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05 April 2013
An outstanding New Zealand vintage

Dry and warm New Zealand summer unsatisfied sheep-men, but for vine-growers the conditions were ideal, stated the director of New Zealand Winegrowers Philipp Gregar: «The fall is coming, it is still warm during the day but the nights are cool.

Our forecast is that the vintage will be outstanding in all the wine-making regions of the country», — he said.

The optimism of Mr. Gregar is shared by the most of wine-makers. «Our grape ripens ideally under the blue sky. And cool night let our grape to keep acidity and life-strength which is rare in a dry season», — confessed Gordon Russel, wine-maker of the household Esk Valley, calling this year «the best vintage of his life».

«It’s hard to give a final characteristic to the year as the weather can change before harvesting. But we look forward to a perfect vintage, so to describe it we should prepare a lot of superlative adjectives», — more carefully commented Matt Stafford, the chief wine-maker of Craggy Range.

It’s clear that the sector is raising in the country, the latest 6th edition of «The Great New Zealand Pinot Noir Classification» of Matthew Jukes & Tyson Stelzer includes the biggest quantity of producers — 120 from 484 of households of the country, making wines from Pinot Noir. 23 of them are included to the classification for the 1st time and 5 received the highest notes of 5 stars.

«We have never seen such a grow of quality of New Zealand Pinot Noir of all price levels as we see this year», — commented Jukes and Stelzer.

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04 April 2013
A magic tree of Perrier-Jouët

Devoted to Art brand of Champagne Perrier-Jouët presented a new creation of a Dutch industrial designer Tord Boontje — a stand for champagne glasses The Enchanting Tree.

The creation will become a new pearl of a collection of art-objects, including multiple items like an installation «Lost Time» and a table Perrier-Jouët Flower.

Golden branches of the tree hand-made from metal are decorated with white anemones in style of art-nouveau. The ends of the elegant branches are equipped with round rings for glasses. The tree together with a bottle of champagne Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque was exhibited in Saatchi Gallery in London on the 22th of March.

«I wanted to create a functional object which could inspire emotions and dreams. Here utility is beautiful, and beauty is useful», — Tord Boontje told about his work.

Perrier-Jouët declared also a new grant project in modern art which will stimulate talented British artists. Media-sponsor of the grant is the journal Financial Times. In mid-January the brand organized an art-salon gathered 13 experts — arts critics, curators, artists and collectors who selected the best participants.

According to the data of Disegnodaily the winner will be named on the 26th of March. He will get a prize of £10 000 and the right to organize his own exhibition in a London hotel St Pancras Renaissance in July, 2013. The winner will be able to visit the motherland of Perrier-Jouët Maison Belle Époque in Epernay, France and to see the biggest collection of objects of art-nouveau, and in December — to visit Design Miami.

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03 April 2013
How to buy the best whisky of the world

Experts named 4 principal steps for a customer to buy the best whisky of its price level. And the best doesn’t mean the most expensive one, it means the best in a category.

Worldwide admittance. Whisky you choose for an occasion should have high notes of experts from all over the world. Worldwide admitted whisky normally has several awards and medals from the most significant special journals or competitions. Sommelier in the boutiques should have this information.

Malt whisky. Experts agreed that single malt whiskies are better than blended ones. For sure they don’t compare different categories of whisky like 10-years single malt with 25-years blended whisky. They say that in the same category a single malt whisky is much interesting and rich in taste than a blended one.

To precise, single malt whisky is a drink made of barley malt by classical technology at one distillery. Use of casks from different drinks made Scotch whisky one of the most complex drinks in the world. There are different points of view on aging whisky in the casks. They can leave it for aging for more than 25 years, but both aged and young whisky can become a pearl of a collection. An optimal price/quality balance is in whisky aged 10-12 years in a cask. In this age whisky still keeps its proper character and takes necessary nuances from the oak.

Region. There was time when regions were specialized on a style of whisky, like Lowland in Scotland gave an easy and light in taste whisky for blends, Speyside was known for its aged and complex whisky. There are lots of «glen»-named distilleries in Speyside — Glenfiddich, Glenfarclas and so on. This word means «valley». Currently such a specialization is not so strict, but however it is better to pay attention to the region from which your whisky comes.
Producer. Every producer of whisky has a goal. For example The Macallan for a long time had a glory of «the best worldwide whisky». At some moment the owners understood that their drink became a legend and demand overcame offer. So, they decreased the category of the drink to increase the volume of production, well, they didn’t lose money, but destroyed the legend...

