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Product Launch – UK: Les Domaines Paul Mas' Estate Single Vineyard Collection

25 November 2009

Les Domaines Paul Mas' Estate Single Vineyard Collection

The Losh Cause - Small the next big thing in wine?

4 August 2009

As the economic downturn supposedly slows down, could one upshot of these troubled times be an upturn in popularity for the smaller players, when it comes to wine? Chris Losh thinks the little guys are coming back with a vengeance.

FRANCE: Les Domaines Paul Mas adds to Arrogant Frog in UK

28 July 2009

Southern French wine producer Les Domaines Paul Mas has launched two brand extensions to its portfolio in the UK.

just-drinks LIWF & Distil 2009 - Diary - 8 May

8 May 2009

Coming up at this year's London International Wine & Spirits Fair…

just-drinks LIWF & Distil 2008 - Diary - 12 May

12 May 2008

Coming up at this year's London International Wine & Spirits Fair: a seminar on Southwest France, wines from the Languedoc and products from Montilla PX. Read on for more.

UK: New Vin de Pays range from Mau

10 July 2007

A new Vin de Pays range from Bordeaux négociant Yvon Mau has been launched in the UK under the brand name Maison Mau by the company’s distributor Freixenet (DWS) Ltd.

FRANCE: Table wine body names president

4 April 2007

The new president of the French table wine association Anivit (L'Association nationale interprofessionnelle des vins de tables et vins de pays) has been named as negociant Noel Bougrier.

US: Fetzer brings Languedoc wine to US

21 February 2007

Fetzer Vineyards has lined up a new French wine offering for the US.

FRANCE: National Vin de Pays category formed

18 January 2007

A national category for French wines that for the first time will allow for the mixing of mid-range Vins de Pays from different areas has been finalised.

FRANCE: Burgundy house unveils Vin de Pays for UK

15 August 2006

Burgundy house Patriarche Père et Fils is launching a new range of Vin de Pays wines in the UK.

The Losh Cause – Bold reform on the way… at last

3 July 2006

Long-awaited draft proposals for EU wine reform get tough on sub-standard growers while freeing market-aware producers from regulatory fetters that have stifled innovation for too long. Chris Losh hopes the measures are adopted swiftly rather than becoming bogged down in Brussels bureaucracy and politicking.

FRANCE: Wine co’s push for Vin de Pays France

11 November 2005

French wine producers and traders are for once showing a united front in urging the Government to back a project creating a new appellation of wine: “Vin de Pays de France.”

Just the Answer - Christian Delpeuch

1 November 2005

In this month's Just the Answer, Christian Delpeuch, president of the CIVB (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux), discusses how Bordeaux is tackling over-production and innovating to compete more effectively in today's wine market, notably with the development a completely new regional wine, Vin de Pays de L'Aquitaine.

US: North Lake becomes US importer for Rothschild

3 October 2005

North Lake Wines, part of Constellation Wines US, and the French wine company Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA have announced the appointment of North Lake Wines as the exclusive importer of Mouton Cadet and several other Baron Philippe de Rothschild wines in the US.

FRANCE: 2005 wine harvest forecast announced

20 July 2005

The French wine harvest this year is forecast to come in below last year’s production, according to industry estimates.

Languedoc braced for more angry protests

5 July 2005

French farmers have always been a militant group but the grave difficulties facing wine producers have prompted an escalation in the level of disruption and violence which demonstrating growers have been prepared to go to. Stuart Todd reports on the unfolding story in the Languedoc region of southern France and the prospect of further unrest to come.

FRANCE: Languedoc winery hit by bomb blast

14 March 2005

A bomb blast has damaged a winery in the Languedoc region of France, according to Decanter.

Distilling down the problem

1 February 2005

Last week, French wine producers called for a "crisis distillation" but it was the fact that the distillation would include wines bearing the prime French wine classification, the AOC, which captured media attention. Ben Cooper spoke with Roland Feredj, director of the Bordeaux wine producers' association, the CIVB, about the problems facing France's premier wine regions.

FRANCE: Wine co-ops seek minimum price deal

20 October 2004

France's wine co-operatives are seeking to negotiate a deal with brokers and traders guaranteeing a minimum price paid to producers.

