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02 June 2015
Marlborough 2015 harvest worsens Sauvignon Blanc 'squeeze'

The reduced 2015 crop in New Zealand has exacerbated the on-going squeeze of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc grapes, says Cloudy Bay Estate Director Ian Morden.

‘The Wairau valley is changing and Marlborough is not infinite. So it’s more important than ever for us to secure good grapes because there are only certain places that are suited to our classic cool climate style such as Renwick, Fairhall, Brancott and Rapaura,’ he told in London.

Following on from last year’s bumper crop, Morden explained that 2015 will be more like 2012 in terms of volume. ‘In general, New Zealand is 20–30% down. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing because the quality is there. I think you’ll find more palate weight and slightly lower aromatics on our Sauvignon Blanc than in 2014. I do expect the quality to drive value in the premium sector.’

Cloudy Bay owns 50% of its Sauvignon grape supply having bought a number of vineyards in Marlborough over the last three decades. But now it is becoming tougher and more expensive to acquire suitable sites. ‘So we also rely on strong relationships with growers, added Morden. ‘Some growers have been with us since the very beginning.’
‘The squeeze on Sauvignon fruit has meant that prices have risen by 30% over the last five years,’ added Morden who joined Cloudy Bay in 2008. ‘Plus we also pay a premium for top quality low yield fruit to get good concentration and balance.

‘These are exciting times for Cloudy Bay and not just because we are celebrating our 30th anniversary this year. We continue to develop new markets and cross into a new generation of wine drinkers. The UK remains very important to us and Asia is developing well. But now the US is our biggest Sauvignon Blanc market.’
According to Morden, Sauvignon Blanc is still ‘the engine room at Cloudy Bay'. And he admits that Cloudy Bay’s Sauvignon Blanc production has increased over the same period. ‘Yes, we have grown but we don’t discuss volumes,’ he pointed out.

The focus on its core offering of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir also remains firmly in place under LVMH’s Chateaux & Estates supremo Jean-Guillaume Prats. As a result, varietals like Gewurtztraminer, Riesling and Pinot Gris have been discontinued.
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29 May 2015
Stephan von Neipperg invests in South African property

Baron Stephan von Neipperg, owner of classified Saint Emilion estates Château Canon la Gaffelière and La Mondotte, has taken a stake in Capaia Wines in New Philadelphia near Durbanville, South Africa.

The 58 hectare property has been owned by Baroness Ingrid von Essen and her husband Baron Alexander since 1997, with vines planted since 2001.

‘I first visited South Africa in 1995,’ von Neipperg told, ‘and have followed this estate closely for some time. The terroir is exceptional, with schist on steep hillsides, and the young vines are gaining in complexity with every year. But there are plenty of things still to do, from refocusing the planting in the vineyard to helping with the marketing and commercial strategy, making this a fascinating challenge’.

Neipperg confirmed that he expects to visit Capaia four or five times per year, and that the estates’ technical teams will regularly exchange information and spend time between South Africaand Saint Emilion. ‘We will start this September, with my cellar master and vineyard manager heading over to South Africa with me,’ said von Neipperg, ‘to help with the harvest. The intention is to ensure a long-term exchange.’

The von Essens were defrauded in 2011 of significant sums of money by their general manager Francois Austin. In a high profile trial held in Bellville Commercial Crimes Court in Cape Town, Austin pleaded guilty to 132 counts of fraud worth 17 million rand (close to £1 million), although at least 3 million rand was subsequently recovered.

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27 May 2015
Course «Wines of Italy»

East European Sommeliers and Experts Association and Aсademy of sommelier Mozart Wine House continue their educational process during the evening course «Wines of Italy».

Course «Wines of Italy»

The course is a detailed overview of principal wine-making regions of Italy and makes part of evening course for wine-lovers and connoisseurs, who are interested in getting new information about wine-making of Italy as well as in systematizing of existing data. It is a great chance to know more about history and culture of the country and to enrich your tasting experience.

Evening courses are previewed for working people of students who can meet with interesting people and spend free time with use and pleasure.

Attested students will get an accredited certificate of the Academy of Sommelier Mozart Wine House.

You are welcome for our next day and evening courses! For detailed information see:

27 May 2015
Champagne council launches e-learning programme

The initiative is designed to spearhead the new digital education package being developed by the Comité Champagne, and is available on PC, Mac, smartphone and tablet at

The site asks users a series of questions about Champagne to gauge their level of knowledge and guide them towards one of three training pathways: for novices, enthusiasts or lovers.

