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This spring the phrase “Yes Way Rosé” (#yeswayrosé) seemingly exploded out of nowhere. By the end of last summer, the New York Post’s Page Six was hyperventilating over an imminent shortage of rosé in the Hamptons. Had an insatiable demand for rosé suddenly exploded out of nowhere, leading to a run on the pink booze bank? Yes …

In 2017, total turnover for Champagne set a new record of €4.9 billion. This performance is due to growth in exports (€2.8 billion, up 6.6% compared with 2016) while the French market has remained stable (€2.1 billion).  In the twelve years since 2005, the Champagne region’s turnover has grown by …

On the evening of October 24th at 67 Pall Mall, Steven Spurrier hosted a Master Class to announce the renaissance of L’Academie du Vin, the Paris wine school that he created in 1973 and which gained world-wide fame for hosting the tasting of wines from California and France which became …

At Château Smith Haut Lafitte, all the Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris and Sémillon have been harvested … The red grapes harvest started last Monday and we will have nice surprises … Despite the spring frost (with fortunately limited consequences on Château Smith Haut Lafitte’s terroir, but it remains in our minds…) the drought …

Luxury ‘craft’ rum, led by Zacapa, has never been so popular. Rum is well and truly shifting its reputation as the spirit only for pirates. It is taking over drinks menus of the hottest bars, being supped by the super sophisticated as an aperitif and converting even the most fanatical after-dinner …

Champagne Pommery has re-entered the Hong Kong market with an exclusive distribution agreement with Connoisseur Wines & Spirits announces The Drinks Business. The whole range of Champagne including Pop, Brut royal, Rosé, Royal Blue Sky and Cuvée Louise, will be available in Hong Kong. Founded in 1856, Pommery is one of …

New data has revealed that China’s still and sparkling wine market would reach US$21bn compared to US$16bn in the UK by 2020, pushing the UK into the third place in the process. www.harpers.co.uk

The Institute of Masters of Wine has just announced four new Masters of Wine. The new Members of the Institute are Mark Andrew MW (UK), Jeremy Cukierman MW (France), Emma Dawson MW (UK) and David Forer MW (USA). There are now 356 Masters of Wine living in 29 countries. The new …

The sunshine was back to celebrate the 13th Vinisud, the world’s largest showcase for Mediterranean wines, which opened on January 29 at the Montpellier showground. Mirroring the pioneering spirit that epitomises the world’s largest wine region, Vinisud celebrated its new annual format this year with a number of novel concepts, …

Almost all individual companies have re-confirmed attendance and new exhibitors, as well as redesigned and expanded layouts for Piedmont, Tuscany, Sardinia and Vininternational: these are just some of the news items for 2017. The international operator invitation service for exhibitor companies will be activated in January. Enrolments for Sol&Agrifood and …