Every producer works in his category and if you are looking for the best whisky, you should look for a producer who has a goal to produce a perfect whisky.

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02 April 2013
Americans created a wine beer

Specialists of an American beer company brewery Odell Brewing Company made a wine beer. Hybrid drink called Amuste.

Quality control manager of Odell Brewing Company Ely Kholodny managed the project of creation of wine beer stated that this is a porter which was aged with some juice of grapes of Tempranillo cultivated in Colorado. The development of the product took two years.

Mr. Kholodny remarks that creation of Amuste is a result of work of a team, not his own: «I was lucky to manage the project, it is really a great experience», — he said.

Amuste is sold in bottles of 0,75 l and the fermentation process finishes in the bottle. Before bottling wine beer ages in oak casks. The alcohol content i\of the beer is 9,3%.

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01 April 2013
Wines from Krasnodar will become better

Control of quantity and quality of wine, produced in the region of Krasnodar, became the main subject of a regional meeting of the government of Krasnodar region.

Minister of Agriculture and Processing Industry of Krasnodar region, vice-governor Sergey Garkusha, head of the Kuban Department of Consumer market and regulation of Alcohol sphere Alexey Titov, top-managers of wine-making enterprises, heads of professional unions of wine-making and wholesalers met to discuss the question of diminution of volume of production of wine aimed to improve its quality.

Mr. Garkusha informed that Krasnodar region showed some positive results, its wines are admitted by the world greatest wine experts at some prestigious International competitions in London, Vienna, Hong-Kong. In 2012 wines had got 44 medals of different ranges (vs 15 in 2011). The share of Kuban wine products at the Russian market is 43,6%.

Besides the last two years showed a decrease of production, there are two reasons for this fact: first of all, all the producers had to re-license their activity in 2011 and to work under a new regulation system of Federal law. The other reason of lower volume of production is the result of the inspection of wine-making enterprises in 2012 by Russian Alcohol Regulation department which provoked closure of some factories.

An outcome of the meeting was a decision to create a system of public control of production and turnover of wine and wine products through identification of wine products bought in the retail points of sales.

Kuban wine-making enterprises will receive recommendations to present samples of products to accredited laboratories for inspection under the methods of Russian Alcohol Regulation department.

Participants of the meeting took decision to effectuate a daily monitoring of the alcohol market and to create an expert-tasting commission for evaluation of quality of wines, bought in the retail points of sales, reports

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29 March 2013
World wine production goes down

During the past year production wine in the world decreased to 6% from 266,7 million dekaliters in 2011 till 250,9 million dekaliters in 2012 and came to the lowest result from 1975 at least, when the statistics started.

The reason is in low harvest in France, Spain, Argentina and some other countries, what is fixed in the report of the International Organization of Vine (OIV), published by the Bloomberg agency.

France, Spain, Italy and Argentina suffered last year from bad weather conditions like hail and dry.

Production of wine in France, normally the leader, fall to 17% in 2012 till 42,2 million hectoliters, the second one, Italy, diminished production to 6,3% till 40,1 million hectoliters, and Spain to 11% till 29,7 million hectoliters. The biggest fall is in Argentina — to 24% till 11,8 million hectoliters.

2012 showed a worldwide increase of wine consumption till 245,2 million hectoliters from 243,8 in 2011. 28-30 million hectoliters of wine was also used to produce strong drinks, vermouth and vinegar, reports OIV. According to the words of general director of the biggest wine cooperative of France Groupe Val d’Orbieu Bertrand Girard, the world will face a deficit of wine at least of 10 million hectoliters (about 1.3 billion bottles).

A French agency FranceAgriMer states that wholesale prices to white wine in France grew up to 45% starting from August, 2012, to red wine — to 17% because of production decrease and expectation of deficit of offer.

International Organization of Vine exists from 1924 and includes 50 countries, known by their wine traditions.

