September 2017

Inside Lafite’s Chinese wine project – Exclusive

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The parent company of Château Lafite Rothschild opens up to Jane Anson about its 10-year vineyard project in China and reveals plans to release its first Chinese fine wine next year. Was it Aristotle who said that Nature hates a vacuum? If so, he would have been unsurprised to see the almost uninterrupted flow of speculative information about the Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) project in China since its inception in 2008. First there were questions over a stalled early project, then over why they had picked the relatively unknown (viticulturally) province of Shandong, more famous for a huge collection of Tyrannosaurus Rex remains and dinosaur fossil eggs found there in 2008 than for wine. There were inevitable discussions over why they hadn’t selected the more famous Ningxia wine region, where the Chinese government has been encouraging wine companies with 50-year leases and the availability of grants, then why exactly it was taking...

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Wine is now the best-performing collectible of the rich

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Fine wine is now the best-performing collectible of the world's wealthy collectors, with values soaring 25 percent over the past 12 months, according to a new report. The Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index found that wine has replaced classic cars as the top collectible. Collectible wine prices surged 25 percent over the past year and are up 61 percent over the past five years. Fine wine is now the best-performing collectible of the world's wealthy collectors, with values soaring 25 percent over the past 12 months, according to a new report. The Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index, which tracks the price growth in the major categories of collectibles, found that wine has replaced classic cars as the top collectible. Thanks to strength in Bordeaux, Burgundy and northern Italian wines, collectible wine prices surged 25 percent over the past year and are up 61 percent over the past five years. The jump follows a boom and...

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Paul Strank Roofing Charity Gala – Shooting Star Chase Children’s Hospice

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We were lucky enough to attend the Paul Strank Roofing Charity Gala this weekend which helps to raise funds for an exceptional cause, the Shooting Star Chase Children's hospice. We supplied the wines for this star studded event. The event was attended by celebrities such as Strictly's Ol a Jordan and Patron Theo Paphitis. All funds raised are donated to this fantastic cause. UK Agora would like to thank Paul Strank Roofing for their hospitality as well as congratulate them for the fantastic charitable work they do.            ...

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Floyd Mayweather shows off wine and watches in £18.9m ‘Beverly Hills castle’

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reportedly become the first fighter to earn over £1bn in the hardest game. After 21 years in the paid ranks, the 40-year-old is enjoying retirement following victory in his £350m mega-fight with Conor McGregor last month. And Mayweather, who grew up amid poverty and drugs in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has been showing off his wine and watch collection in the Beverly Hills mansion he recently bought for £18.9million. The 40-year-old is normally based in Las Vegas, where he lives in his extraordinary 'Big Boy Mansion'. He also owns a massive property in Miami which cost a reported £5.69million. Now, in the neighbourhood famous for the glitz and glamour of its A-list residents, Mayweather is enjoying a life of luxury in the 15,096 square-foot, six bedroom house next to the famous Beverly Hills Hotel. 'Money' showed off his extensive glass-faced wine cellar as well as his remarkable array of jewel-encrusted watches. 'Relaxing in 90210,' Mayweather wrote alongside...

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Neal on Wimbledon keeper’s heroics: “It was incredible”

AFC Wimbledon goalkeeper George Long (1), on loan from Sheffield United,  applauds the fans during the EFL Sky Bet League 1 match between Blackburn Rovers and AFC Wimbledon at Ewood Park, Blackburn, England on 16 September 2017. Photo by Simon Davies.

By Rob Cornell Neal Ardley thought the chance of a win at Blackburn Rovers had been snatched from the Dons grasp – until goalkeeper George Long made a remarkable save towards the end. Long (pictured) thwarted a Bradley Dack header, late in the second-half, to deny the home side a point and deliver another clean sheet. The Sheffield United loanee left the manager in awe of his last-ditch heroics. "It was incredible," said Neal in his post-match interview. "I kind of had my head in my hands there, thinking it was in. He changed direction and it's a wonderful save." The full post-match reaction from the manager is available to subscribers of our premium iFollow Dons channel. Neal had much to be pleased about as AFC Wimbledon produced the near perfect team performance, as they recorded a 1-0 win and their first away League One victory of the season at Rovers. "I'm immensely proud. I had...

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The Story of Grange Video

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Click here to view "The story of Grange" Video   “All winemakers should possess a good fertile imagination if they are to be successful in their craft.” MAX SCHUBERT, PENFOLDS FIRST CHIEF WINEMAKER 1931 In a sign of Max Schubert’s determination to make his mark on Australia’s wine industry, he did whatever he could to get his foot in the door at Penfolds, joining the company as a messenger boy in 1931. By 1948, at the age of 33, Max Schubert became Penfolds first Chief Winemaker.   1950 In the latter part of 1950, Schubert was sent to Europe to investigate winemaking practices in Spain & Portugal. On a side trip to Bordeaux, Schubert was inspired and impressed by the French cellared-style wines and dreamed of making ‘something different and lasting’ of his own.   1951 Back in Adelaide, in time for the 1951 vintage, Max Schubert set about looking for appropriate ‘raw material’ and Shiraz was his grape of choice. Combining traditional Australian techniques,...

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Talking Trade: Liv-ex 50 reaches new high

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The top five traded wines by value this week are all from Bordeaux. Lafite 2006, the most traded wine by value on the Exchange since Liv-ex’s inception, came top of the table for the first time in 2017. Haut Brion 2007 is the third most traded wine for the second week in a row; the wine was awarded the highest score out of all the First Growth’s (94) from Neal Martin’s June retrospective of the 2007 vintage.   Read the full article here....

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Three men have been arrested over a suspected City wine investment scam

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Recently Alys Key, a journalist for City AM published and article about a wine scam in which Millions were spent on wine which didn't exists. You can read the article here. Before you consider investing within the Fine Wine Market, it is important you understand the "rules" on how to safely trade this commodity. Wine Storage: Essential UK Agora advises clients to always store their wines within their own private accounts. This ensures that the ownership has been fully transferred. Although this may seem obvious, many companies hold the wines "in trust". Although this doesn't mean the company in question is fraudulent, by having complete control you enable an extra layer of security. Your investment is not dependent on a company's success.   UK Agora recommends the use of the London City Bond. "From London’s oldest bonded warehouse to the UK’s leading tax warehousing company LCB has an impeccable reputation with renowned drinks trade customers. Fine wine merchants and global investors entrust us with their storage in the...

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Finest & Rarest Wines 09 SEPTEMBER 2017 | 10:00 AM EDT | NEW YORK

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Sotheby’s is thrilled to mark the start of the fall season with an auction on 9 September consisting of over 1,200 lots of the world’s greatest wines. The sale begins with a compelling selection of treasures from the impeccable family cellar of a physician. Highlights of the Bordeaux-focused collection include Mouton’s celebrated 1982 vintage in bottles, magnums and double magnum and pristine full cases of 1989 Haut Brion and Lafite. Superlative offerings from California are also prominently featured, reflecting the passion and joy of two collectors in particular. Lots 104-351 feature cult sensations like Bryant, Colgin, Harlan, Screaming Eagle and Scarecrow in multiple formats. We are also ecstatic to be offering the greatest selection of Heitz and Mayacamas ever to be offered by Sothebys in The Classic California Collection (1968-2003). The Heitz collection features cabernet from Bella Oaks, Trailside, and the legendary Martha’s Vineyard in vintages dating back to 1974. The...

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