Prosecco’s Bortolomiol branches into Tuscany

Historic Prosecco producer Bortolomiol has expanded its reach into Tuscany, having purchased its first vineyard in Montalcino.

Copper to be the biggest issue for wine growers this decade

Eliminating the use of copper as a fungicide in vineyards will be the biggest issue for the wine business over the next 10 years, believes Hervé Jestin, head winemaker for Champagne Leclerc Briant.

Moët Grand Vintage named ‘Official Champagne’ of Royal Ascot

Ascot Racecourse has announced a new four-year partnership that will see Moët & Chandon’s Grand Vintage become the official Champagne of the racing event.

Haut-Bailly invests in major revamp

Château Haut-Bailly has announced major investment in its infrastructure with new cellars and a revamp of the existing buildings scheduled to take place between now and 2021.

Crowdfunding to support Gerard Basset memoirs goes live

A crowdfunding platform to raise funds for the publication of Gerard Basset’s memoirs, who died earlier this week, has gone live, giving members of the trade the chance to pre-order a copy and pledge their support.

Constellation Brands’ cannabis partner is building a $150m US production facility

Canopy Growth, the cannabis company backed by US drinks giant Constellation, is building a production facility in New York.

Watch: Bushmills’ new ad campaign depicts the ‘real’ Ireland

Proximo Spirits-owned Bushmills has launched a new ad campaign called ‘Red Set Go’ which it claims portrays the “real Ireland” in order to attract the next generation of whiskey drinkers in the US.

Premium wine sales in the US set to decline in 2019

Sales of premium wine in the US are expected to decline again in 2019, according to the Silicon Valley Bank’s State of the Wine Industry Report, with a slowdown driven by retiring baby boomers and millennials’ delay in becoming wine drinkers.

The week in pictures

This week in the world of drinks; Panic! At The Disco launches a beer, Metallica also launches a beer, Cognac producers land in Barbados for a maturation experiment, and the drinks industry pays tributes to a legend of the wine trade, Gerard Basset OBE.

Vinexpo event to take place in New York this March

The Vinexpo New York event will take place on 4-5 March 2019 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, with a schedule including panels, masterclasses and international exhibitors. 

Trader Joe’s to sell wine bottle ‘gardens’

US grocery chain Trader Joe’s is taking a new approach to recycling, selling wine bottle ‘succulent gardens’ in select stores for US$12.99.

LVMH sues Hong Kong merchant over XLV wine range

French luxury group LVMH is suing Hong Kong wine merchant, Cuvee XLV French Wine, for infringement of its legal trademark over a wine range named ‘XLV’, that was created in partnership with a member of the fashion family.

US police request for drunk volunteers gets ‘overwhelming response’

A call for three volunteers “to drink hard liquor to the point of inebriation”, made by a police department in Pennsylvania, has perhaps unsurprisingly received “an overwhelming response”. 

Olivier Legrand joins Castelnau

Champagne Castelnau has appointed Olivier Legrand as its new marketing and communications director.

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