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    EU funds flow east

    ‘Making good wine is just the beginning. Selling it is what’s difficult.’ So says Silvana Ballotta of Business Strategies in Florence and she should…

    3 Jan 2015 Jancis Robinson
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    Arise, lowly Vin de France

    A shorter version of this article is also published in the Financial Times. Tasting notes on these wines may be found in our 100,000-strong…

    6 Sep 2014 Jancis Robinson
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    The inexorable advance of IGP

    When Jancis suggested I write a short piece about the onward march of IGP in France, after I had spent the best part of a day crawling over the INAO…

    31 Jul 2012 Julia Harding MW
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    Organic wine, defined

    At long last the citizens of the world may sleep easy in their beds, for yesterday the new EU rules for organic wine were announced. The Standing…

    10 Feb 2012 Richard Hemming
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    EU wine reform in all its glory

    Mary Gorman-McAdams is a WSET Wine Educator at the International Wine Center, New York City, wine columnist for the popular blog and website…

    11 Aug 2011 Guest contributor
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    Italians get tough - in theory anyway

    The recently founded Italian equivalent of the French Vignerons Indépendants association, the Federazione Vignaioli Indipendenti, has sent a round…

    7 Dec 2010 Walter Speller
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    Have Europe's wine labels changed?

    A word of warning, this article contains no reference to fresh acidity, fine-grained tannins or irresistible aromas but it's quite long - and arguably…

    3 Nov 2010 Julia Harding MW
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    Give and take between Oz and EU

    Yesterday legislation came into force that regulates aspects of trade in wine between the European Union and Australia. Most significantly, it finally…

    2 Sep 2010 Richard Hemming
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    Table grapes back in California wine

    In Europe, the enforced shrinkage of EU vineyards summarised in Dec 2007 in  EU reform - as good as it gets is already having an obvious effect, while…

    5 Jan 2010 Jancis Robinson
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    Vote for new organic logo

    14 Feb 2010 - see here for the outcome of the vote. We Europeans often feel we have very little say in EU decisions, but now apparently we…

    30 Dec 2009 Julia Harding MW
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    French foils and EU labelling

    20 Feb 2011 - French customs and excise have abandoned the regulation that bottles destined for export must have a different capsule from those used…

    10 Dec 2009 Julia Harding MW
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    Should pink wine be a blend?

    Do we care that the EU is reported to be set to allow pink wine to be made by simply blending red and white (see Rosé? Just mix red and white says…

    12 Mar 2009 Jancis Robinson
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    Milk with your wine?

    19 May 2012 The temporary exemptions with regard to allergen labelling for wine in the EU that were due to run out at the end of May 2009 were…

    7 Jan 2009 Julia Harding MW
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    Will Europe's labels change?

    From August 2009, wines previously labelled AOC or DO (etc) could be labelled PDO and those previously labelled VdP or IGT (etc) could be labelled…

    30 Dec 2008 Julia Harding MW
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    France shakes up its wine act

    France’s new five-year plan to beef up its wine exports incorporates some very specific ambitions. The average amount of French wine exported each…

    2 Jun 2008 Jancis Robinson