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Alex Ferguson's £3 million wine collection to go on sale

Legendary former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is to auction off part of his wine collection worth an estimated £3 million ($5 million, 3.6 million euros), Christie's announced on Wednesday. The collection of around 5,000 bottles contains many fine and rare wines including Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Burgundies and Finest First Growth Bordeaux ranging from the 1986 to 2011 vintages. Domaine de la Romanee-Conti is currently hot property, according to Christie's.

UK offers first postgraduate course in winemaking

A university in southern England announced on Monday it was to offer a postgraduate course in viticulture and oenology, capitalising on the country's booming sparkling-wine industry. The University of Brighton is offering budding vintners the chance to study for an MSc from September, and hopes to compete with similar courses in France and the United States. "This postgraduate program is the first created in the UK," said Chris Foss, head of the Wine Department at Plumpton College -- the University of Brighton affiliate hosting the course.

Spain's wine surplus spills across planet

In their fields of vines in deepest Spain, the winemakers at the Jesus del Perdon cooperative smiled last August: the blend of rain and sun promised a bumper grape crop. They didn't expect just how big. It vaulted Spain to the world's biggest wine producer, forcing its vintners to compete abroad in a tough market to sell off the surplus. Spain overall produced 50 million hectolitres (6.7 billion bottles) of wine in 2013, a 41 percent surge from 2012, the Spanish agriculture ministry says.

Chinese tycoon's body identified after French chopper crash

French police said Wednesday a body found near a river in France's wine-growing Bordeaux region has been identified as Chinese tycoon Lam Kok whose helicopter crashed as he flew over a newly-acquired wine estate. The body was found on February 14 near the accident site, almost two months after the chopper plunged into the Dordogne river. "The body was formally identified after DNA tests to be that of Lam Kok," said colonel Ghislain Rety, who heads the gendarmerie in the Gironde, where the vineyard is located.

New wave of bold organic winemakers is challenging Chile's industrial vineyard giants

MAULE VALLEY, Chile - Sven Bruchfeld doesn't mind if you don't like his wine, as long as some people love it. He's part of a bold new wave of independent vintners who are challenging Chile's reputation for producing oceans of agreeable but predictable wines. Their quirky, small-batch harvests are capturing the attention of wine connoisseurs at home and abroad.

Calif. wine-grape growers celebrate bumper crop; should mean consumers find bargain bottles

MODESTO, Calif. - California agriculture officials reported good news for wine lovers and vineyard operators alike: a record harvest of wine grapes. Growers in the nation's premier wine region brought in a bumper crop last year, thanks to expanded acreage and overall favourable weather. Wine brokers told The Modesto Bee (http://bit.ly/1f0YxmG) that two back-to-back years of large harvests will mean wine aficionados should find plenty of bargain bottles on grocery store shelves.

Millennials, sparklers drive up Italian wine sales in U.S.

By Leslie Gevirtz NEW YORK (Reuters) - Americans are drinking more Italian wines than Italians themselves, owing to the popularity of sparkling wines from the southern European country and millennials. Italian varieties are the top imported wine in the United States, which is the world's largest consumer market, according the Italian Wine and Food Institute.

Napa Valley wine grape growers say extended drought will yield smaller 2014 crop

NAPA, Calif. - With California in the grips of severe drought, Napa Valley wine grape growers on Tuesday said some vines are ripening early and that farmers are planning fewer crops to save water. Vineyard owners are pruning earlier than usual and on a shorter schedule, Domenick Bianco of Renteria Vineyard Management said. If the Valley does not see late winter or spring rains, 2014 will yield a smaller crop. "Water amount determines yield. If you use 80 per cent less water than last year, you could see 80 per cent of the crop," Bianco said.

Napa Valley wine grape growers say extended drought will yield smaller 2014 crop

NAPA, Calif. - With California in the grips of severe drought, Napa Valley wine grape growers on Tuesday said some vines are ripening early and that farmers are planning fewer crops to save water. Vineyard owners are pruning earlier than usual and on a shorter schedule, Domenick Bianco of Renteria Vineyard Management said. If the Valley does not see late winter or spring rains, 2014 will yield a smaller crop. "Water amount determines yield. If you use 80 per cent less water than last year, you could see 80 per cent of the crop," Bianco said.

Chinese become world's top tipplers of 'lucky' red wine

LONDON (Reuters) - China has overtaken France and Italy to become the world's number one consumer of red wine, although the United States remains the world's biggest tippler of all types of wines, the wine and spirits trade association VINEXPO said on Tuesday. China drank 1.865 billion bottles of red wine last year, or in trade terms 155 million nine-liter cases, contributing to a 136 percent increase in consumption over five years.
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