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28 March 2013
Vega Sicilia will be sold at an auction

A huge collection of wines presented for sales by a legendary producer Vega Sicilia will be sold at Sotheby’s in Hong-Kong next month.

The auction will take place in the Exhibition Center of Hong-Kong on the 4th of April. Between the lots there will be a vertical collection of 22 Magnums of wine Vega Sicilia Unico from 1970 till 1999 vintages.

One of the lots from the private collection of Pablo Alvarez, Managing Director, is supposed to get from 12250 till 20600 dollars.

Generally at the auction there will be 234 lots from Vega Sicilia, including 42 vintages of Unico from 1941 to 2002 in different forms, like a lot of 6 bottles of 1942 vintage which can get from 10 to 15 thousand dollars.
There also will be such wines like Reserva Especial and Valbuana #5, as well as Alión from Ribera del Duero, Pintia from Toro and Tokaji Oremus from Hungary.

Total quantity of lots of the auction will be 620 which are expected to gather 1,9-2,7 mln dollars. They will present Bordeaux, Burgundy, Val de Rhone and California.

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27 March 2013
The most popular wine of Italy

The best-seller wine in Italian supermarkets according to the results of sales was named Lambrusco. Last year more than 14 million liters were sold for 44 million Euro.

The second and the third places are taken by Chianti and Montepulciano d’Abruzzo respectively, the forth and the fifth places went to Barbera and Bonarde. Such results were announced by Symphony IRI Group after a research of the wine sales in supermarkets, final report will be published on the 8th of April at Vinitaly.

The research revealed a significant decrease of sales of Nero d’Avola (-30.2%) due to grow of its price to 20%, the same trend have some other wines.

Between «coming up» wines there are Pecorino from Marke and Abruzzo (+23,8%) followed by Pignoletto, Grillo, Traminer, Falanghina.

Total increase of price in 2012 achieved 11% stated

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26 March 2013
Vineyards area of Uzbekistan grows

According to a new order of the President of Uzbekistan total area of vineyards in the country will be increased from 127,1 thousands of hectares till 133 thousands of hectares in 2013.

In 2014 this figure will become 140800, in 2015 — 149700, and by 2020 total area of vineyards of Uzbekistan will become 152 thousands hectares. In percents 2015 vs 2012 will give a grow of 17,8%, and 2020 vs 2012 — almost 20%.

The Program previews that from 2013 till 2015 22,5 thousands of innovative vineyards will be created in Uzbekistan. The quantity of wine-making enterprises will increase in 2013 till 83 vs 81 in 2012. Total volume of production of new enterprises will be 196 thousand.

By 2015 a planned grow of production of wine supposed to be 13,6% vs 2012, by 2020 to 32,1% reports the Uzbekistan office of Vesti.Uz.

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25 March 2013
A Noble Wines Exchange Cavex opening

The launch of a new Exchange of Noble Wines called Cavex is planned on the nearest time.

The aim of the project is to lay a new way of wine trading for wine industry representatives and private collections owners. Such exchange houses as Liv-ex and BBX (Berry Bros & Rudd’s) are considered as competitors of Cavex.

Co-founder and CEO of Cavex Steven Monder states that the basis (creation of which took about 18 months) differs considerably from similar projects, at least existing in the UK.

«We are different from Liv-Ex as we are open to private clients. As for BBX there are two reasons, firstly, Cavex is available to representatives of the trading industry, secondarily, the size of the commission in Cavex is just 3% for both parts (buyer and seller),» — told Mr. Monder to BBX takes commission from the seller only and it is 10%.

According to opinion of an investment manager of the company Lunzer Wine Investment Piter Lanzer, lots of collectors will find the perspective to exclude merchants and brokers from the trading process positive, and would like to work with sellers and buyers in direct. «The most important is that potentially such a schema would help to generate a higher ROI», — he commented.

Cavex will integrate information about more than 50000 wines. The exchange will opened for international buyers but sales will be only made through customs warehouses in the Great Britain.

Cavex is a collective project of several investors from London City totally invested more than £100000.

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24 March 2013
Bordeaux tasting!

On the 24th of April East European sommeliers and experts Association, Academy of Sommelier Mozart Wine House and Millenium Company (Moscow) organize a meeting with a wine producer from Bordeaux.

