Interviews and News from Champagne & Sparkling
UK Wine Show 54 Tony Jordon CEO of Green Point
This week we feature Tony Jordon the CEO of Green Point Australia on the recent release of their entire sparkling range under crown seal.
UK Wine Show 12 Pieter Ferreira from Graham Beck wines on winemaking in South Africa part 2
Pieter Ferreira, winemaker at Graham Beck, tastes three wines with us and explains how they are made. Find out why he makes sparkling wines in barrels and how he prefers his barrels burnt on the inside to a medium toast!
Anna Lopez Lidon of Gramona on Cava
Anna Lopez Lidon is the export manager at Gramona, a Cava producer in Penedes, Spain. We discuss how Cava is produced, the dosage and the debate over international vs local grape varieties.
UK Wine Show 135 Josep Baujan on Cava and Yeast
Josep Baujan is technical director of Freixenet, the world-leading Cava and sparkling wine producer. In the second part of our interview we talk to Josep about yeast selection in Cava.
UK Wine Show 210 Mike Roberts of Ridgeview Estate on the Merret brand
Mike Roberts of Ridgeview Estate talks to us about his ambitions to create an accreditation for top quality English sparkling wine.
Montana brand replaced by Brancott Estate
The name Montana is to be replaced with Brancott Estate and a new wine style is to be trialled in 2011.
BA adds English sparkler in 1st class
British Airways first airline to offer an English sparkling wine to its airline customers
Russia launches first sparkling wine in the UK
Russia's first sparkling wine Abrau-Durso has arrived in the UK to be test-marketed via distributor Berkmann Wine Cellars.
Fizz put into Sauvignon Blanc
Brancott Estate launch sparkling Sauvignon Blanc.
Camel Valley on top of the world at International wine competition
Camel Valley Pinot Rose awarded the International Sparkling Rose Trophy.
The great English plant up is underway in southern England
New Sussex vineyard aims to produce 1 million bottles of sparkling wine a year.
Sparkling wine from across the world makes a splash in the UK
Sparkling wine sales are outperforming Champagne in the off trade.
Sparkling wines, are they going screw cap?
Guala launches sparkling wine screw cap closure to keep your fizz fizzier longer.
Australia has best growing season in decades while Champagne has one of the worst
Australia is set to benefit from the best growing conditions in the past twenty years but Champagne has seen the worst growing season in decades.
Former Tory jumps on English fizz bandwagon
Lord Ashcroft Controversial former Conservative Party deputy chairman is to invest in UK vineyard.
White Rum replaces Champagne in average shopping basket
Office of National Statistics deems white rum to be in an average shopping basket but Champagne is no longer
12 year study reveals number of bubbles in Champagne
French scientist finds formula to work out number of bubbles in Champagne
Bit more pop than expected!
Exploding prosecco recalled in the US
More Sparkle in the UK
Uplift of fizz sales in the UK driven by Prosecco
Austria introduces sparkling wine tiers
3 tier quality structure introduced to Austrian Sparkling wines
Top level tier announced for Cava
New single source vineyard guarantee for Cava will be introduced in the sprng.
Bubbly Made In India
French wine and spirits house marketing Indian bubbly
Christmas news and wine
What's going on this Christmas with wine?
Drappier makes 'extreme' Champagne using single varietal Pinot Gris
Champagne producer Michel Drappier has made the first vintage of Pinot Gris Champagne at his property in the Aube.
Vive Le English Sparkling Wine!
English Sparkling Wine beats Champagne in blind tasting
New Spanish Sparkling Wine
Torres reject Cava DO for their sparkling wine
Chambong latest drinking fad?
New champagne vessels launched
Christmas Trading Results
Sparkling wine boosts most retailers Christmas trade
Queens makes her own Fizz
2nd batch of Queens Sparkling Wine eagerly awaited
Blue wine, now blue fizz, but you’ll have to look fast
Scientist discovers blue cloud of gas escaping Champagne bottle when opened at a warmer temperature.
Champagne house Pommery first to release English Fizz!
Vranken Pommery Monopole launches English Fizz grown and made for them by Hampshire wine producer Hattingley Valley.
Top German producers introduce a new classification system for top end sparkling wines.
Germany's Verband Deutscher Prädikats (VDP) producers launch a new sparkling wine classification.
