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Oct 14, 2018

1945 Romanee-Conti French wine auctioned for record-smashing $558,000

A bottle of 1945 Romanee-Conti wine fetched a record-smashing $558,000 at an auction held at Sotheby's in New York Saturday, which saw two bottles break the previous record. The final price, including taxes and commissions, was 17 times the auction house's $32,000 upper estimate for ...

Vintage 1774 French wine sells for record €103,700

May 27, 2018

Vintage 1774 French wine sells for record €103,700

A bottle of Jura wine dating back to 1774 sold Saturday for a record €103,700 ($120,800) at auction in eastern France, while two others of the same vintage also touched new highs. "I didn't think that these bottles would sell for so much. The last ...

Japan's wineries adapting to tighter grape geographic-origin rules

/ Jan 23, 2018

Japan's wineries adapting to tighter grape geographic-origin rules

Some wineries are moving to change their product names containing geographical terms ahead of a tightening of place-of-origin rules aimed at preventing consumer misunderstanding. Among them is Takeda Winery in Kaminoyama, Yamagata Prefecture. Its mainstay products include the Zao Star series. The brand name derives ...

Jan 17, 2018

Australia takes Canada to WTO over 'arbitrary' wine import restrictions

Australia said Wednesday it was taking legal action against Canada at the World Trade Organization over "arbitrary and disadvantageous" restrictions against imported wine, expanding on a similar U.S. complaint. Canberra said the measures by several provinces hurt trade with Australia's fourth-largest export market for wine, ...

Organic Champagne making a slow fizz into glasses

Jan 2, 2018

Organic Champagne making a slow fizz into glasses

A bubble it is not. The organic movement is only slowly taking root in France's Champagne region, although its proponents believe that environmentally friendly techniques can help the sparkling wine express even finer subtleties. Organic farming has experienced a boom in recent years, including in ...