News from lockdown UK: alcohol sales soar, Champagne sales up, as are South African wines - wine.com sales over $300m in 2020 - Snow destroys roof and three vintages of Priorat winery - Williams-Selyem owners sell stake to Domaine Faiveley - Wine of the Week: German Blaufränkisch!
New sizes for containers agreed in the States: Good news for canned wines? - Changed en primeur dates announced in Bordeaux; South Africa also announces revised dates for Cape Fine & Rare Auction - South Korea wine imports on the rise - Wine of the Week: "Tsoin Tsoin" a Cabernet Franc/Gamay blend from the Loire Valley
As the UK finally leaves the EU, a trade deal is agreed: what are the consequences for the wine industry? - South Africa bans sales of alcohol, again; while England bans pubs from selling take-away alcohol - Freixenet launches alcohol-free sparkling wine - Wine of the Week: Rhône Syrah by a Loire producer
More sexism in the wine industry: French publication En Magnum criticized for sexist cartoon - More Chinese tariffs on Australian wine while UK removes tariffs on US drinks - Wine glut in South Africa with excess 300m liters of wine - Wine of the Week: Vinho Verde
Australia reacts to Chinese tariffs - Alcohol consumption down by 8% globally, although UK supermarket see sales rise by a third and are upbeat about 2021 - German wine event ProWein 2021 cancelled - Court of Master Sommeliers appoint new board - Wine of the Week: is it wine? yes and no, it's vermouth!
China imposes tariffs of up to 212% on Australian wine - New lockdown restrictions in England - Henzell Freixenet once again on the move, completing purchase of online UK retailer Slurp - Vinitaly changes its dates to June 2021 - Wine of the Week: English bubbles!
and a Wined Up Weekly update: new episodes will now be available of Wednesdays #winewednesday
International wine trade fairs: are they going to happen in 2021? - International Wine & Spirits Competition 2020 winners - James Symington, leading Port figure, dies aged 86 - English "Nouveau": trend or gimmick; Wine of the Week: Czech Sauvignon
Watch the IWSC 2020 online ceremony here.
After a week's hiatus on Wined Up Weekly: Devon Broglie resigns as Chairman of the Court of Master Sommeliers - EU imposes 25% tariffs on US rum and vodka - Burgundy reports "classic" 2020 vintage - Wine of the Week: Oregon Tempranillo
Allegations of sexual misconduct rock the Court of Master Sommeliers - National lockdown announced in England - Australian exports on the rise - Diageo buys UK gin and vodka producer, Chase Distillery - Wine of the Week: a Tannat from Uruguay