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The Dutch Connection – How The Dutch Changed The Face of Bordeaux and Its Wine

The Dutch were a major influence in the production of Bordeaux wines back in the 17th and 18th centuries and their legacy still lives on. They helped to establish vineyards, chateaux, negotiants (wine merchants) and trade. More importantly they are … Continue reading

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Discovering New Wines in Bordeaux – Fantastic Quality For The Money, Part 5

Paul Smith, our Financial Director, has been on a mission in Bordeaux to discover new wines, chateaux and wine makers. This is the fifth in a series of blogs about his trip and his discoveries. Bordeaux is a curious mix … Continue reading

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Sauternes Sold in Bag-in-Box

Sauternes has been one of the most innovative appellations in Bordeaux when it comes to trying out new packaging and marketing ideas. Sauternes is already sold in 10cl test-tube bottles. Grand Cru Classé Château d’Arche was the first to take … Continue reading

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Wine Packaging and Branding – The Fiasco

My last blog on dressing wine bottles with wire netting has got me thinking. The shape and colour of a wine bottle used to tell you a lot about the wine’s identity – just think of the slender green bottles … Continue reading

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Chateau Haut Brion, La Mission and Rauzan Segla – New Bottle Branding

Chateau Haut Brion has announced that they have changed their large bottle format for their Double Magnum (3 litre) and Imperial (6 litre) sizes. Following the rebirth of white Chateau La Mission Haut Brion and the launch of Le Clarence … Continue reading

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Cheval Blanc 1947 Sets New World Record and . . . Giant Sized Bottles

The Press are reporting that a rare Imperial bottle of Cheval Blanc 1947 was sold to a private collector for $304,375 (£192,000) on Tuesday, setting a world record price for a single bottle. The Imperial bottle was sold to a … Continue reading

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The World’s Oldest Wine Barrel

The world’s oldest giant wine barrel has been refilled for the first time in its 400-year history and will be filling glasses with red wine at a festival on 31st July and 1st August in the town of Halberstadt in … Continue reading

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The World’s Oldest Wine Barrel

The world’s oldest giant wine barrel has been refilled for the first time in its 400-year history and will be filling glasses with red wine at a festival on 31st July and 1st August in the town of Halberstadt in … Continue reading

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Bordeaux Research Shows Wine Oxidises in Plastic Packaging

The Institute of Vine and Wine Sciences in Bordeaux (ISVV) has found that the bag-in-box, single-layer PET and small multi-layer PET alter the character of the white wines when stored for more than six months, “with oxidation clearly noticeable”. As … Continue reading

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Wine In Miniature Bottles

I read an article recently about a new idea in tasting premium Californian wines before you commit to buying them. Tim Bucher has set up TastingRoom.com where customers can literally try before you buy. Customers buy the fine wines in … Continue reading

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