December 3, 2020
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
November 23, 2020
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.
November 16, 2020
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
November 2, 2020
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
October 26, 2020
More news from the UK as Tier 3 status finally accepted in Greater Manchester - Berry Bros & Rudd announce new, streamlined FMV portfolio - 200,000 litres of counterfeit Tequila destroyed by Mexican authorities - Young couple served a $2,000 bottle of Bordeaux by mistake in a New York restaurant - Wine of the Week: Austrian Chardonnay
October 19, 2020
Australian winemaker Taras Ochota dies, as does renowned producer Lulu Peyraud - Confusion and controversy over UK government Covid laws - Italian police arrest two men for counterfeiting Sassicaia - French authorities increase restrictions on the use of glyphosate herbicides - Wine of the Week: an ultra-young Nebbiolo from Piemonte
October 16, 2020
As the $1bn Constellation sale to Gallo goes through, we taste some of the brands in the deal. At inexpensive price points, are they worth buying - both from the perspective of the consumer as well as Gallo's? Wines tasted:
- Cook's California Champagne
- Nobilo Marlborough Sauvigon Blanc (also sold, though in a separate deal)
- Black Box Chardonnay
- Clos du Bois Pinot Noir
- Ravenswood Vintners Reserve Old-Vine Zinfandel
October 12, 2020
Trade bodies warn that tariffs continue to harm the drinks industry - Constellation and Gallo deal to finally go ahead - British supermarket Waitrose launches old-vine Chenin Blanc from South Africa - Spanish breed of terrier awarded protected status in Jerez - Wine of the Week: skin-contact Austrian wine!
October 6, 2020
Fires return in California - New restrictions for pubs and restaurants announced in the UK to consternation of chefs and students alike - Major whisky producers condemn sexist language used in The Whiskey Bible - "Zero waste" wine range launched by London wine merchant - Wine of the Week: Beaujolais!
October 5, 2020
Fires continue in California, although possibility of rain next week - Greece bans sales of alcohol after midnight - Ongoing challenges for Australian wineries in China - New single-vineyard classifications announced in Soave* - Wines of the Week: same vineyard, same producer, different vintages from Chambolle-Musigny
*as promised on the pod, the Italian mouthful for the new classifications is Unità Geografica Aggiuntiva