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Three new MWs have been announced by the Institute of Masters of Wine, bringing the global total to 419. In a post last week, the IMW officially congratulated New Zealand’s Michael Henley and the UK’s Siobhan Turner and Claire Blackler.
Anyone reading this article with half a million dollars in their pocket had better take note. Screaming Eagle Cabernet 1992 was aged in oak barrels, contains notes of blackberry, and sells for a reasonable – some might even say cheap - $500,000.
Anyone visiting a British supermarket this month will have noticed the bare shelves, the shortages of milk and bread, the staff hurrying from till to till, the products arranged to hide the empty spaces.
The vast and varied continent of Africa is home to some sumptuous alcohol. Mbege, made from fermented bananas and a little quinine bark, is made by women of the Chagga people in the shadow of Kilimanjaro.
As catastrophic floods hit Western and Central Europe, winemakers livelihoods are ruined and a new focus is placed on the impact of climate change on our industry.
Russia has passed a new law stating that only wine grown within the country can be referred to as Champagne, infuriating French champagne houses and causing Moët to cease supply to Moscow. The authenticity of the law, initially questioned in some quarters, has since been confirmed by sources within the Russian wine market.
It seems that a truce has been declared in the trade war and that punitive sanctions have been frozen. The news was welcomed both at Tribeca Wine Merchants in New York and FEVS, the Fédération des Exportateurs de Vins & Spiritueux de France.
In the second of our two-part article on the Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year, we shift our spotlight to the Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year. This year’s finalists will be exhibited at The Royal Photographic Society in Bristol from the 20th November until the 12th December.
The Pink Lady ® Food Photography Awards return with the same startling range, the same ambition, and the same reputation as the world’s premier food photography competition. Its twenty-five categories include the World Food Programme Food for Life and the Fujifilm Award for Innovation.
Five Wine Festivals for the Post-Covid Era: Vinexpo Shanghai, Vinexpo America, Alimentaria, Vinitaly, Vinexpo Bordeaux.
Nothing feels predictable in a year like this, but we at Vinaty are ready to place our bets. Here are four major predictions for the future of the wine world. Will we be proven right or wrong? Come back and ask again in 2022.
The world’s proudest wine-producers have already accepted new members to their club. First came the Judgement of Paris in 1976, when top oenologists rated California grapes above the French. New Zealand, South Africa and Chile have also joined the fold. But surely there’s space leftover for a part of the world which, traditionally, doesn’t have much of a reputation: England.