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Proposal to grant Rioja Alavesa wineries greater autonomy withdrawn

Last week, Basque National Party (PNV) spokesperson Aitor Esteban announced the withdrawal of a bill that, if passed, would have granted Basque winemakers of the Rioja Alavesa region greater autonomy. A proposal to establish a breakout Viñedos de Álava DO for Rioja’s Basque enclave was originally launched in 2016 by the Association of Rioja Alavesa Producers (ABRA), which represents over 100 local wineries. While a number of Basque producers continue to battle for the creation of an entirely sep ...

Rare Napa Cabernet sells for $1m at US charity auction

A six-litre bottle of The Setting Wines’ ‘Glass Slipper Vineyard’ Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 fetched $1m during the Carnivale du Vin auction and gala dinner held during the Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s annual fundraising weekend this month. The sale makes the 100% Cabernet Sauvignon one of the most expensive wines ever sold at auction. ‘We are humbled to be able to offer $1 million to the Emeril Lagasse Foundation and its efforts to support youth,’ said Don Steiner, who bought the six-litre Nap ...

International Beaujolais Nouveau Day

Although Cru Beaujolais has been having its moment in the sun for a few years now, its younger, lighter-bodied ‘nouveau’ cousin is coming back into its own. How Beaujolais Nouveau Day started The tradition of Beaujolais Nouveau dates back to the 1800s. Winemakers would bottle their just-fermented wine, produced from grapes harvested just a few months prior, an unusually tight timeframe in winemaking terms. This occasion called for a massive celebration among Beaujolais-based vigneron ...