Bordeaux tasting!

The event is an amazing visit of Bordeaux appellations and tasting of wine from this bright region. The presentation will be guided by a representative of the Dourthe House Nicolas Chemineau.

The tasting will include following wines:

— Chateau Garraud Bordeaux АОС 2012 white dry,
— Chateau de Ricaud Bordeaux АОС 2011 white dry,
— Chateau de Ricaud Bordeaux Superieur АОС 2008 red dry,
— La Terrace de la Guarde Pessac-Leognan АОС 2010 red dry,
— Chateau La Guarde Pessac-Leognan АОС 2006 red dry,
— Château Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2006 red dry,
— Chateau de Ricaud Loupiac АОС 2003 white sweet.

All of age wine enthusiasts are welcome on the 24th of April at 14.00 in the Academy of Sommelier Mozart Wine House, Pushkinskaya str., 29. To book places, please, call +7 (863) 206-11-22.

23 March 2013
The summer season opens!

Wine Bar «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 bar «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.: (863) 2999-209

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

21 March 2013
Step by step around a wine planet

Another level achieved by participant of the educational project of east European Sommeliers and Experts Association Academy of Sommelier Mozart Wine House.

Step by step around a wine planet

On the 15th of March 2013 a course of «Wine of France» finished and student said good-bye to each other and their professor, Andrey Ishenko. But not for a long they will come back in April for the course «Wine of Italy».

However, they left some comments to the manager of the project Sokolova Natalya:

Sablina Olga: «Together with a friend we came for lessons as we travel a lot in Europe, taste different wine in Italy, France, Spain. Some of them impress us and we take them home, some stay nor understood. So we wanted to learn to read etiquette as well as our perceptions and to speak correctly of our discoveries. I’ve got a lot of information, and I need to systemize it. So I leave to a trip of France and when I come back, I’ll start with Italy.»

Kasheev Evgeniy: «My wife offered me a certificate for an individual course, but I choose collective lessons. And I think I didn’t lose. From the first evening I preferred a meeting with guys and Andrey to everything. I wait for continuation!»

Krasovskaya Tatyana: «Last November I finished the course of Italian wines, so for the French course I came consciously. It’s a great world to explore! »

Nadezhda Korchagina: «In our Art gallery we plan to make a small bar for the guests to appreciate good drinks. So for me these courses are a compellation of pleasure and use. I’ll keep learning! »

Eroshenko Vadim: «I joined the group as I was looking for the best way to open the land of wine for me. Andrey is a real professor who can explain how to taste and how to listen to my feelings. I will not drop the study.»

12 March 2013
RosGlavVino – guarantee of quality!

In terms of federal program «Guarantee of Quality» ROSGLAVVINO launched a project of financial guarantee of correspondence of quality of products to the demands of the law to the retail outlets.

Starting from the 18th of February 2013 the respective clause is included to all the contracts concluded with an authorized by federal program ROSGLAVVINO wholesaler.

As a result of the work of a Consulting center at the biggest Trading fair Prodexpo 2013 received proposals from the retailers a project of financial guaranties of the quality of wines produced under the support of ROSGLAVVINO was designed by the direction of the federal program. Most of retail networks of the country have already received an invitation to join the project.

Following letter was sent to the retailers: «According to the article 20 of the federal law dated 22.11.1995 N 171-ФЗ „About State regulation of production and turnover of ethyl spirit, alcohol and spirit containing drinks and about limits of consumption of the above drinks“ such a violation is a proper reason to cancellation of the license equal to the turnover of alcohol not corresponding to the demands of GOST... In case if the products covered by the guarantee of quality of ROSGLAVVINO are objects of claims of State regulative organs the Direction of the federal program will cover respectively the lost of the retailer». Corresponding clauses of the responsibility in terms of the project «Guarantee in retail» are already added to the contracts of an authorized by federal program ROSGLAVVINO trading company. During 2013 ROSGLAVVINO will terminate to form the guarantee profile and after that to propose a partnership to one of the biggest Assurance companies of Russia.

The Federal Enterprise ROSGLAVVINO is going to publish the information about the project «Guarantee in the Retail» aimed to fill Russian market with wine of guaranteed quality.

