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UNSEEN ANDY WARHOL LABELS RELEASED BY NAPA WINERY

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Napa Valley winery Cuvaison has launched a new series of wines with ‘forgotten’ labels designed by Andy Warhol, who once said the original labels were “lousy”. The collaboration apparently began in early 1980s after Warhol was served a bottle of the Napa Valley Cuvaison wine at a dinner party in Switzerland hosted by his friend and the winery’s owner, Alexander Schmidheiny. When Schmidheiny asked what Warhol thought of the wine, Warhol replied, “What a lousy label,” and suggested a redesign. Commissioned by Cuvaison, Warhol took polaroids of grapes in a variety of patterns to create over 50 unique silkscreen prints for Cuvaison labels. The designs, however, were then forgotten about and left in a drawer until now. Thirty-five years on, Cuvaison, in association with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, has released the first limited-edition set of the ‘Andy Warhol by Cuvaison Collection’. The ‘Series One’ range is now available in Hong Kong and consists of...

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Boom Times for Austrian Wine

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An unheralded wine-producing region is enjoying the fruits of its labors – and the spotlight. By Natalie Sellers | Posted Friday, 16-Mar-2018 With a booming worldwide wine trade, it can be tough to pick the next big thing – but the central European country of Austria might just be it. Despite a small 2016 vintage, which reduced Austria's normal export volume by 3.3 percent to 46.8 million liters, the quality continued to be markedly high, leading to Austria's greatest export year for wine. A total increase of 7.4 percent was reported by the Austrian Wine Marketing Board, translating to a record total of €158.6 million ($195m), the first time Austria has made it past €150m. Austrian wine exports rose rapidly from the end of the 1990s, but hit a plateau in 2004. Three years later, another steep rise saw exports almost double by 2013. Growth halted then for another three years, but looks to be...

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Champagne Exports Hit Record Heights

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Life's a gas for bubbly producers as thirsty international markets drive sales through the roof. By Caroline Henry | Posted Wednesday, 21-Mar-2018 Champagne exports hit a new record last year, with new markets making up for a disappointing result in one of the region's traditional strongholds. Poor sales in the UK were attributed to a post-Brexit tightening of household purse strings and a devalued currency, but Asia helped producers forget about the gloomy British picture. The record value figure was carried by the increasing export sales – which are now just shy of 50 percent of the total production, with 153.5m bottles sold totaling €2.8bn, or 57.4 percent of the total sales value. In concrete terms this means export sales increased by 5.4m bottles compared to 2016. The French market share decreased slightly in volume (from 158m bottles to 153.8m bottles) but the sales value remained stable at €2.1bn. Over the weekend, the Comité Champagne...

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Metro: Grapes of wrath spilled in sacked worker’s revenge

A WINE worker emptied the equivalent of 33,000 bottles into the ground as ‘an act of revenge’ after he was sacked by the vineyard for fighting. The attack at Château Landereau, one of the most prestigious labels in France’s Bordeaux region, also included damage to tractors and buildings set on fire. Managers at Landereau, which is based in the village of Sadirac, estimate the cost of the damage at more than £150,000. Bordeaux correctional court heard the unnamed worker, who has since retrained as a lorry driver, was sacked last year. He told police he ‘went mad’ after downing a bottle of whisky and returned to the vineyard, where he opened two large tanks of wine — spilling the equivalent of 33,000 bottles — before using a pruner to sabotage a number of tractors. He was also accused of setting fire to buildings but denied the charge. The man, who was given a 15-month suspended...

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Cheer on the Dons: Tickets and Hospitality for Blackburn game

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AFC Wimbledon will be aiming to maintain the good home form shown so far in 2018 when League One leaders Blackburn visit next Tuesday and tickets are available for this match. Terrace tickets are available in advance from our online ticket shop, plus there are places also available for hospitality (see details at the bottom of this page). A cracking atmosphere in the Chemflow End helped Neal Ardley's men in pursuit of a last-gasp winner against Bristol Rovers on Saturday and tickets are available for this popular home terrace, plus the RyGas Stand (just £17 for adults). Of course, Blackburn Rovers are former Premier League Champions, having won the title back in 1995. Wimbledon faced Blackburn in the inaugural Premier League season and the home match on 19 September 1992 ended in a 1-1 draw with our manager Neal Ardley (pictured above in his playing days) on target! Alan Shearer struck the equaliser...

