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In March the Chancellor increased wine duty by 3.9%, which added 8p to a bottle of still wine and 10p to sparkling.

Major English and Welsh wine producers have joined forces with the Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) to lobby the Chancellor for a cut to wine duty in the November Budget.

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Sam Linter of Bolney Wine Estate complains that they produce some of the best wine in the world but are heavily taxed. Photo Credit: Glyn Kirk

English vineyards are being held back from rivalling those in New Zealand by withering government tax rises, wine producers say.

The wine industry in England and Wales is demanding that the chancellor scrap planned increases in duty in the forthcoming budget.

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French magazine L’Express wailed that if it was bad enough Sweden had been shown to have the finer palates, in an “ultimate affront”, the “Tricolores” had finished behind the UK as well.

A team of French professionals suffered the “ultimate affront” of finishing in 11th place in a wine tasting competition, well behind the UK team, while a plucky Zimbabwean team forced Italy into an ignominious last place.

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“Seventy percent of wine sales are reported as coming from impulse sales. This will not happen with take-out and prepared meals"

While food delivery apps like the San Francisco-based TryCaviar have long been delivering wine on their own and in tandem with other apps, a major Texas chain has upped the ante.

As of this holiday season major chain restaurant TGI Fridays is piloting an alcoholic beverage delivery program in parts of Texas.

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Rhône 2017 set to produce smaller quantity but high quality, say producers. Photo Credit: Malcolm Park Food and Drink

It's been one of the earliest harvests on record in the Rhône and quality is generally being reported as excellent, but there's simply not enough grapes in several appellations and this could mean price rises for some wines.

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Just 800 bottles of the wine have been produced.

Urban winery Renegade London has begun the pre-sale for its new English sparkling wine, a blanc de noirs costing £100 a bottle and which is being aged in a church crypt.

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The Liv-ex 50 index broke the 350 mark last week, closing on Thursday at 350.23.

A busy week on the exchange for Bordeaux’s red wines helped to push the weekly traded value level to a three-and-a-half-month high.

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Prosecco prices continue to fall, with figures from IRI putting the average bottle price in 2017 at 22p lower than last year.

The UK media last week widely reported that the average price for a bottle of Prosecco has fallen a further 23p over past year as competition drives down prices.

But reports directly from the region suggest that a major turn around could be in store as a depleted harvest and other factors could begin to reverse the bargain price situation.

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Vino Vessel has re-vamped and given their website a complete overhaul with the help of Access Publishing.

Paso Robles, CA (PRWEB) August 12, 2017

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Wine Displays Inc. a global leader in premium wine storage solutions began taking orders today for L-type Series 2, the first significant breakthrough in 'label out' wine storage since the concept was first pioneered in Austria, over a generation ago.

SAN FRANCISCO and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- STACT

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A tractor approaches the harvesting machine at Waterbrook's estate vineyard in the Yakima Valley of Washington State. Photo Credit: Ronald Holden

David Minick, the vice president for vineyards at Precept Wines, explains why he invested in three half-million-dollar mechanical harvesters. "They pay for themselves," he says.

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Chimney Rock Winery, located on the Silverado Trail in Napa, escaped damage and yesterday posted a photo to thank those who continue to support the relief effort.

As wildfires continue to burn throughout northern California, the forecast of rain later this week has offered hope of relief to those that have seen their wineries and homes destroyed.

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