Grapes of wrath: Beaujolais wine contest cancelled

The annual Beaujolais contest, the showcase for more than 1,000 French winegrowers, has been cancelled after producers of the region’s most prestigious wines decided to break away from the organisation which also promotes the mass-market Beaujolais Nouveau.  Continue reading…

Bumper French wine crop clouded by threat of wood decay

The French grape harvest has produced a bumper crop for 2014 after two years of adverse weather conditions. But the smiles could be wiped off winegrowers’ faces if wood decay disease, which now affects 12 per cent of vines in all of France’s wine-growing regions, continues its relentless march across the country. Continue reading…