Paul Smith designs a Claret less Ordinary

The worlds of fashion and wine collide again with the news that legendary British designer Sir Paul Smith has designed a couple of new labels for upmarket wine institution Berry Bros. & Rudd.

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Romantic Personalised Wine? Nah, Just Veuve Clicquot

The marketing department at ubiquitous champagne brand Veuve Clicquot want you to give the gift of ‘romantic’ personalised wine this Valentine’s weekend. Mrs WineOfTheWeek will not be receiving this gift, or indeed any gift, on Valentines day. As I like to remind her on an irregular basis, we do not need artificial romantic constructs to […]

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Tesco launches alcohol free wine without a hint of irony

With the usual hyperbolic fanfare, ailing British supermarket chain Tesco has just released a couple of alcohol free sparkling wines. For £2.75 you can get yourself a sparkling Chenin Blanc or a ‘Pinotage Blush’ dressed up in a faux champagne stylee. Tesco likens the appearance and flavour to Prosecco, with the product developer behind this […]

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Warning: Unmanned drones are targeting your wine

When Cyberdyne Systems installed Skynet to control the U.S. national arsenal on August 4th 1997, the impact on wine making was not top of mind. Having spent 15 years figuring out how a machine might consume Margaux, Skynet has developed a program of ‘precision viticulture’ Precision viticulture  is the gathering of stupefying amounts of data […]

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The Truth behind the Robert Parker Wine Advocate deal

Robert ’98 out 100′ Parker Jr has decided to cash in some chips and sell a ‘substantial interest’ in the The Wine Advocate, a 40,000 subscriber newsletter about wine. In a masterful move, Parker has managed to generate an estimated $6.5 trillion of press coverage today with a cunning strategy of saying barely nothing at […]

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David Mitchell is whining about wine

A couple of years back, WineOfTheWeek sat opposite David Mitchell in a Hampstead Coffee shop. I was nailing the Evening Standard crossword and he was on the phone clearly miffed about an article written in a national newspaper by an up and coming famous comedian. Here he addresses the ‘would sir like to try the […]

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Zombie Wine: We’re coming to get you Barbara

Fear of the imminent Zombie apocalypse is gathering pace. When Amazon recently started selling zombie survival gear, WineOfTheWeek invested heavily in brain protection, duct tape and cut resistant gloves. A trip to Homebase to secure a pile of wooden planks and a bag of heavy duty nails will allow WineOfTheWeek to secure our dwellings once […]

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Digital Vino? Randall Grahm turns bytes into wine

Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon vineyard fame has been announced as the star attraction at this years ‘Digital Wine Communication Conference’. The conference is to be held in Turkey so promises to be a jolly nice junket. Why Turkey? Well, the theme of this years conference is “Source’ and there is apparently a hypothesis that […]

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Wine enthusiast orders £20,000 worth of wine from Twitter

Berry Bros. & Rudd have posted some impressive online numbers this week as they continue to reap the rewards of their investment in tech and the web. In 2011 the 300 year old fine wine retailer sold over £25m of wine online and, among the stat ladled press release Wineoftheweek just received, is this gem: During 2011, […]

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Oddbins returns but does it know what it’s doing?

One of the amusing aspects of wine blogging is the challenge of deconstructing PR puff.  Fancy a go? Let’s try this press release title: “Oddbins is back on a high street near you… Unique initiative allows Oddbins’customers to choose the price of wine…” Except, of course, Oddbins has never really been away and there’s nothing […]

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DrinkOware: Fake Shardonnay from Austrlia. Hic.

When WineOfTheWeek lived in Camden Town, only desperation would lead me to buy wine from the local Costcutter. During the summer months a lack of air-conditioning would see bottles leaping off the shelves with sheer heat exhaustion – ‘Wine dies in Hot Shops’, So it comes as little surprise to learn that the aforementioned ‘supermarket’ […]

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Chewing gum found in ‘fake’ wine bottle

Counterfeit wine has become a real concern in the United Kingdom. In the most recent example, Trading Standards officers raided a shop in Liverpool and seized a stash of 50 bottles carrying the name of such well brands as Echo Falls, Blossom Hill, Kumala and Hardy’s. The plastic seal and poor condition of the labels […]

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6 litre bottle of 1961 Latour sells for £135,000

In these austere times London’s auction houses must be thanking their lucky tax havens for the new wave of Chinese buyers. The Chateau Latour 1961 was sold at Christies for £135,000. The latest absurdity to come from the land of the rising Renminbi is a purchase that represents more than five times the average UK […]

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Who Madoff with all the wine? Bernie did!!

Bernie Madoff is a crook who made off with billions of dollars from charities, banks, actors, media moguls and so called financial guru’s. Last week his wine and spirits collection was auctioned off for $41,530, with all proceeds going to a support fund for those he conned out of money. There were 59 lots in […]

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Tesco wine chief hoists himself by his own petard. Ouch.

Wineoftheweek returned from an enforced absence this week wondering how we might resume hostilities in the war against vinous pomposity. So a big thank you for @HarpersWine for this magnificent tweet from last weeks London Wine Fair. It seems that Tesco’s Dan Jago thinks that Naked Wines’ Rowan Gormley is Nigel Farage. Just so we […]

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Oddbins farewell to the web…

In these difficult times, we’re all used to passing by ‘closed down’ stores on our high streets. Here is what a closed down online shop looks like. Poor old Oddbins.

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Professor Richard Wiseman proves wine drinkers are an ignorant bunch

Professor Richard Wiseman, author of Quirkology and other popular science books that expose the frailities of human perception, has lead a study to show wine drinkers can’t distinguish cheap wine from expensive. The experiment, at the Edinburgh Science Festival, challenged 578 members of the public to distinguish between the good stuff and £5 bottles for […]

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The Telegraph sneers at Alex Ferguson’s choice of wine

Last week Sir Alex Ferguson revealed his thoughts about wine to the Italian Newspaper Gazetto dello Sport. Sir Alex is a well know oenophile but is a primarily a football manager and therefore did not deserve the sneering snobbery of the wine critic Victoria Moore in the Daily Telegraph. Here’s what Sir Alex had to […]

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The wine thieves of Westminster still at large

Beware if you are in the pub and spill the pint of Tom Docherty, the Labour MP. He may not take too kindly to it and, possibly, have you imprisoned under anti-terrorism laws. Feeling dirty and degraded already, WineOfTheWeek continues its trawl through the pages of The Sunday Mail to bring you all the news […]

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Fake Jacobs Creek: Could you spot the difference?

Staying with the communist block, we follow up our recent story of the Chinese being duped by fake wines, to the Chinese doing the duping. The Sunday Mail, never one to miss the dastardly deeds of J. Foreigner, reports on fake Chinese bottles of Jacob’s Creek lining the shelves of Britain’s off-licences, selling at the […]

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