The programme then explores a number of areas, including the winegrowing area, the vines, the winemaking process, tasting and history, using diagrams, films, photographs, activities and computer graphics.

Available in French, English and Chinese, Champagne Campus is aimed at the general public, Champagne enthusiasts and trainers.

‘Research we conducted clearly shows that consumers, especially younger ones, want to know more about Champagne and its unique point of origin in the Champagne region,’ said Françoise Peretti, director of the Champagne Bureau UK. ‘It’s with them specifically in mind that we’ve designed e-learning tools that are plainly the way to reach them.’

Champagne Campus will be followed by further consumer and trade initiatives to be launched later this year.

Also available is a Champagne Campus mobile app consisting of 150 questions on Champagne, available in the app store and on Google Play.

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25 May 2015
English wine newcomer bottles first wine

Rathfinny Estate in Sussex, one of the newest and biggest English wine producers, has bottled its first wines as it seeks to join in on a sales boom for the sector.

Vines at the recently opened Rathfinny Estate — an example of new investment going into the UK’s wine sector. Sussex-based Rathfinny began bottling its first wines on 18 May, around one year after opening its winery.

Around 6,000 bottles of still wine — a blend of Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay of Italian style — will be released this June under the Cradle Valley label, Rathfinny owner Mark Driver told He said a further 6,000 bottles of sparkling Blanc de Blancs will spend about three years on the lees and be released by the end of 2017 or in 2018.

The UK economy may continue to be fragile, but the country’s budding wine industry has appeared to go from strength to strength in the past 18 months, meaning many winemakers are entering this year’s English WineWeek in confident mood.

Retailer Waitrose said at the start of May that English and Welsh wine sales doubled in 2014. Trade body English Wine Producers previously that it believed overall retail sales for the sector could go close to £100m in 2015, up from an estimated £80m last year.

Later this year, Rathfinny expects to harvest between 50 and 80 tonnes of grapes to make up 60,000 bottles of sparkling wine for release in 2018, a third of which will be a sparkling rosé. About 72 ha of grapevines — mainly of the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier varieties — have been planted on Rathfinny Estate’s south facing slopes. It has total capacity of 243ha, making it the largest vineyard in the UK.

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24 April 2015
Japanese consumers turning to New World wines

Japanese wine drinkers are increasingly open to trying new styles and countries as the country’s wine market ‘comes of age’, according to a new report.

Chile has been a major beneficiary of this maturing trend in Japan, with the country’s wines more than tripling their share of the market over the past seven years and overtaking France late in 2014, says Rabobank in its latest wine quarterly report.

The Netherlands-based bank said many wine exporters had turned their backs on Japan when the market fell away 16 years ago, focusing instead on the potential of Hong Kong and Mainland China.

‘But in more recent years, the hype surrounding the China wine market boom has coincided with a significant, yet much less publicised, renewed interest in wine across the Sea of Japan,’ said Marc Soccio, report co-author and Rabobank senior wine analyst.

‘This has opened the way for New World producers, most notably Chile, to gain a foothold in the market.’

In particular, the ratification of the Japan-Chile Economic Partnership Agreement in 2007 had prompted cuts in import tariffs, with Chile’s share of wine import volumes moving from 7.5% in 2007 to more than 25% in late 2014, overtaking France.

Australian winemakers are also seeking a greater presence in Japan after the two countries implemented an economic partnership agreement earlier this year. The deal is set to eliminate Japanese import tariffs on Australian wine withing seven to 10 years.

Soccio said new generations of consumers, including female drinkers, were bringing a new perspective to wine, driving growth of premium sparkling wines.

Other New World countries and ‘less familiar’ Old World powers, such as Spain, are expected to benefit in future.

According to provisional figures from market research group IWSR, Japan ranked eighth in the list of wine importing countries, importing a total of just over 25m cases in 2014.

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22 April 2015
Champagne producers debate new disgorgement rule

A debate is underway in Champagne over whether there should be a mandatory resting period for wines following disgorgement, before bottles are released on the market.

Supporters of a minimum resting period following disgorgement believe the rule could increase the overall quality image of Champagne on the market. understands that a recent meeting saw 19 out of 20 chefs de caves vote in favour of introducing a minimum cellaring period for Champagnes after disgorgement, although no specific time period was agreed.

