged gang member

    Fake DRC wine: Prosecutor demands prison for alleged gang member


    (Decanter) - One of the alleged ringleaders in an organised crime gang that sold 400 bottles of fake DRC wines in Europe should be sentenced to at least two years in prison with a hefty fine, a state prosecutor has argued at a court hearing in Burgundy. But a defence lawyer denied his client's involvement in the plot. A French state prosecutor accused a Russian defendant of being...

  • How Walmart got a Chilean superstar

    How Walmart got a Chilean superstar


    (NVR) - The label for La Moneda Malbec Reserva 2015 from Chile looks like nothing special, until you notice the small decal on the side touting 95 points and a platinum medal from Decanter magazine. Even if you don’t know that Decanter is Britain’s leading wine journal, 95 points is an impressive score for any wine, especially a cheap one. Last June, when it won best single-variety...

  • Stop Everything: Queen Elizabeth II Makes Her Own Sparkling Wine

    Stop Everything: Queen Elizabeth II Makes Her Own Sparkling Wine


    (Refinery29) - French Champagne might have the clout and heritage, but it looks like that revered bubbly may be getting some unexpected competition. The Queen of England herself, Elizabeth II, just tossed her crown into the world of winemaking and believe it or not, it's a homegrown affair. According to Food & Wine, back in 2011, "the U.K.’s largest wine retailer,...

  • Does Shiraz wine come from Iran?

    Does Shiraz wine come from Iran?


    (BBC) - Until the Islamic revolution, Iran had a tradition of wine-making which stretched back centuries. It centred on the ancient city of Shiraz - but is there a connection between the place and the wine of the same name now produced and drunk across the world? "I remember my father bringing in the grapes and putting them in a big clay vat," says California-based wine-maker...

  • Wine-Tasting Rooms Move Out of the Cellar

    Wine-Tasting Rooms Move Out of the Cellar


    (WSJ) -  Homeowners with  wine cellars tout features like custom storage racks and cooling systems. The  cellars are perfect for wine —but less so for the people who drink it. “Cellars are cold. They’re 55 degrees. It’s not that enjoyable,” says Marshall Tilden III, sales director at Wine Enthusiast, a Mount Kisco, N.Y.-based firm that builds...

  • Developing The Grapes Of The Future

    Developing The Grapes Of The Future


    (GP) - With a focus on disease resistance and hardiness, researchers are hard at work developing the grape cultivars of the future. Through a multidisciplinary collaborative project called VitisGen, researchers are are working to decrease the time, effort, and cost of developing these new grapes. According to the VitisGen website, the project “incorporates cutting-edge genomics...

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