French wines in crisis

3 August 2004

A catalogue of woes currently besets the French wine industry. While over-production and falling prices are the headline causes, Stuart Todd asserts that the problems go deeper and suggests French wine producers still remain unprepared to opt for tough radical solutions.

FRANCE: Government reacts to wine crisis

22 July 2004

Following crisis talks in Paris on Wednesday with France’s Agriculture minister, Hervé Gaymard, Bordeaux and Beaujolais producers will now be able to add the name of the vine to vin de pays labels.

FRANCE: Wine revival plan close to the crush

9 June 2003

The scheme that was going to give the beleaguered French wine industry the chance to compete on a level playing field with the New World has been seriously stalled after objections to the French government. And many now believe it will be vetoed altogether. Under the scheme, provisionally titled Vins de Cépage de France, producers would have had the opportunity to produce varietal wine by blending grapes from across the country. At present, such a practice can only be used for the lowly Vins de Table, but the new wines would have carried a classification similar to Vin de Pays. This would have allowed them to carry both the vintage and the grape varietal on the label - factors on which the New World has built its success.

COMMENT: Wine industry faces up to radical change

23 January 2003

The wine industry, which has remained immune from many of the pressures of the modern era for a long time, is now undergoing radical change, according to beverage industry analyst Canadean.

French appellation system faces winds of change

12 March 2002

In a fast changing and market driven environment, the French AOC system is seen by many as the root cause behind the country’s declining hold on world wine market share. So when the president of the INAO visited London to defend the system and outline his solutions Ben Cooper jumped at the chance to attend.

Taking the grape global

5 March 2002

In the second look at the issues thrown up by last month’s Wine evolution conference in London, Chris Brook-Carter discusses the industry’s chances of creating a truly global wine brand. Should attempts be abandoned for a more localised approach?

Languedoc and the foreign invasion

19 July 2001

After the debacle that followed the failed attempts of Mondavi to secure vineyards for itself in the Languedoc, Andrew Jefford discusses the potential for foreign wine companies in one of the fastest growing regions in the world. Is the Battle of Aniane a cautionary tale or a fait divers?

FRANCE: $1m of damage as French winegrowers riot over prices

26 March 2001

Rioting winegrowers in the French region of Languedoc-Roussillon have caused over $1m of damage and five policemen have ended up in hospital, in demonstrations over the falling price of French wine. Over 8,000 growers converged on the French town of Nimes to protest at a drop of 30% in the price of Vin de Pays (VDP) and Vin de table (VDT) wines. A previous demonstration in December had gone peacefully but after a number of rousing speeches last week, the rioting began.

EC: EC surprise block on Cognac conversion to vin de pays

27 September 2000

The European Commission has blocked a scheme introduced by France to assist Cognac producers to switch production to table wine, despite Brussels' enthusiasm for persuading Cognac houses to reduce their production.A Commission statement said that the planned increase in output of "vin de pays" was counter to the principle behind the new common organisation of the EU wine market which is largely aimed at curbing new production.The French government proposed the plan last year in an effort to deal with the crisis in the Cognac industry, which has led to a substantial surplus of unsold stocks, a problem that has led the Commission to raise concerns about the payment EU grants to the industry.In this case, however, Brussels said that wine produced after the conversion of vineyards would enter the normal market in wine, whereas present Cognac production by definition went to a different market."Consequently, the generalised conversion of these vineyards would very likely simply shift the Cognac problem into other markets," the Commission said.Also, any conversion scheme should, under the terms of the new wine market organisation, be accompanied by a substantial reduction in production area and yields. Brussels said only measures adopted within the rules of the Common Agricultural Policy, and more precisely the common market organisation in wine, were likely to ensure that the overall interests of operators in this market throughout the EU were taken into account.Alan Osborn

just-drinks.com interview: Eric Dulong and Bordeaux's mission impossible

21 July 2000

Eric Dulong, the new president of Bordeaux's administrative and marketing body, the Conseil Interprofessional du Vin de Bordeaux (CIVB), cuts a refreshing figure among the stuffy image of Bordeaux wine. Outspoken, direct, open minded and approachable, he may be the man to get the results Bordeaux desperately needs.

Bordeaux : A Downstream Struggle

15 May 2000

Bordeaux has had its fair share of criticism over the past year, with quality and price the burning issues. In an overview of the region, Chris Brook-Carter assesses whether the lesser wines can keep up with the premium market and repel the continuing New World attack.

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