A spokesperson for the Comite Champagne, the regional trade body, told that the measure was one of several issues being discussed.
‘We do not have any deadline on this idea,’ said Comite Champagne spokesperson Thibaut Le Mailloux. ‘Such a project will [only] take place if an agreement is found among the growers and houses.’

Disgorgement, which is the removal of yeast cells after second fermentation and prior to dosage, already divides opinion in Champagne. Some producers, such as Bruno Paillard, print disgorgement dates on labels on the basis that a Champagne’s taste profile can alter significantly in the months after that point. Bollinger has its recently disgorged ‘RD’ label and Krug has begun printing ID codes on bottles to allow consumers to find disgorgement dates.

Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon, chef de cave and deputy managing director at Cristal owner ChampagneLouis Roederer, said a minimum cellaring rule ‘can only be beneficial for Champagne’.

He said, ‘Our experience here has always shown that a minimum three month, post-disgorgement period is very beneficial for the wine, allowing it to «recover» from the disgorgement process. It makes the wine more balanced and harmonious.’

He said Louis Roederer Brut Premier non-vintage is cellared for at least six months after disgorgement, with vintage Champagnes are held back for a minimum eight months.

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20 April 2015
WSET receives award from the Queen

The Wine and Spirit Education Trust has been given one of the UK’s highest business awards: The Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2015 in International Trade.

The Trust (WSET) was founded in 1969 as a training body for the UK wine trade, but has expanded rapidly overseas over the past decade, with more than 56,000 people worldwide sitting for a WSET qualification in the last academic year.

The proportion of non-UK candidates over the same timescale has more than doubled from 37% to over 75%, while overall candidate numbers have more than quadrupled, covering some 62 countries.

‘As a country with a historically low domestic production, the UK has always been one of the world’s largest importers of wine,’ said WSET chief executive Ian Harris.
‘This exposure to different styles and grape varieties has given the British a rich understanding of wines and spirits from all over the world — making us well-placed to be world leaders in the industry’s education.’

WSET candidate numbers in France have quadrupled since 2008, while numbers in Australia have increased eightfold over the same timescale — and Greater China is fast catching the UK to become the WSET’s number one market.

Queen’s Awards — of which there are about 140 this year — are made annually by HM The Queen for the highest levels of business excellence in the fields of International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable Development.

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18 March 2015
Alvaro Palacios named Decanter Man of the Year 2015

He has been credited with putting Spain on the fine wine map, transforming the fortunes of Priorat and Bierzo, and is now directing his focus on Rioja Baja, which is why Decanter has awarded Alvaro Palacios the Man of the Year title for 2015.

Alvaro Palacios follows on from the Rhone-based Perrin brothers, ofChateau Beaucastel, who won last year.

Now in its 31st year, the Decanter Man of the Year prize has been awarded to some of the wine world’s best-known figures, including Angelo Gaja,Robert Mondavi and the late Serge Hochar, who was the first to claim the award.

It is down to his extreme focus and quest for perfection that Palacios plays such a significant role in the Spanish wine scene, writes Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW in the newly released April issue of Decanter magazine — where the prize was announced. 'His pioneering nature helped to rescue bothPriorat and Bierzo from oblivion,' writes Ballesteros.

Born the seventh of nine children, Palacios was part of the fifth generation of his family in the wine business, his father having founded Bodegas Palacios Remondo in 1948. Whilst studying oenology at the University of Bordeaux, he had stints of working at both Petrus in Bordeaux and Stags Leap in California, where he said the attention to detail changed his vision of wine forever.

Palacios used his instinct in buying abandoned plots of land in which he spotted great potential, selling barrels in his spare time to make a living, and in 1993 bought the old-wine L’Ermita vineyard — which fetched top scores and impressive prices from that year.

After the success in Priorat, his nephew Ricardo encouraged him to turn his attention to the vines at Bierzo, where they set up business in 1999 and the wines gained international acclaim. Now Palacios is altering the viticultural landscape in his Rioja Baja vineyards, and creating a new, distinctive style — but the release date and price for the new wine is yet to be announced.

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16 March 2015
Smith Haut Lafitte owner creates Sauternes to mix with Perrier

The Cathiard family of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte is to launch a light Sauternes wine to be used in an aperitif drink with Perrier water, in a partnership with two as-yet-unnamed estates.

