17th January – How The Wine World has Changed in 14 Years

The Australian BRL Hardy and the American group Constellation Brands plan a merger, this financial operation would create the world #1 of the wine industry. On January 17th, 2002 the Administration Council of BRL Hardy accepted a purchase offer presented by Constellation Brands. The total amount of … [Read more...]

23rd January – ‘Two Buck Chuck’ Could No Longer Use Napa Today 2006

Supreme Defeat for 'Two Buck Chuck' Maker It's final. Bronco Wine Co. will no longer be able to use "Napa" in the brand names of wines made with few or no Napa grapes. Today 23rd January, the U.S. Supreme Court denied without comment Bronco's last-gasp effort to overturn a California labelling law, … [Read more...]

22nd January – £80m Wine Fraud Company Bankrupt Today 2003

United States Doctors Targets For Multimillion Dollar Wine Fraud Two UK company directors have been disqualified for 15 years for their part in an ingenious £80m wine and spirit investment scam targeting American doctors. Following a trial in the High Court, Robin Grove and Richard Gunter, … [Read more...]

20th January – 340 Year Old Oak Felled Today for Chateau Latour Barrels Today 2006

Barrels From Ancient Felled Oak to Make Chateau Latour Wine Owners of some of the world’s grandest vineyards gather today, January 20, 2006, to witness the felling of a 340-year-old oak that will be made into barrels for ageing their wine. The 120-ft Morat tree was planted in about 1665 in the … [Read more...]

10th December – Slow News Day in the Wine World

Slow news day today I’m afraid… Pernod announced today, 10th December 2007, it is releasing a new range of Pinot Grigios from Australia, New Zealand and Argentina. Jacob’s Creek is expanding with Jacob’s Creek Pinot Grigio 2007, while Brancott Wines introduces Brancott Classic North Island Pinot … [Read more...]

19th October – Beaulieu Vineyard Announces Georges de Latour Expansion Today 2007

Napa-based Beaulieu Vineyard said Friday (Oct. 19, 2007) it's adding a self-contained $7 million winemaking facility for its flagship Georges de Latour Private Reserve cabernet sauvignon. The new winery project will begin immediately and will be developed within an existing building at the BV … [Read more...]

22nd September – Opus One on its Own

Opus One Is Its Own The owners of Opus One, Philippine de Rothschild and Constellation Brands, said Thursday (Sept 22, 2005) that, in the future, the winery will operate more independently from its Napa Valley sibling, Robert Mondavi Winery. The likeness of Mondavi remaining on the label is still … [Read more...]