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Aldi launch 300g glass bottle

Aldi first in UK to launch wine in super lightweight 300g glass bottle
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Aldi have launched a wine in a super lightweight glass bottle, claiming to be the first UK supermarket to use the new super light Verallia Bordelaise Air 300g bottle.

Packaging and transportation make up around 50% of the CO2 footprint in a bottle of wine and by reducing the bottle weight, significant carbon savings are possible.

Lanchester Wines will be supplying Aldi with Kooliburra Sauvignon Semillon from Australia. Using bulk shipping of wine and bottling in the UK at Greencroft Bottling, this solution will have the lowest carbon footprint for packaging and transportation of any glass bottle in the UK. Until now, the lightest bottle in the UK was apparently a 345g bottle, already significantly lower than the more standard 400g lightweight bottle.

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Judgement of London tasting

Judgement of London pits top European wines vs the rest of the world and the winner is...
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Winners of the Judgement of London tasting were announced at this weeks London Wine Fair, pitting top European wines against the rest of the world.

Europe narrowly pipped the post, scoring 2,621.5 points while the Rest of the World wines scored 2,604.5 points, a difference of just 17 points.

21 judges, including a significant number of Masters of Wine and Master Sommeliers, evaluated 32 wines in a head to head in categories such as top Riesling, top Chardonnay, best white blend. Sarah Abbott MW selected wines that she thought were the best examples in the world, rather than producers submitting wines themselves.

The wines included:
Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac, Bordeaux, France 2009
Grosset Polish Hill Riesling, Clare Valley, Australia 2012
Jean Louis Chave Hermitage Rouge, Rhône, France 2012
Maison Louis Jadot Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru, Burgundy, France 2017

The highest scoring wine overall was the Pegasus Bay Bel Canto Riesling 2011 vintage from Waipara, North Canterbury, New Zealand.
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IWC announce award-winning wines

The International Wine Challenge has released its results for 2024.
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The International Wine Challenge has released the results for 2024, with 13 gold medals going to English producers mainly for sparkling wines, though a surprise was in the red wine category, Gusbourne’s Pinot Noir won a gold and received a trophy for best English red.

France got the most golds with 72, while Australia came second with 54 gold medals, Spain pipped Portugal with 34 vs 33 gold medals. Italy may have got the 5th largest number of medals but only 15 golds being well beaten by New Zealand's 23 golds. These included Church Road Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2021 that was the shows top Chardonnay beating all those Burgundies, while the competition's top Syrah also went to New Zealand winery Kennedy Point for their 2021 Syrah. Showing that while Sauvignon Blanc maybe the back bone of the New Zealand wine industry, their Chardonnay, Syrah and Pinot Noir consistently prove they are amongst the best in the world.

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Read the fine print it could be worth wine!

UK company offered a free bottle of Pomerol to the first person who found the offer in the small print of privacy policy statement.
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Read the fine print it could be worth wine!

Tax Policy Associates, a British firm, offered a free bottle of Pomerol wine to the first person to claim it, after having read the small print of the company's privacy statement. The offer was hidden as an experiment, to see if anyone would actually read the full terms.

It took three months before someone claimed the £35 bottle of Château de Sales 2013. Dan Neidle heads up the organisation said it was his idea and a “childish protest” against all businesses having to publish a privacy policy on their website, despite the fact that few people read them.

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Accolade eye up sale of assets

Australia's second largest producer looks to sell off assets to return to profitability
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Australia's second largest producer looks to sell off assets to return to profitability.

Accolade Wines own Hardys, Banrock, Petaluma & Echo Falls brands among others and is looking to sell some of its assets to fellow drinks giant Pernod Ricard. According to the Australian Financial Review’s Street Talk, Accolade Wines is looking to raise up to AU $500 million and are in talks with Pernod Ricard who own Jameson's Irish Whiskey, Campo Viejo Rioja and Jacobs Creek.

The need to raise funds was caused by Accolade's difficulty in adapting to Chinese tariffs and their oversupply of grapes from contracted growers in Riverland. In February, Accolade was taken over by a consortium of investors led by US-based management consulting company Bain & Co. Bain is now the largest stakeholder in Accolade after agreeing to buy the company’s debt and take control.

The possible asset sales are running parallel to ongoing discussions for asset sales to Australian Vintage, owner of McGuigan Wines & Tempus Two.
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OIV announces world's biggest wine producers for 2023

OIV announces world's biggest wine producers and drinkers in 2023
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OIV announces world's biggest wine producers and drinkers in 2023

The world's largest producer of wine changes each year with Italy winning the last 5 years, but in 2023 France pipped Italy to the post by producing 45.8 mhl to Italy’s 43.9 mhl.

World wine production was down by 7% compared to the already below average 2022. 2023 was the lowest world wine production since 2000.

The top ten producers in 2023
France 45.8
Italy 43.9
Spain 30.7
USA 22.4
Chile 10.0
Australia 9.9
South Africa 9.3
Germany 9.0
Argentina 8.8
Portugal 7.4

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