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11 March 2013
Four wine factories are closed in the Krasnodar region

Four enterprises, producing about 20% of total volume of Russian wine are closed in the Krasnodar region.

The licenses of three of them — RPC «Slavyanskiy», «Dolina» Ltd., PPC «Severskiy» are suspended from the end of February due to counterfeit products found, the other RPC «Krasnoarmeyskiy» is closed because of bankrupt procedure.

The Union of Vine-growers and Wine-makers of Russia agrees with the decision of the Russian Alcohol regulation Control Department. The latest stated that such inspections will go out of the Krasnodar region.

The reason of the sanctions is the result of the control inspections of the products of the factories like 100% at PPC «Severskiy», 83% samples of «Dolina» Ltd. And 74% of products of RPC «Slavyanskiy». Partially there are facts of water added to wine, toxic substances in wine and aroma materials, prohibited by GOST.

The basis of the assortment of the enterprises is cheap wine in 1 liter boxes of 80 rubles price. Leonid Popovich, the President of the Union of Vine-growers and Wine-makers of Russia declared that these measures of the Russian Alcohol regulation Control Department are taken by honest wine-makers with gratitude: «The factories are taken at place; they produced low-quality products which couldn’t be called wine». According to the opinion of the chief of the sector agency ZIFFRA Vadim Drobiz, 2013 will be the last year when it will be possible to buy cheap wine in boxes: «I am sure that Russian Alcohol regulation Control Department will keep checking the producers of 80 rubles-boxes wine and as the result this category will just ruined. It is clear that it’s impossible to produce a wine with such a cost following all the demands of GOST».

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07 March 2013
Wine makers from Bordeaux don't know how to sell

Philippe Magrez, a son of one of the most influential wine-makers of Bordeaux Bernard Magrez stated that many elite chateaux of the area don’t know how to sell wine. He underlined that the problems of the region become deeper due to high competition the sector. And the reason is that wine-makers are too far from commercial deals.

«If I work in the field of wholesales my aim is not to promote your brand but to sell your product», — declared Magrez Junior. — «the fact that lots of chateau owners don’t know trading rules makes great problems».

Magrez remarks that current generation of wine-lovers are not only oriented on Bordeaux but the rest of the world so the Bordeaux producers should pay more attention to the marketing. Smaller households would not survive, thinks Magrez. Another reason of the decline is incomprehension between the members of the families of the chateaux owners.

«I could name a half-dozen of chateaux which could achieve the same level as we do, but they didn’t, — says Magrez Jn. — The less people from the same family work in the company the better». However he considers his relationships with his father and sister very successful.

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06 March 2013
The USA could use Château term

At the end of February a meeting had place concerning the question of use of special terms at wine labels.

Euro-commissioner of Agriculture Dachian Cholosh invited European wine-makers to work out general conditions of use of «traditional names» as it is needed to answer a request of the USA about a possibility of putting château term at wine labels.

«It would be useful to get an analysis of the complex of such terms. I would also like that wine-making community of Europe to work out some general conditions of usage of them which could be discussed with our foreign partners», — Cholosh declared at the meeting. — «These terms are protected by the law. A question is how they could be used by others».

Wine-making industry of the EU remarks La Revue du Vin de France there are lots of law protected «traditional names’, he most popular of them in France are «château», «clos» and «sur lie». Italy and Luxembourg also use the term château but the conditions are different there than in France.

According to an agreement concluded between the EU and the USA in 2006 the latest received a permission to use some traditional terms like château within a three-year period of transformation which is ended. La RVF informs that in 2010 the USA asked for special conditions to use the term.

Dachain Cholosh added that the wineries of California could use the term in case of «estimation of the conditions of its usage».

The theme of «semi-common» wine terms like château or champagne became actual after the second inauguration of the President of the USA Barak Obama where the wine card included «Californian champagne», this fact was taken by French producers with indignation.

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05 March 2013
A whisky drop into sewer system in Scotland

The 28th of February workers of the Chivas Brothers factory missed 18 thousands liters of whisky went to the sewer system.

The workers have to wash the system with water to prepare the equipment for a new product, but his time by mistake whisky went away with water. The lack of the product was found next morning by 11 o’clock after turning on the system.

