Tag: winemaking

Hopes are riding on an alcohol duty freeze in next week’s budget

On 27 October, Chancellor Rishi Sunak will deliver his Budget and Spending Review to the House of Commons as he seeks to rebalance the books after borrowing billions in order to protect the economy during the Covid pandemic.  However, there is concern that the Chancellor – who is teetotal – will raise alcohol duty in his upcoming ...

The Judgement of Paris: The contest that put California on the wine map

45 years ago – on 24 May 1976 – wine history was made. A high-powered panel of nine French wine experts took their seats at a blind wine tasting in Paris where some of France’s finest wines, from the hallowed cellars of Bordeaux and Burgundy, were pitted against relatively unknown Californian offerings.  What followed has since become ...

Saving South African Wines from a Lockdown Hangover

The South African wine industry finally breathed a sigh of relief at midnight on 17 August when the Federal government scrapped a ban on domestic alcohol sales.  The ban had been in place, apart from a six week relaxation in June and July, since the end of March.  In response to the Covid-19 crisis, South Africa imposed one of the ...
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