Sauternes 2013 wines ready for blind tasting during last year’s en primeur week. The new creation by the Cathiard family is unlikely to be something for traditionalists.
'SO Sauternes' has been described as a modern-style Sauternes made from young vines in a light style, and is aimed at being mixed with Perrier and ice.

In July 2014 the Cathiards bought the 52-hectare 1855 second growth estateChateau Bastor Lamontagne in a partnership with the Moulin family ofGaleries Lafayette group. They are minority shareholders but oversee all winemaking and estate management.

The drink is to be officially launched on 19 March, when the other two Sauternes properties will be named, but it is already causing controversy, with some French journalists questioning why it is necessary.

'Traditional Sauternes lovers are worried that this will cannibalise their core business,' Florence Cathiard told 'But in a world dominated by Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon, those who don’t disrupt existing models will have difficulty surviving.

'There will always be a place for the great Sauternes wines. This is simply an alternative for the younger generation, an aperitif that we hope will later lead them back to this wonderful appellation.'

Cocktails based on wine have been created in Bordeaux before, includingLillet and Lime Blanc. SO Sauternes is to be distributed only in France for the initial launch.

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14 March 2015
Priorat wine producers bid for World Heritage status

Catalan wine producers in Spain are pushing ahead with a bid to have Priorat recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The campaign, which has been endorsed by the government of Catalonia, aims to protect a landscape that has generated an economy based on wine and olive oil production and wine tourism.

Among the most vertiginous wine regions in Europe, Priorat is home to deep-rooted vines grown on the unusual llicorella slate soil near Tarragona. Producers want the region to be listed as a ‘mountainous, Mediterranean agricultural and cultural landscape’ by UNESCO.

Rachel Ritchie, liaison officer of Priorat wine council’s Espai Priorat event, said World Heritage status would help protect Priorat’s non-terraced hillside vineyards, known as ‘costers’.

'The introduction of terraces in Priorat has not worked as well as ‘costers’, so World Heritage status would protect traditional winemaking techniques,' said Ritchie on the sidelines of the Decanter Mediterranean Fine Wine Encounter in London over the weekend.

Producers claim UNESCO’s global reach would help raise awareness of the values of Priorat’s landscape and cultural heritage.

«We have work the land with the upmost respect for the environment," said campaigner Joan Asens, Oenologist at Orto Vins winery and former winemaker for Decanter Man of the Year Alvaro Palacios.

The campaign for Priorat follows the inclusion of the Alto Douro wine region in Portugal as a World Heritage Site in 2001. More recently, St Emilion in Bordeaux and Barolo vineyards in Piedmont have made the list.

The Priorat area is home to both Priorat and Montsant DO wine regions and an olive oil DO. Campaigners now have to present a final dossier to the Spanish government, which would then take responsibility for pushing Priorat’s case on the international stage.

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12 March 2015
New Zealand wine exports hit record in 2014

New Zealand’s wine exports hit a new high last year, rising 8.2 percent to NZ$1.37bn, according to the country’s wine marketing body.

Vineyards at Greystone Wines, which won the International Trophy for Pinot Noir priced above £15 at the 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards.

New Zealand Winegrowers said wine became the country’s sixth biggest export commodity last year, albeit still lagging traditional product sectors such as dairy products and meat.

The news comes as New Zealand’s 2015 grape harvest gets under way, with prospects so far looking good in quality terms — although it is set to be ‘significantly smaller’ than the record 2014 crop.

New Zealand Winegrowers' CEO, Philip Gregan, said ‘superb’ summer weather had enhanced the chances of a top quality harvest in 2015.
‘The warm, dry summer of 2015 has been absolutely perfect for growing and ripening grapes,’ he added.

‘As we move into autumn, the prospect is for an outstanding, albeit smaller, vintage in all our grape-growing regions.’

Crop levels are likely to be well down on 2014’s record harvest, when some 445,000 tonnes of grapes were picked, up 29% on the year before.

However, Gregan said sales in the year ahead would be supported by retained stocks from last year’s bumper vintage.

New Zealand’s wine exports have more than doubled in volume terms since 2008, with export value rising by more than 60% over the same timescale.

