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Jul 05 2010

Smith Haut Lafitte to export wines by sail-powered ship

Tag: Weingütersigi.hiss @ 13:35

by Graham Tearse – Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte is to begin exporting wines by sailing ship. The 106 year-old British ketch Bessie Ellen will set sail from Bordeaux for Montreal on July 21, laden with 20,000 bottles of Smith Haut Lafitte.

The ship will also carry bottles from Château de Cayx (the Cahors domain owned by the Danish royal family) and Borie de Maurel (Languedoc).

The move was introduced in an effort to cut the chateau’s carbon footprint.

‚It is a marriage of tradition and modernity,‘ owner Daniel Cathiard told decanter.com. Continue reading „Smith Haut Lafitte to export wines by sail-powered ship“


Jul 05 2010

Jacques Boissenot named Winemaker of the Decade

Tag: Personensigi.hiss @ 10:46

by Jane Anson – Jacques Boissenot, wine consultant to four of the five First Growths, was named Winemaker of the Decade last night in a ceremony at Chateau Rauzan Segla, Margaux.

The award was given by Ch’ng Poh Tiong of the Chinese Bordeaux Guide to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the publication.

Poh Tiong, who is also a Decanter columnist, said, ‚Winemaker of the Decade may be a bold award, but I feel very confident because have tasted his many wonderful wines again and again. And it is impossible to achieve greatness if you are not genuine, and nobody would doubt that about M. Boissenot.‘ Continue reading „Jacques Boissenot named Winemaker of the Decade“


Jul 05 2010

AUSTRALIA: Top winemakers on promo tour of China

Tag: Ländersigi.hiss @ 10:43
Ten of Australia’s top winemakers are touring China as part of the industry’s plan to develop Australian wine’s premium credentials in the country.

The winemakers began their tour at the Shanghai World Exposition this week, under the banner: „A+ Australian Wine – every one has a story“.

They will next visit Beijing, Guangzhou and Hong Kong on a tour organised by trade body Wine Australia. Continue reading „AUSTRALIA: Top winemakers on promo tour of China“


Jul 05 2010

Montes founder Douglas Murray dies

Tag: Personensigi.hiss @ 10:38

Douglas Murray by Adam Lechmere – Douglas Murray, one of the founders of Chile’s Viña Montes, has died aged 68 after a long struggle with cancer. The Chilean wine journal Diario del Vino said this morning, ‚Chilean viticulture is in mourning‘, summing up feelings about the loss of one of the best-loved figures in the country’s wine industry.

In 35 years in the wine industry Murray (pictured, on right, with Aurelio Montes this year) held many different posts, including the first chairman of Wines of Chile in London. His biography on the Montes website describes him as ‚the engineer of Chilean wine achievements in Asia and the groundbreaker for European markets.‘ Continue reading „Montes founder Douglas Murray dies“


Jul 05 2010

Finger Lakes pioneer Bill Wagner dies

Tag: Personensigi.hiss @ 10:35

by Howard G Goldberg in New York – Stanley A (Bill) Wagner, a major pioneering Finger Lakes vintner, died on 26 June aged 83. Wagner founded Wagner Vineyards, on Seneca Lake, in 1979, three years after seminal state legislation provided incentives for creating New York’s modern wine industry. Continue reading „Finger Lakes pioneer Bill Wagner dies“