Champagne 2021 vintage looks tough
The weather in 2021 has simply not played ball with French producers. The Champagne region was hit badly by frost, hail and persistent mildew as well as spring rain which has resulted in yields expected to be down by 45%.
Interviews and News from Burgundy
UK Wine Show 61 Louis Latour on Burgundy negociants
Maison Louis Latour is one of the most highly-respected negociants in Burgundy. We speak to Louis Latour about the activities of a negociant and their role in producing and selling Burgundy's wine.
UK Wine Show 64 Louis Latour on Terroir and Global Warming
Louis Latour of Burgundy negociant Maison Louis Latour gives us his thoughts on the concept of terroir and the impact of global warming in his part of France.
UK Wine Show 170 Burgundy Overview with Olivier Normand
Olivier Normand is a Burgundy courtier who acts as the export department for many small growers. Olivier gives us an overview of the region and the appellation system.
UK Wine Show 171 Burgundy with Pierre Boillot
Domaine Lucien Boillot is a wine estate in Burgundy producing wine in Gevrey-Chambertin, Pommard and Volnay. We find out about the different styles of Pinot Noir.
UK Wine Show 172 Innovation in Burgundy with Olivier Gard
Domaine Olivier Gard is a family run estate based in Nuits Saint-Georges in Burgundy. We speak with Olivier about his vineyards and innovative winemaking techniques.
UK Wine Show 199 Greg Deeb Crown wine Cellars in Hong Kong
Crown wine cellars provides high quality wine storage in Hong Kong, we talk to Greg Deeb about wine storage conditions and how the booming Hong Kong fine wine market copes with sub tropical temperatures.
UK Wine Show 200 Greg Deeb Crown Wine Cellars
Crown Wine Cellars provides high quality wine storage in Hong Kong, we talk to Greg Deeb about the fine wine market in Hong Kong.
Prestige fizz getting pricier
Prices of top Champagnes are shooting up despite the economy heading the other way.
White Burgundies peak too soon
Producers in Burgundy are under attack from critics who claim that many wines are undrinkable when they should be at their peak due to premature oxidation.
Burgundy Beaujolais rules re-written
New rules governing the labelling of Beaujolais wines have been released ending a long running dispute between Burgundy and Beaujolais appellations.
Premature Burgundian oxidation nearly but not quite fixed
Many theories still exist about oxidation in white Burgundy but while winemakers have done all they can to reduce the risks it’s impossible to give a blanket assurance that all is now well.
Bordeaux prices down 30% at auction
Wine Auctions lose ground around the world as investors diversify from Bordeaux
152nd Burgundy Auction smashes records
Burgundy’s famous annual charity wine auction at the Hospices de Beaune smashes records.
Biodynamic vineyards more important than rest of Burgundy!
Producer refuses to use insecticide to prevent spread of leaf disease.
Burgundy to stop hail using high tech generators
New technology being employed in Burgundy to halt damage from hail.
Burgundy winemaker fined
Burgundy winemaker Emmanuel Giboulot is fined €1,000 for not using pesticides to fight flavescence doree disease.
Asian fly threat to French winemakers
Asian fly that causes grape rot found in Bordeaux
Burgundy winemaker's conviction overturned
Biodynamic winemaker Emanuel Giboulet has won a successful appeal against his conviction and receives a fine.
Free online wine course on Burgundy
Burgundy University offers free wine course as part of MOOC initiative.
What links the Forth Bridge and Champagne?
Burgundy, Champagne and Forth Bridge all given World Heritage status
Burgundy supply is reducing
Variety of factors now affecting volume of Burgundy wine available.
New creme de la creme for Cremant
Higher ranking announced for Cremant wines.
Frosts hit Burgundy vineyards
Frosts affect vineyards in Burgundy.
Grape theft in Burgundy
Intentional theft or innocent harvesting mistakes in Burgundy?
French harvest, less a harvest more a hunt for grapes.
French reported weakest harvest in 30 years
Burgundy installs hail chemical hailstone shield
Burgundy installs hail chemical hailstone shield that pumps silver iodide into the atmosphere to minimise the size of hailstones.
The rise and rise of Burgundy sees exports from Burgundy hit €1 billion for the first time
Burgundy’s exports hit a €1 billion for the first time in the year to September, while Liv-ex continues to see the fine wine market fall.
Burgundy approves 22 new Premier Cru sites
Burgundian Pouilly-Fuissé has had 22 vineyards approved for Premier Cru from the 2020 vintage.