According to the data of the Environment Protection service the concentration spirit augmented in the river Liven and this will influence negatively the water supply of the city.

Chivas Brothers factory has 600000 workers and currently they try to find out the guilties of the accident and how it could happen.

The factory near the city of Dumbartone was built in 1938 for production of the so-named whisky Dumbarton from the Ballantine’s family. In the 90s the production was closed and transmitted to another place and the factory is destined to bottle famous trade marks of whisky Chivas Regal and Ballantine’s, as well as gin Beefeater.

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04 March 2013
Chateau Fombrauge pushes the stars of Saint-Emilion

Blind tasting of wines of Saint-Emilion 1er Grand Cru determined a winner — Chateau Frombauge 2006. So its classification of Grand Cru Classe got the Fall of 2012 is proved.

Bernard Magrez, sure of the quality of the wine and the progress of development of the winery, the owner of the Chateau wasn’t afraid to present its wine against the stars of he appellation Chateau Ausone, Angelus, Pavi and Cheval Blanc. The competition touched two vintages — 2006 and 2007 during a blind tasting organized by Revue de Vins de France — RVF.. And he results were surprising.

The tasting determined an excellent form of Chateau Fombrauge, which over-passed famous Chateau Cheval Blanc 2007 as well as Chateau Ausone another 1er Grand Cru Classe A. Besides an ambitious Cuve Magrez Fombrauge showed too much cask and couldn’t win in the final. Chateau Fombrauge 2007 has got 17/20, and the vintage 2006 — 18/20!

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01 March 2013
Cristal is coming back!

Champagne Cristal after a year of absence is coming back to Russia. The reason was in a trial between the producer Louis Roederer and the Federal Commerce Enterprise «Souzplodimport», the owner of the trade mark Kristal.

The latest demanded French producers to pay royaltywhich is taken now by the exclusive importer of Louis Roederer since 2009 the wine company Simple

Maxin Kashirin, general director of Simple announced the return of Cristal to Russia: «The supply restarted in December, 2012, we brought 11 000 bottles of Cristal at one time according to the year quote from Louis Roederer». This is twice bigger than the quotes for 2011 (6000 of bottles) which was taken in a third as the supply stopped during the summertime 2011.

According to the words of Mr. Kashirin, Simple didn’t wait the end of the argue between Louis Roederer and the Federal Commerce Enterprise «Souzplodimport» and agreed with the latest a temporal license of use of the trade mark owned by them and payment of a reasonable royalty, so under this agreement Simple will import Cristal to Russia. The size of the royalty was not pronounced, as Rospatent states the agreement was concluded the 25th of December 2012 and is valid till the 31th of December 2013, «Souzplodimport» from their side proved that the contract was concluded, but didn’t give any detail.

The trade mark Cristal Louis Roederer was created in 1876 under the order of a Russian Emperor Alexander II. Total year volume of production is 500 000 bottles. AC Nielsen data show that by the end of 2010 the line of the champagne house Louis Roederer took 2,11% of Moscow market of champagne in terms of value(in volume the leader was Moet & Chandon with 36,7%).

The royalty could be a temporal measure for Simple. At any rate, Maxim Kashirin believes that Louis Roederer and «Souzplodimport» would be able to sign an agreement of import of Cristal to Russia within several monthes. Patent attorney Marina Grineva, representing the interests of Louis Roederer proved that there are some discussion with «Souzplodimport», but didn’t give any details.

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28 February 2013
The garagists of Russia create units

In the «Stavropol Wine Production» department a meeting of wine-making enterprises had place.

The reason was to revise and to amend The of the Stavropol region «About state support of wine making in Stavropol region».

The resolution was to create a «Union of garage wines of Stavropol» and a «union of producers of table wine of Stavropol» with the aim to solve problems of creating and increasing of smaller forms of wine-making sector as reports the press-service of the Ministry of Agriculture of the region.

The head of the «Union of garage wines of Stavropol» became a wine-maker with an experience of wine-making of 40 years Mr. Vitaliy Batrak, and the other union — one of the biggest farmer of table vine-grower Akhmed Akhmedanov.