Australia, the US and the UK dominate export demand for the country’s wines — and for Sauvignon Blanc in particular — but markets such as the Netherlands and Germany have also grown strongly in the past few years.
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10 March 2015
Deutschland Sommelier Association at the Prowein 2015

A new stand, doubled in size with 130 square meters, over 50 winegrowers and a programme with 20 masterclasses for buyers and international journalists and everything «enriched» by seven master-vertical tastings.

This is what the DE.S.A. (Deutschland Sommerlier Association) offers at the ProWein 2015 at the Fair of Düsseldorf (Halle 15, Stand A41).

Fabio Contato’s Lugana, 1996–2012, presented by the winegrower itself, will inaugurate the tasting spectacle. The next one is Gavi dei Gavi ® «Etichetta Nera», La Scolca, 1989 — 2014, presented by Chiara Soldati and Alessandro Scorsone, Master of Sommelier and one of the most important and internationally rewarded Italian sommeliers. Last but not least the Brunello di Montalcino La Togata, from 1997 to 2004. Sofia Pepe and Chiara Lungarotti will be the main actresses of the second part of the master-vertical tastings: a selection of the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Doc «bio» Emidio Pepe and the Rubesco Riserva Vigna Monticchio di Lungarotti, 1997–2008. The sixth tasting will be dedicated to the winners of the 7th edition of the International Challenge Euposia, the biggest blind tasting for sparkling wines of Italy. With Bruno Paillard’s Champagne leading the way. The grand finale will be made by the Chianti Classico Riserva Fietri vertical tasting from 2009 to 2012.

Furthermore, new interpreted classics and emerging italian wine cellars and some rare and extraordinary products like the swedish icewine from the top chef Goran Amnegard, will be introduced. Among the masterclasses’ moderators there are: Dr. Jens Priewe, Frank Smulders MW, Sofia Biancolin, Ralf Kaiser, Boris Maskov and Veronica Crecelius.

The DE.S.A.-stand will be divided into two very different parts: the first one is an open space, where the masterclasses take place and the second one is an «Enoteca», the face-to-face-meeting area. Sommelier Gianni de Bellis, supervisor of this area, will assist all the guests, that want to taste the wines of the 50 exhibited Italian cellars.

A happy hour at the DE.S.A.-stand will conclude every evening in the best way. This will give visitors the opportunity to taste top quality products among the Italian sparkling wines, home-brewed beer, oysters, caviar and different, gastronomic specialities of the «Bel Paese» in a soft and relaxed atmosphere.

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21 November 2014
Mouton unveils Catalan artist label for 2012 vintage

Chateau Mouton Rothschild has revealed its 2012 vintage label created by Miquel Barcelo, the final artist commissioned by the late Baroness Philippine de Rothschild.

The label depicts two rams on their hind legs, matching each other’s strength, against a hazy watercolour background of greens and blues.

Mouton Rothschild has commissioned an artist to design its grand vin label for every vintage since 1945, and the 2012 label was the final creation personally commissioned by Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, who died in August this year.

Inspiration for its Bordeaux 2012 vintage label came from the two rams featured on the chateau’s own emblem, said Barcelo.

Born in Majorca in 1957, Miquel Barcelo has risen to prominence in the past two decades. His work was exhibited at the Paris Museum of Modern Art in 1996 and the city’s Louvre museum displayed his watercolours in 2004.

In 2008, he created and painted a dome roof worth an estimated €18m at the United Nations' Palace of Nations in Geneva.

Previous artists commissioned by Mouton Rothschild include Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol. French artist Guy de Rougemont designed the 2011 vintage label, released last year.


17 November 2014
Restaurant Pinot Noir invites you for French breakfast!

Delicious omelets, delicate cereal, pancakes, crepe-suzette, freshest creamy brioche and, of course, delicious French croissants are baked by our pastry chef every morning!

Restaurant Pinot Noir invites you for French breakfast!

Fresh pastries you can take with you at special price!

Also we offer you new salads by our chef: ranch salad with the tenderest pool and cherry tomatoes, warm salad of Atlantic octopus and spicy salad with shrimps!

Impossible to resist!

We welcome you to visit every day from 9.30 st. Pushkinskaya, 25, tel. +7 (863) 240-81-38.

17 November 2014
New arrivals in Mozart Wine House!

We are happy to inform you that wine bars Mozart Wine House received a new part of delicatessen: fine cheese Brie, aromatic Comte, spicy Murcia al vino, great Italian sausages, jamon of duck breast and much more.

