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Beaujolais Nouveau day on Thursday 16th November

Beaujolais Nouveau is the light fruity wine that is the first wine released in any vintage, with the 2017 vintage now available.
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This Thursday 16th November was Beaujolais Nouveau day. Beaujolais Nouveau is the light fruity wine that is the first wine released in any vintage. It cannot be sold before the third Thursday in November, which in 2017 fell on the 16th November.

While often thin and full of bubble gum flavours, the wines have gone from boom to bust, as Beaujolais' reputation developed from what is a very simple style of wine. However the rise and awareness of some of Beaujolais' more serious wines from their Cru vineyards has given them greater respectability.

The time is right for you to enjoy both some very good Cru wines, and to indulge in the lighter side of wine with Beaujolais Nouveau...

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Evidence of wine making in Georgia 8,000 years ago

Georgia’s claim to be the birthplace of wine has been reinforced.
Recent evidence puts the earliest traces of wine at 8,000 years old and coming from Georgia.
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Georgia’s claim to be the birthplace of wine has been reinforced.
Recent evidence puts the earliest traces of wine at 8,000 years old and coming from Georgia.

Gerogia is often considered the home of wines, and has some very old wine making techniques that are finding new friends especially in the Natural wine movement.

Its credentials as one of the oldest wine regions was strengthened this week when a team, led by professor Patrick McGovern, collected and analysed organic compounds found on ancient pottery shards in Georgia.

Their results, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in the US, ‘provide the earliest biomolecular archaeological evidence for grape wine and viniculture from the Near East, at ca. 6,000–5,800 BC’.

The wine residual proves that wine was being made in Neolithic period and drunk from pottery. This is not definitive proof that Georgia is the home of wine. Georgia did not exist in Neolithic period and wine making was likely to be spread over a region including Iran and Turkey. But Patrick is hoping to be able to explore less well-researched areas such as Iran and Turkey in the future, to identify where the first domestication of the vine took place.

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The UK Supreme Court has ruled that Scotland can set a minimum price for alcohol

On Wednesday the UK Supreme Court ruled that the Scottish minimum alcohol pricing legislation created by Scotland did not break European law.
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On Wednesday the UK Supreme Court ruled that the Scottish minimum alcohol pricing legislation created by Scotland did not break European law paving the way for minimum prices to be introduced in 2018.

We reported that a couple of weeks ago that Wales was joining Scotland to pass minimum price for alcohol, but that the Scottish legislation was had been held up in court for years, as the Scottish Whisky Association fought the law, claiming it was in breach of European law.
The ruling will see the Scotland introduce a minimum price for alcohol. It is thought that the initial minimum price will be at 50p per unit of alcohol. To put this into context, a bottle of 12% abv wine has 9 units setting a minimum price of £4.50 for a 750ml bottle.

The move follows on from other legislation that stopped multi-purchase discounted offerings in Scotland a number of years ago.

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Prosecco Bar to open in London

Prosecco House will be London’s first bar selling only Prosecco.
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London is to get its first bar selling only Prosecco. The Prosecco House is located by Tower Bridge and will only sell Prosecco and Prosecco based cocktails.

The move is another step on the rise of fizz in the city, with dedicated champagne bars and Bubble Dogs that match Champagne with hot dogs, London is going all out on the fizzy stuff.

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Single bottle of wine sells at Charity Auction for $350,000

Most expensive bottle ever was sold at Carnivale du Vin, US chef Emeril Lagasse’s annual charity wine auction, on 4 November in New Orleans for US $350,000.
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A single bottle of wine was sold at Carnivale du Vin, the American chef Emeril Lagasse’s annual charity wine auction, on 4 November in New Orleans for US $350,000.(£266,700) making it the most expensive 750ml bottle of wine ever sold.

The wine is The Setting Wines Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 and was made by winemaker Jesse Katz. A group of wine collectors clubbed together to buy the wine.

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St Emilion going enviro-mental

St Emilion Appellation and its satellites have decided that all producers from the 2019 vintage onwards must be environmentally friendly to use the St Emilion Appellation.
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St Emilion Appellation and its satellites have decided that all producers from the 2019 vintage onwards must be environmentally friendly to use the St Emillion Appelation.

The new rules, which where reported in the Washington Post, will require all St Emilion Appellation wines to be either Sustainable Viticulture, Organic or Biodynamic by 2019. Those that have not achieved any these three certifications will still be able to use the appellation if they are in the process of being certified. All wineries in the appellations of St. Emilion, St. Emilion Grand Cru, Lussac St. Emilion and Puisseguin St. Emilion will be required to be certified. Wineries that are not certified, and are not in the process of certification, will only be able to use the less-prestigious Bordeaux appellation.

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