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Banyuls, near France's border with Spain, is best known for its rich red dessert wines, often called the wine world's best-kept secret. Photo: Raymond Roig, AFP

French winemakers and wine lovers are up in arms after a Japanese couple who earned rave reviews for their very first vintage have been threatened with deportation.

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From left to right: Penny Streeter OBE, Johann Fourie and Gerhard Perold.

Members of the wine trade and press gathered at Leonardslee Gardens in West Sussex for the planting of the first Pinotage vineyard in the UK yesterday, a nod to owner Penny Streeter OBE and the Benguela Collection’s South African connections.

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In the US, these cellar ‘starter packs’ range from a simple introductory cellar costing US$5,000 to a collection costing US$25,000.

Sotheby’s Retail has introduced a new ‘Instant Cellars’ concept, giving customers in the US and Hong Kong the chance to buy wine collections for drinking, cellaring and investment.

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Bâtonnage, a daylong forum that aims to open the conversation about all women in wine, from winemakers to vineyard workers. Photo: Benedicte Manière

The restaurant industry has been shaken this year with the exposure of bad behavior by many powerful men, from Batali to Friedman. Conversations about how to improve conditions for women are building momentum, and now the wine industry is taking the opportunity to address issues experienced by its female members.

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The experience reminded me how much pleasure I get from an unexpected wine discovery, and how many surprises New Zealand always seems to deliver.

‘The speed of change in New Zealand wine leaves me breathless,’ writes Elin McCoy after visiting the country for tastings earlier this year.

Just before the annual Central Otago Pinot Noir festival in January, I was dutifully working my way through an Air New Zealand tasting in a boring hotel conference room in Queenstown, when I was bowled over by a sparkling wine I’d never heard of before.

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Vines and Vineyard near Topsham Devon England UK. Photo: petert2

We have grown used to sparkling wines from England winning awards, but there are plenty of others to celebrate, too. Here are three of the best:

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Gill with a completed Vinwizard control unit that is ready to be shipped to a winery. Photo: Scott Hammond

If a tank had a brain, what would it think about? These wine tanks may not be that advanced, yet, but 'giving tanks a brain' is something that wineries around the world pay this small Renwick company to do.

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Sofia Pescarmona and her family. Photo: Bodega Lagarde

Over the last two decades, Argentina’s wines have emerged onto the global stage, earning both critical relevance and commercial success. As with any industry that continues to grow, more and more questions have arisen not just about what the product is, but how it’s made.

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E. & J. Gallo Winery Receives 2018 Vinitaly International Award.

MODESTO, Calif., April 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- E. & J. Gallo Winery is proud to announce that they are the 2018 recipient of the Vinitaly International Award.

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Vintage Wine Estates Marks Women's History Month with Promotions of Erin Luby and Kimberly Benson

SANTA ROSA, Calif.March 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/

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Last year, major wine producing countries in Europe including France, Italy and Spain had experienced different climate challenges including hail and frost.

France has introduced a new rule that will allow wineries to increase the amount of stock they’re allowed to hold back by up to 20%, following recent weather events that adversely affected wine production in the country.

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Wine producers in Italy, Spain and France were ravaged by both hot and cold weather in 2017. Photo: Simon Whitehurst

Global production slumps to lowest level since 1961 as major growers hit by freakish weather.

It’s the kind of bad news best served with a stiff drink: the price of standard supermarket wines such as prosecco and pinot grigio could rise by up to 30% this year as the impact of 2017’s disastrous harvest is felt on the high street.

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