Aug 11 2010

Jadot winemaker rebuffs faultless wine culture

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by Decanter staff – Wineries that ‚clean up‘ their wines are removing the life from them, according to Louis Jadot’s head winemaker in the September issue of Decanter. The latest edition of the magazine includes an interview with Jacques Lardiere, a member of the company’s team for forty years.

He told Decanter, ‚I’m not after technical perfection. I don’t have much time for the Australian approach, where the ideal wine is the most neutral.‘ ‚It’s easy to clean up a wine, but by removing faults, unless they’re truly detrimental, you also remove its life.‘ ‚I refuse to go along with it,‘ he adds.

The veteran winemaker is set to retire at the end of 2012, and will be replaced by Frederic Barnier of Chateau de Chassagne-Montrachet. Read Lardiere’s views on biodynamics, terroir and much more in this month’s Decanter.

Aug 11 2010

Broadbent at 400: Consumers ’so confused‘ by wine

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Broadbent by Rebecca Gibb – Big business and a lack of consumer knowledge are the latest challenges facing the wine industry, says veteran Decanter columnist Michael Broadbent. On the anniversary of his 400th column in the magazine, the former head of Christie’s wine department told ‚My feeling is that consumers have never had so much choice but they have never been so confused.

‚The whole world is making a good standard of wine today and they need some guidance,‘ he said. Broadbent has been writing about wine for more than 50 years and has seen many changes in that time.

However, he mourns the demise of the smaller players. ‚Big business seems to be taking over and I don’t like the way things are going,‘ he added. Broadbent’s first column appeared in Decanter in the February issue, 1977, entitled Michael Broadbent’s Tasting Notes. His 400th column in September’s issue of Decanter takes a look back at his wine-filled career.

Aug 11 2010

Sonoma growers face nervous wait

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By Richard Woodard – Wine growers on the Sonoma Coast and in the Russian River Valley face a nail-biting wait to discover if 2010 will be a great vintage – or ruined by rain. A low pressure system sitting off California’s north coast has created highly unusual weather conditions in the area this summer, with coastal fogs and temperatures in the 60s and 70s Fahrenheit, rather than the more normal 80s and 90s. Continue reading „Sonoma growers face nervous wait“

Aug 11 2010

US wine consumption rises for 16th year

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By Richard Woodard – American consumers defied the downturn to buy more wine than ever last year, according to newly released figures. The 0.8% increase in wine consumption to 297m cases was the 16th consecutive year of sales growth, according to the statistics revealed in the Beverage Information Group’s 2010 Wine Handbook.

Domestic wine sales, which grew by 1.8% to 222.7m cases, continued to out-perform imports, which were down 2.2% to 74.3m cases. However, countries including Chile, New Zealand and Portugal continued to grow their sales, the handbook said. Continue reading „US wine consumption rises for 16th year“

Aug 11 2010

Nine Sherry bodegas fined €7m for breaching competition rules

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By David Furer – Nine Sherry bodegas, an industry association and Sherry’s Consejo Regulador have been fined for breaching competition rules. Spain’s National Competition Commission (CNC) fined the group a total of €6,723,000 after it obtained evidence of anti-competitive practices.

The CNC charges that between 2001 and 2006, several of Sherry’s major wineries established a cartel to control the output and price of Sherry to be exported to foreign distributors of ‚buyers own brand‘ (BOB) in Germany, the Netherlands, and Great Britain. Continue reading „Nine Sherry bodegas fined €7m for breaching competition rules“