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FINE WINE INVESTMENT: PAST PERFORMANCES

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As we shall see, investing in fine wine is becoming more like investing in stocks and shares as the market expands, a feature attested to in many recent Liv-ex reports. This means that all investors have to be very careful as to what exactly they buy. You can’t just pick up a few cases and expect all to be well. The market is now much too broad for that. 30 years ago the range of availability was so narrow that virtually anything you bought went up in value. Not now, as is patently obvious from the evidence which follows. When assembling the portfolio a year ago we took the view that an overweight position in Bordeaux was merited as the recovery in prices from mid 2015 would lead to an improvement in confidence in the sector, and while that has been true for the ‘Super Seconds’ and the Second wines on the...

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The Million-Dollar Nose

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With his stubborn disregard for the hierarchy of wines, Robert Parker, the straight-talking American wine critic, is revolutionizing the industry -- and teaching the French wine establishment some lessons it would rather not learn. THE most influential critic in the world today happens to be a critic of wine. He is not a snob or an obvious aesthete, as one might imagine, but an ordinary American, a burly, awkward, hardworking guy from the backcountry of northern Maryland, about half a step removed from the farm. His name is Robert Parker Jr., Bob for short, and he has no formal training in wine. He lives near his childhood home, among the dairies and second-growth forests in a place called Monkton, which has a post office but no town center. A new interstate highway has reduced the drive to Baltimore to merely thirty minutes, but otherwise has had little effect. Monkton remains rural...

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Join us at the Wigan game for an extra special occasion

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Celebrate the fantastic news that Wimbledon are coming home by helping to create a cracking atmosphere for the match against Wigan this Saturday at 3 pm. We would love to hear the famous chant of 'Show me the way to Plough Lane' at full volume as the Dons aim to upset League One leaders Wigan Athletic. A key moment in AFC Wimbledon's history was written on Wednesday 13 December when the section 106 agreement was signed, paving the way for a move back to Plough Lane. The game will be a great opportunity for you to collect a very special match day programme, and more of your support would be really appreciated to cheer on Neal's boys. AFC Wimbledon's first ever captain Joe Sheerin and Leader of Merton Council, Stephen Alambritis, will join us as guests of honour at the match. They will be presented in the hospitality restaurant before the game, as well as at the...

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Bitcoin in a Bottle – The Investment Wines

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We look at which wines have provided the best returns over the past five years and find some surprises. By Don Kavanagh | Posted Saturday, 09-Dec-2017 It's a hoary old story, so often repeated that it has almost become an urban myth – if you had invested $100 in Bitcoin in 2011, you'd be a millionaire today. Of course, there would have been some fairly hair-raising ups and downs along the way, but if you had invested your $100 in the cryptocurrency you could have realised your investment on November 29 at a tidy $3,773,758.93. Of all the investment options, Bitcoin is the only one that has seriously challenged wine for returns in the past five years or so. Wine had better returns than real estate, gold and stocks last year and the top end appreciates at dizzying speed. Take a look at the big names of Burgundy – DRC, Leroy, Jayer and the rest...

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Tickets: Buy now for Wimbledon’s Wembley return against Spurs

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Tickets are now available to buy online for our Emirates FA Cup third round tie against Tottenham Hotspur, to be played at Wembley stadium on Sunday 7 January (kick off 3.00 pm). We will make a further announcement when we receive the tickets, which will mean that supporters can buy them in person from the office. Prices are £10 for adults and £5 for fans aged 65 and over and for under 18s.  We have been allocated 7,700 seats and Spurs are unable to increase this number however quickly we may sell out. We expect demand to be very high and so Season ticket holders, Dons Trust members and PLC shareholders may buy two tickets each.  They will have priority until 10.00 am on Monday 18 December.   After a brief break (explained below), any unsold tickets will go on general sale from 10.00 am on Tuesday 19 December. Purchases may be made online or by visiting...

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