New arrivals in Mozart Wine House!

Fresh, tasty, aromatic is the best pairing to noble drinks!

You will find a wide assortment of quality wines here: great wines of Bourdeaux, bright ones from Spain, aromatic Pinot Grigio, rounded Soave, rich Chianti, grand Barolo, delicious Brunello di Montalcino and many others… We invite you to choose tasty presents for loved ones, friends and colleagues!

You are welcome:
Pushkinskaya str., 112, tel.+7 (863) 299-92-09,
Bolshaya Sadovaya str, 130, tel.+7(863)263-13-90.

15 November 2014
Treasury Wine Estates to close historic Australian winery

Penfolds and Rosemount wines producer Treasury Wine Estates is to close the 130-year-old Ryecroft winery in McLaren Vale in order to cut costs.

Wine has been made at Ryecroft since the 1880s, but current owner Treasury said today (10 November) that it can no longer afford to run the winery. It will not produce wine from the 2015 harvest.

Treasury is seeking to reshape its business following a series of disappointing financial results, which culminated in a net loss of A$100.9m in its last fiscal year.

Ryecroft’s 33 employees were informed of the impending closure this morning, and the firm said it would try to relocate as many as possible within its business. It has nine other wineries and three bottling plants across Australia, according to its 2014 annual report.

‘Rosemount remains a valued brand within Treasury’s wine portfolio and will continue to be made at other South Australian wineries in the company’s network,’ said Taylor. Treasury still owns 900 hectares of vines in the Fleurieu Peninsula that includes McLaren Vale, south of Adelaide.


10 November 2014
Champagne growers brick up government building

More than a thousand Champagne grape growers this week joined with farmers for street protests against excessive tax that led to activists bricking up the entrance to a local government headquarters.

Farmers' unions across France had called for a day of protest on Wednsday (5 November) against excessive taxes and regulation in the agriculture sector.

French news agency Agence France Presse estimated that 1,500 grape growers took part in protests centred on Chalons-en-Champagne, with hundreds more farmers joining them — many on tractors.

Around 3,000 farmers and wine growers were expected at the protest, with 500 tractors, local agriculture union FDSEA said just before the march.

It published a schedule for the protest that allocated a three-hour slot between 2pm and 5pm for activists to brick-up the entrance to the prefecture building in Chalons, which houses the area’s government.

Images released by radio station France Bleu, which was at the scene, showed that protesters stuck to the plan. They hauled breeze blocks into town and duly built a makeshift wall in front of the door, even as union leaders prepared to meet the head of the local authority for talks.


30 October 2014
New Masters of Wine hail 'dream come true'

A further six students, including four women, have made it through the notoriously gruelling Master of Wine exams to earn their place in the wine world’s elite club.

The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW), has announced its newest members as Anne Krebiehl, Nastasha Hughes, Robin Kick, Louise Sydbeck, Rob MacCulloch and Nicholas Paris. There are now 319 MWs globally.

Of those, 96 are women and the IMW highlighted that women have constituted around 50% of new MWs over the past decade.


25 October 2014
The Anti-alcohol laws will be toughen in Russia

It seems hopes of easing the harsh rules of regulation of the alcohol market in our country that suddenly appeared after the spring meeting of the Russian government in Abrau Durso, not destined to come true. So far everything is exactly the opposite.

Two bills relating to tighten the rules of sale alcoholic drinks deputies can see at the beginning of the autumn session.

The first bill includes a ban on the sale and consumption of alcohol in all buildings of the government, the same federal and local, the newspaper «Komsomolskaya Pravda». Thus, from the cafes and buffets located in office buildings and service oriented deputies and officials, will disappear even beer.

According to the second draft is expected to ban the sale of alcohol in cafes, bars and restaurants located in apartment buildings. However, the system of regulation of such a ban is at the discretion of local authorities.

According to experts, this initiative will benefit first of all chain restaurants and cafe large retail chains.


15 July 2014
Experts evaluated white wines «Elbuzd»

The expert committee of the East European Sommeliers and Experts Association held a tasting of white wines of the first harvest of farm «Elbuzd».

There were the wines from Chardonnay, Riesling and Gewurztraminer on the professional tasting, produced on modern equipment winery «Tsymlyanskie vina».

The experts highly appreciated first vintage of the new farm located on the south of Rostov region. The experts noted tasting sample of Riesling particularly as balanced and harmonious one, with pronounced varietal characteristics.