By the way, the notion of «Garage wine» appeared in Russia recently. The history goes to France when in 80th Jean-Luc Tunevin created the first garage wine, the name is due to the fact that it was really made in a garage, as the wine-maker hadn’t a cave.«i didn’t invent anything, — said m. Tunevin, — I have just restored the oldest methods. It is not hard at all, you should just forget about time and select the best berries».

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27 February 2013
Champagne for 45 thousands dollars

Not so far winery De Watere launched a special line of their champagne famous for being the most expensive one in the world.

The cost of a bottle of such special champagne De Watere is 45290 dollars. It is packed in a stylish bottle decorated with a coin of 24-carats gold with diamonds.

The coin is printed by one of the most known German Coin Court. The bottle is placed in a wooden box decorated by hand with gold.

The champagne is made of Pinot Noir (80%) and Chardonnay (20%). The rosé version is made of 100% Pinot Noir.
The line contents 22,5 thousands of bottles, 20000 are for sales, the rest will stay in the household of De Watere.

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26 February 2013
Sales of Champagne go down

In 2012 volume of sales of Champagne in the world decreased to 4,4%, mostly due to the refuse of the European to drink champagne.

According to the data of Interproffesional Committee of Wine of Champagne (CIVC) the fall of sales in the EU was 13,3%, in France — 8,8% in December 2012.

Besides the export sales of French champagne grew last year to 3,2% and showed a record of 61 millions bottles.

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25 February 2013
In the USA they sell more strong spirits than in Russia

According to the researches of an American analytical agencyImpact Databank volume of sales of strong drinks in the USA were 226 million decaliters in 2012.

This is almost twice more than in Russia. However, the population of the USA is twice bigger than in our country, so we could say, that Americans drink as much as Russians.

From 25 popular brands of strong alcohol drinks a dozen are vodkas ones. The first place is occupied by vodka Smirnoff from Diageo with 10,89 millions dal (grew to 2,15 vs 2011) of volume of sales in the USA followed by rum Baccardi with 10,67 millions dal.

The market of consumption of strong drinks in the USA keeps growing since several years. In 2012 the increase was to 3% till 226 millions dal. And the most significant increase is in the premium segment with retail price of 30 dollars per a bottle (to 8,9%). In the subpremium segment (18-30 dollars) this figure is 4,8%. Economic segment showed stagnation.
Irish whisky with an increase of sales in the USA to 22% is a leader of the realm. Vodka showed 4% or 5,5 billion dollars.

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22 February 2013
Beaujolais crisis

Bad weather spoiled the game of French wine-makers. We can start speaking about a serious wine crisis in France as according to some data more than 200 French companies can be ruined due to the low harvest this year.

The situation in Beaujolais is terrific. French press say that more than 200 wine-makers from the region can close their enterprises. Wine association Inter Beaujolais is more optimistic, they say only 50. In average the volume of a year production in Beaujolais is 850000 hectaliters, last year it was to 49% less. And is the trend stays, the situation will put into danger 2,7 thousands wineries of the region, informs Inter Beaujolais.

And the reason is in bad weather, meaning frosts and hails damaged the whole area of Beaujolais this year. A representative Mr. Boujadet of the association clarifies that normally bad weather conditions can be in some parts of the region but not everywhere in Beajolais.

2012 was a terrific in this sens for the whole area. Mr. Boujadet names such a weather abnormal for wine-producers of Beaujolais. Maximum crop, registered in Beaujolais is 52 hectaliters per hectare. And last year it was only 30. As result, wine-makers depend on governments help to cover lost. Short-terms credit accommodations would help the producers to get by.

In this case they could survive but would earn nothing.

But for 50 wineries there is no chance, they will be in ruin, remarks the representative of Inter Beaujolais.

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21 February 2013
A new thing for strong spirits lovers

One of these days they launched unusual glasses Brandy Pipe looking like a tobacco pipe.

In such a form of the glass there is not only an esthetic meaning but also a practical one as drinks like whisky, brandy and cognac should be warmed a bit before drinking.

To warm a drink is very comfortable if the glass is made like a pipe, and drinking the drink through the mouthpiece augment the enjoyment. The price of such an unusual glass is 20 dollars.

