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United Kingdom, November 21st 2014
18,000 bottles of wine to be poured down the drain
By Nicola Harley at The Telegraph

 judge has ordered 18,000 bottles of wine to be poured down the drain. The wine, worth £155,000, was seized in raids by customs officers over suspicions duty had not been paid.

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United Kingdom, November 20th 2014
Wine trade faces an ‘assault on pleasure’

By Felicity Carter for Meininger’s Wine Business International

 Wine producers and consumers are facing an “assault on pleasure”, according to Barry Clark of the Future Foundation.

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Australia, November 20th 2014
Viticulturalist sounds the alarm on vine disease

By Meininger’s Wine Business International

International vineyard consultant Dr Richard Smart has warned an international conference that the world’s vineyards face a graver threat than Phylloxera – grapevine trunk diseases.

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Australia, November 19th 2014
Treasury Wine Estates becomes winemaker without vines
By David Fickling at Bloomberg.com

Many vintners would love to own enough wine country to cover Manhattan twice over. Not Treasury Wine Estates Ltd. (TWE), maker of $850-a-bottle Penfolds Grange.
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Australia, November 19th 2014
More consolidation in the Australian wine scene
From wine-searcher.com

Australia's family-owned wine sector looks to be consolidating after Accolade Wines confirmed rumors that it is negotiating to buy Grant Burge Wines.
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USA, November 19th 2014
WineGavel founder pleads guilty to embezzlement
By Robert Taylor at Wine Spectator

Former WineGavel online auction house founder and president Joshua Krummenoehl has pleaded guilty in a Napa court to one count of felony embezzlement and an additional charge of “excessive taking,” applicable to crimes exceeding $200,000.

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USA, November 18th 2014
Wizard of Oz winery makes cult Cabs worth the price
By Elin McCoy at Bloomberg.com

Maybe you’ve had it with wallet-emptying, soulless Napa Valley cult cabernets that aren’t worth their three-digit price tags. Me, too, but I’m not giving up on the truly good ones, like Scarecrow, whose origins lie in a historic Hollywood story and a dusty vineyard in Rutherford with stumpy 69-year-old vines called `old men.’
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USA, November 18th 2014
Vinous acquires International Wine Cellar
By Alicia Adamczyk at Forbes.com

Vinous, a wine multimedia platform, announced today it will acquire Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, making the new combined site home to more than 180,000 professional wine reviews and more than 1,000 articles incorporating interactive maps, videos and a user forum.
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USA, November 17th 2014
Direct-to-consumer selling powers ahead
By Cathy Huyghe at Forbes.com

Direct-To-Consumer (or DTC) wine purchases — which includes the ecommerce space — are on track for their biggest year yet in the US. The total value of DTC shipments for the 12-month period ending in October is $1.75 billion, or 13% more than the same period last year.
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Australia, November 17th 2014
Australia and China strike landmark deal
By Matt Siegel at Reuters.com

China and Australia on Monday signed a declaration of intent on a landmark free trade deal more than a decade in the making, opening up markets worth billions to Australia and loosening restrictions on Chinese investment.
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