Products of the winery «Elbuzd» will appear in the general sale next year. Yet now Rostov’s wine connoisseurs can buy a limited batch of wine from varieties of Gewurztraminer and Riesling of harvest 2013 at wine boutiques and bars of Mozart Wine House.

27 May 2014
Russia set to invest $1bln in Crimean wine

The Russian government is considering investing up to RUB30bn (US$1bn) to develop winemaking in the recently annexed Crimean Peninsula over the next several years.

The funding is set to be approved at a forthcoming meeting of the Russian government under the leadership of Russia’s Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, who has praised the quality of Crimean wine.

According to Medvedev, Crimea’s total vineyard area reaches 31,000 hectares and the region has perfect conditions for the development of winemaking.

At present, due to closure of the Ukrainian market to Crimean wine, the Russian government has ordered leading national retail chains to provide spaces for it on their shelves.


12 May 2014
Stefano Campedelli: «I have a little allergy to wine guides»

Stefano Campedelli, winemaker and the owner of Azienda Agricola Marion, held a presentation their farms and introduced lovers of noble drinks his products in academy of sommeliers Mozart Wine House.

Stefano Campedelli: «I have a little allergy to wine guides»

The small producers are doing higher quality wines than the producers of multimillion parties. Ones are positioning themselves as producers of perfect Amarone often. In fact little family farms are the real defenders of this wine. But ultimately the quality product makes small producers.

MWH: I want to talk with you about the production of wine. A large number of producers come to us at the Academy and many of them use principles of biodynamic in their production. Do you think that biodynamic is a fashion trend or the realities of the modern world? Are you using biodynamic?

SC:Here, in my opinion, the quality of wine must stand at the head. It must take the first priority.

Even a great biodynamic master Josko Gravner believes that important thing is the quality of products. No matter it is biodynamic or not. I use the minimum number of chemistry.

I do not think that production of wine by biodynamic process is so necessary.

We live in a polluted world and we need to understand its realities.

There are two groups of people. The first believe in the biodynamic, the second use it as a marketing ploy. I do not use biodynamic.

MWH: And the last, the traditional question. Please give some advice to students of our academy sommeliers who are just starting out in the world of winemaking

SC: You must to taste, to taste, to taste. I’m not a sommelier. I studied all on my experiences. But I can say that the theoretical knowledge that students receive in the classroom is very important. And in the future you need to taste, to compare wines from different regions, and so on. It’s like a person who is going to run a marathon; he must to train every day to win.

I want to mention your tasting class. I travel a lot and rarely have met so professionally equipped classes. So, your students are very lucky (smiles).

MWH: Stefano, thank you for a fascinating tale and tasting. We are pleased to welcome you in our academy of sommelier Mozart Wine House in the future!

12 May 2014
Gruppo Campari sold the Odessa factory of sparkling wines

The CEO of the Italian producer Gruppo Campari, Bob Kunze-Kontsevich, said recently that the company sold the Odessa factory of sparkling wines.

He noted that the company had decided to stop the production of drinks in this region in the autumn of 2013 and to do only supplies. The deal of selling of the Odessa factory was over in February. However it wasn,t announced who and how much paid for this factory.

Italian company bought the Odessa factory of sparkling wines by the «Overline» group for $ 18 million in 2008.


09 May 2014
The summer season opens!

Wine bars Mozart Wine House and French restaurant Pinot Noir invite you to the opening of the spring-summer season.

The summer season opens!

Now you can enjoy the warm rays of the spring sun, and of course, great food, fine wines and other noble drinks on the terraces of wine bars MozartWine House and restaurant Pinot Noir.

And for those who are afraid of the cool winds and changeable spring weather, we want to reassure — terraces are equipped with comfortable heaters, and to the most thermophilic we can offer cozy blankets.

Wine bar Mozart Wine House: Pushkinskaya Street, 112, tel.: +7 (863) 2999–209

Tapas-bar Mozart Wine House: Bolshaya Sadovaya Street, 130, tel.: +7 (863) 263-13-90

French restaurant Pinot Noir: Pushkinskaya Street, 25, tel.: +7 (863) 240-81-38

07 May 2014
Rudy Kurniawan has served his sentence

A penniless and isolated Rudy Kurniawan has already faced 27 months in custody and should not face further time behind bars, lawyers for the convicted wine fraudster have argued.

pre-sentencing report submitted by Kurniawan’s defence team, Jerry Mooney and Vincent Verdiramo, says that their client is too poor to pay anything but a nominal fine of $12,500.

