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Lorries waiting on the docks at the port of Dover.

UK ports will be ‘stopped dead’ and wine could be held there for days if a customs deal isn't reached in Brexit negotiations, the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has warned as the government prepares to trigger Article 50 this week.

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Various stackable wine bottle shapes have been around for more than 200 years.

The glass wine bottle certainly was quite an invention: less porous, more cleanable and, compared to the ceramic amphora, the glass bottle was somewhat easier to handle.

As good an idea as it was, however, the earliest glass bottle still was not the better mousetrap. The glass was impervious to oxygen, but the early bottle seals rags stuffed in the opening or wax poured over the opening were not tight enough. If you stacked the bottles, wine would ultimately seep out, so in the old days they were happy with un-stackable bulbous-shaped bottles.

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Verona's hilltop villages and historic villas are as seductive as anything Tuscany has to offer

Verona’s unique and historic centre is a lovely, lived-in palimpsest of Roman, Medieval, Renaissance and later overlays. Just beyond the city gates, the landscape of Valpolicella is no less carefully moulded by time and man; a play of vineyards, cypresses, olives, cherry trees, persimmons and traditional marogne dry-stone walls, its hilltop villages and historic villas as seductive – once you leave the busy Verona to Garda road behind – as anything Tuscany has to offer.

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Vineyards in Mendoza, Argentina

Perhaps even more prolific than Patagonia’s famed glaciers and more alluring than the bohemian enclaves of Buenos Aires, Argentina’s wine regions beckon travelers to their fertile valleys. The country, typically known for producing Malbec, cultivates a far more expansive range of wine than this single-varietal. Grapes like torrontés in Salta and complex blends in Mendoza are all on the rise, ushering in a new era of wine production in the country.

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The dragon awakes: Chinese farmers pick grapes in a vineyard in Changli County, Hebei, China. Photograph: Alamy

China makes a lot of wine but until recently very little of it was on sale here. So how do two Chinese wines available in UK supermarkets stand up to the rest?

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Six of the best post-Brexit wines from Japan to Argentina. Photograph: Katherine Anne Rose for the Observer

A falling pound, rising inflation – time to stock up on wines from Chile and South Africa.

There are at least two things that everyone can agree with on Brexit. First: nobody has any idea what’s going to happen next. Second: we can all share in the miserable certainty that, for the rest of our lives and quite possibly our children’s and grandchildren’s, Brexit will be the excuse or the explanation for most things that happen in the UK.

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Small-cap companies such as Majestic Wine plc (AIM:WINE) with its market cap of USD $291 Million, benefit the most from improving economic conditions due to the growth potential, but on the other hand they also are highly prone to a downturn, thus making their financial strength an important factor in filtering out the risky ones. Although WINE’s low debt-to-equity ratio of 33.2% indicates financial strength, there’s more to it than just one ratio.

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Australia holds its position as the seventh largest champagne market on earth and fifth largest per head of population.

Australia’s love affair with champagne continues, popping the second largest number of bottles in history in 2016, according to an announcement made by the Comité Champagne at Prowein in Germany overnight.

Australia holds its position as the seventh largest champagne market on earth and fifth largest per head of population, with 7.4 million bottles landing in 2016, narrowly missing its all-time record of 8.1 million in 2015.

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Europe remains the leading wine producing and consuming region by a wide margin.

CLEVELAND, March 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/


While the first known wine production occurred in the Middle East more than 6,000 years ago, Europe has been the center of the global wine industry for many centuries.

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LUX Wines, an importer and purveyor of fine wines within an independent division of the E. & J. Gallo Winery (Gallo), announced today that it has been awarded the exclusive rights to distribute Italy's Argiano wines in the United States, beginning June 1, 2017.

MODESTO, Calif., Feb. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/

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Odette winemaker Jeff Owens stands atop his winery, with enough solar panels to power the facility year-round.

The hospitality company designed its winery to meet high environmental standards; believes it will pay off with consumers

What do you do after building one of the world's most energy-efficient wineries? Build another one.

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The University of California Davis (UC Davis) and wine industry solutions provider Winesecrets have teamed up with GE to pilot a program to use captured rainwater in wine production.

Water is an increasingly precious resource and no one knows this better than California. Last year marked the state’s sixth consecutive year of drought, an issue that is putting serious strain on its agriculture and viticulture industries. Achieving a sustainable water future is critical to meet the needs of people, businesses and the environment, a prospect that local and national businesses alike aren’t taking lying down.

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