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The True Cost of Organic Wine to UK Consumers

A study commissioned by SudVinBio and Millésime Bio, and produced by IWSR, has found that organic wines are taking market share from their traditional counterparts at increasing speed. The average organic wine costs £10.21 per bottle, compared to £7.38 for a non-organic version, however the findings showed that UK consumers are willing to pay 38% more for a bottle of organic vs. non-organic wine. Organic wine consumption, when studied in isolation from the rest of the organic market, has seen growth of a staggering 70% over the past five years, up from 3.36 million 9 litre cases in 2012 to...

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The $558,000 Bottle of Wine

A bottle of French wine has fetched a record-breaking $558,000 (£424,000) at an auction in New York. The 1945 Romanee-Conti sold for 17 times its upper estimate of $32,000 at Sotheby's in New York on Saturday. The previous record for a standard wine bottle was $233,000 - an 1869 Chateau Lafite Rothschild sold in Hong Kong in 2010. But the record for any size is $310,700 for a three-litre 1945 Mouton-Rothschild in 2007. The 1945 bottle is one of just 600 made that year by Romanee-Conti, considered to be the best Burgundy wine. It is produced in the Cote de...

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The Best Wines for Christmas Meals

What are the general rules for wine-pairing at Christmas? Rule number one: there are no rules. There are so many flavours on the table, meaning there are loads of pairing options. Wines should complement not only the food, but the familial, celebratory feeling of togetherness. Red Wines When branching out in the red department, keep in mind why Beaujolais Nouveau pairs infamously well with the traditional faire: it’s light, juicy, and palette-cleansing without competing with the meal. Light- or medium-bodied reds are the way to go. Pinot Noir is a great alternative, as are earthy, herbally reds with lower tannins,...

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Spotlight Nyetimber 1086 Prestige Cuvée

When it comes to choosing a bottle of something special, a prestige cuvée makes a great choice to add to your collection. While we tend to think of English wine as a new and emerging category, the history of wine production in England goes back to Roman times. There were more than 40 vineyards listed in the Great Survey of 1086, otherwise known as the Domesday Book. It was in the Domesday Book that Nyetimber was first mentioned. Although the property wasn’t a vineyard at that time, it is the estate’s longstanding history that inspired the name for Nyetimber’s new...

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What’s the Difference between New World and Old World Wine?

Old World Wine Old world wines are from countries or regions where winemaking (with Vitis vinifera grapes) first originated. Old world wine countries include: France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Austria, Hungary, and Germany. Also, based on the definition, countries like Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, and Moldova are also able to be considered old world wine regions too! New World Wine New world wines are from countries or regions where winemaking (and Vitis vinifera grapes) were imported during (and after) the age of exploration. New world wine countries include: the United States, Australia, South Africa, Chile, Argentina, and New Zealand are New World wine regions. Also,...

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