The US government has already seized millions of dollars of Kurniawan’s assets, it says.

It also argues for a prison sentence of 27 months and points out that Kurniawan has spent 27 months in custody since his arrest, meaning he could be seen to have served the appropriate time in prison already.

Indonesian-born Kurniawan, who last December was found guilty by a jury of making and selling more than $1m of counterfeit fine wines that he had concocted in the kitchen of his Los Angeles home, is due to be sentenced in New York on 29 May.

He could face up to 40 years in prison for his crimes, which also include fraudulently attempting to secure a $3m loan.


05 May 2014
TWE forced to deny Pernod approach

Penfolds producer Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has denied any approach for parts of its business from Pernod Ricard, after speculation of a possible deal saw its share price spike.

Treasury Wine’s share price rose by 15% on the Australian stock exchange after the head of Pernod Ricard’s wine arm, Jean-Christophe Coutures, said Treasury’s US wine assets were attractive.

Pernod Ricard is seeking to build scale in the US and last month agreed to acquire Kenwood Vineyards in Sonoma Valley, California.

Treasury, which has been considered a potential acquisition target since splitting from Foster’s Group in 2011, has faced repeated calls from some analysts to exit the US wine market following several years of weak return on investment there.

Coutures was quoted as saying Pernod would take a look at Treasury’s US assets, if they become available, but the firm is not actively seeking deals.


30 April 2014
The prices of vodka and cognac in Russia have risen

Since March 11, 2014 a bottle of vodka of 0.5 liter capacity can not be cheaper than 199 rubles in shops. A minimally possible retail price on alcoholic drinks was increased to 170 rubles per half liter in accordance with the Order of the Federal Service for Alcohol Market Regulation.

The same order were increased the price of cognac and brandy. Since 11 оf March 2014 a minimum retail price for a bottle of cognac 0.5 liter is 322 rubles (previously it was 280 rubles). A minimum price for a half-liter of brandy is 293 rubles (previously it was 250 rubles).The next raise the minimum price for vodka will be on 1 of August 2014 and will amount to 220 rubles. The PAP explained the need to revise the prices of alcohol products because of increase rate of excise duty on alcohol stronger 9% from 400 rubles to 500 rubles for 1 liter of anhydrous alcohol in 2014.

Change of alcohol prices also caused by a rise in prices for grain and grapes and tariffs for electricity and gas.


24 February 2014
The master class «Dinner with wine»

On the 26th of July East European Sommeliers and Experts Association and Sommelier Academy Mozart Wine House will organize the master class «Dinner with wine». This fascinating master class is for those who are just starting their familiarity with the fascinating world of wine.

The master class «Dinner with wine»

In a simple and accessible form the teacher will tell how to organize the dinner with wine at home, and will demonstrate the basics of serving and wine tasting.

The cost of participation is 2500 rubles.

Booking by phone. +7 (863) 206-11-22.

Seats are limited!

23 February 2014
Wine degustation evenings

The company Mozart Wine House and the restaurant Pinot Noir begin the project «Wine and gastronomic club». It aims to unite people for whom wine is a part of life, a source of cultural and gastronomic pleasure.

Wine degustation evenings

During the meetings of the club, which are held at the restaurant Pinot Noir twice a month, we will learn to learn the wine as it is done by experts, especially open wine and cuisine around the world, learn to recognize the wine flavors and all the subtleties of taste.

On each evening you can taste traditional dishes of a wine region with the wines which perfectly complete the local specialties. You will be able to assess the diversity of one grape variety, quite differently reveals itself in different terroirs. A qualified sommelier will help you make a fascinating journey to different corners of Europe.

The events will be held by Alexey Skidan, a member of the East European Association of Sommeliers and experts, certified sommelier, who has extensive experience in the field of wine and restaurant business, chief sommelier of Mozart Wine House.

Also we offer you a unique opportunity to taste the best wines of the world at reasonable prices. And all this in combination with fine French cuisine in the performance of chef Michel Christmann in the cozy atmosphere of Pinot Noir. Great wines and great cuisine… What may be better?

To receive the program of wine evenings call us: +7 (863) 240-81-38.