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20 February 2013
China will become sixth biggest wine-producer

Vinexpo and The International Wine and Spirits Research together investigated the wine market and found out that by 2016 China will come from 8th to 6th place among the world wine-producing countries.

Robert Beyne, the head of Vinexpo remarked that the quality of Chinese wine kept improving and that would become a problem for French wine-makers due to the competition.

Besides exerts stated that China will take the second place after the USA and before France and the UK in terms of value of wine consumption by 2016.

They also wait for decrease of volume of import of wine in Chine within next 5 years to balance the increase of production. In 2007 — 2011 the volume of sales in China grew to 194,5%, the forecast of the this rate in 2012-2016 is lower — 47%, writes Vinum.Ru.

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19 February 2013
«Fanagoria» is getting larger

The biggest Russian wine producer «Agricultural firm «Fanagoria» JSC this year is going to increase to a third the quantity of points of sales of proper retail network.

Currently there are 13 shops «Fanagoria» opened in cities and towns of the Krasnodar region — in Golubitskaya, Sennaya, Severskaya, Kanevskaya villages, Anapa, Sochi, Slavyansk-na-Kubani, Eysk and Novorossiysk. In 2013 4 more shops will appear — two in Krasnodar and one in Novocherkassk and Rostov-on-Don respectively.

Now the company is looking for convenient areas of 80 to 100 square meters to rent or bye, informs «Interfax — Ug».

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18 February 2013
Georgian wine-makers slow down entrance to the Russian market

Return of Georgian wines to the Russian shops is delayed by Georgian part.

Department of Control of the Consumer Market of Russia reports that the list of 67 enterprises producers of wine and mineral water which had expressed their will (in different ways within the period of 2007-2013) to come back to the Russian market was sent to the Georgian part according to the agreement of the meeting on the 4th February 2013 with a commission leaded by L. Davitashvili, head of National Wine Agency of Georgia. Another list of companies (31 wine makers and 3 mineral water producers) which presented necessary papers of health safety and quality control to the Russian part was also given to the Georgian commission the same day. Besides in the package of documents there was a list of demanded information from the enterprises willing to enter the Russian wine market for checking. However, Georgia didn’t fulfill the agreement.

«We have to say that the agreement is not fulfilled by Georgia in terms of timing. Russian Department of the Consumer Market Control has already formed three groups of experts ready to leave for Georgian enterprises in a couple of days after receiving from them the necessary papers for checking. We also wait for a complete list of the enterprises from Georgian authorities as well as a proposal of the schedule and itinerary of the visits of the producers by our experts,» — says the official statement of the Department.

Earlier mr. Onishenko remarked that he didn’t see any real problem for Georgian wine and water to come back to Russia. «My personal position is that there is no significant problem. If there is no politics added... I don’t see problems as Georgian wine-making advanced a lot during last years», — declared the Chief Sanitary Doctor of Russia. He also said that the share of Georgian wine at the Russian market wouldn’t be big after the return, and wouldn’t overpass 4%. For Georgian side 4% of Russian market can be significant, for Russian side it doesn’t play a great role.

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15 February 2013
Sites for wine-lovers

People not familiar with wine consider this subject as traditionally conservative and avoiding new technologies.

However, it is not true. We are ready to name at least three innovative sites meeting peoples with the world of wine. So, suggests to taste wine before buying a bottle of it. At the portal there is a list of samples of wine in sets of 6 bottles of 50 ml. The price of such a kit is 20-30 dollars. The samples are gathered in a set by producer, production area or other criteria. After tasting samples it is possible to buy a normal size bottle.

Lot18 uses another way to develop private sales. As it is possible to become a visitor only having a recommendation of an actual user of the site Lot 18. There are good wines from big producers with discounts on the portal. No mediators are between a producer and a buyer. That is the reason of the reduced cost.

Snooth is one more innovative site marring a wine portal with a social network. It was launched in 2007 and implemented lots of good service ideas for wine-lovers. One of them is called Wine Rack. It contents educational materials, as well as tasting notes of wine-lovers about wine with comments. Another interesting function of the resource named Cellar lets people to follow the status of the wine, which they have in their wine-cellars, like name, tasting notes, price, volume of the bottle, quantity of bottles etc.

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