Jul 26 2011 Hungarian ‚vin de merde‘ conviction quashed

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by Panos Kakaviatos – A journalist’s libel conviction for describing a wine as ‘shit’ has been quashed by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Hungarian journalist Péter Uj was fiercely critical of a wine made by the state-owned T. Zrt wine company.

He wrote that the wine ‘had been enough to make me cry: sour, blunt and over-oxidised stuff, bad-quality ingredients collected from all kinds of leftovers, grey mould plus a bit of sugar from Szerencs, musty barrel – but because we are still there … hundreds of thousands of Hungarians drink [this] shit with pride.’ Continue reading „ Hungarian ‚vin de merde‘ conviction quashed“

Jul 26 2011 Duchess of Cornwall to be figurehead for English wine

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Duchess of Cornwall and Bob Lindo

The Duchess of Cornwall and Camel Valley's Bob Lindo

by Tessa Ditner – The Duchess of Cornwall has been appointed president of the United Kingdom Vineyards Association.

The Duchess takes over from Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, who will become Honorary Lifetime President in recognition of his long term dedication and commitment to the UK wine industry, UKVA said.

‘We are delighted and honoured that HRH The Duchess of Cornwall has agreed to be our new President,’ UKVA chairman Ian Edwards said.

‘Her support for this growing industry acknowledges the phenomenal growth in awareness of English and Welsh vineyards and wines.’

The Duchess will host next year’s English and Welsh Wine of the Year awards – held this year in the House of Lords. Continue reading „ Duchess of Cornwall to be figurehead for English wine“

Jul 26 2011 Australian Riesling head and shoulders above New Zealand – Decanter panel

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by Adam Lechmere – Australian Riesling is infinitely superior to New Zealand’s, according to a Decanter panel of eight New World Riesling experts.
Earlier this year the panel tasted 79 Australian and 55 New Zealand Rieslings from a variety of vintages, the majority from 2010 and 2009 with a handful of vintages going back to 2005 and earlier.

The wines came from all Riesling-producing regions of the two countries. The vast majority of Australian wines were from the Adelaide Hills, and Clare and Eden Valleys, while most New Zealand Rieslings were from Marlborough, with a few from Central Otago, Nelson and other regions. Continue reading „ Australian Riesling head and shoulders above New Zealand – Decanter panel“

Jul 26 2011 New website for English sparkling wine

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by Adam Lechmere – A new website has been set up to showcase and sell English sparkling wines.nyetimber – which was launched two days ago – is the brainchild of three Plumpton College graduates and wine trade professionals.

The aim of the site is to showcase only the highest-quality English sparkling wine, managing director Jeremy Cook told

Producers will be vetted by means of blind tastings, ‘or they must have won an award,’ Cook said.

Smaller producers will be able to piggy-back on the site without having to set up their own marketing and sales operation. Continue reading „ New website for English sparkling wine“