In brief

Decanter - - A MONTH IN WINE -

■ Rai­monds Tom­sons, head som­me­lier of Vin­cents restau­rant in Riga, Latvia has been named Best Som­me­lier of Europe & Africa by the ASI (As­so­ci­a­tion de la Som­mel­lerie In­ter­na­tionale). Piotr Pi­etras of Poland came sec­ond, while Ju­lia Scavo of Ro­ma­nia and David Bi­raud of France shared third place.

■ Sci­en­tists in Ger­many have pin­pointed botry­tis cinerea as the most noble fun­gus af­fect­ing wine grapes. Analysing sam­ples of Ries­ling and Gewürz­traminer, re­searchers found that botry­tis was the only fun­gus that cre­ated ‘pos­i­tive aro­matic notes’ in the grapes.

■ Som­me­lier Ger­ard Basset has added yet an­other ac­co­lade to the string of letters after his name, as the Or­gan­i­sa­tion de la Vigne et du Vin named him Mas­ter of Science in Wine Man­age­ment. Basset re­mains the only per­son in the world to si­mul­ta­ne­ously hold the Mas­ter of Wine, Mas­ter Som­me­lier and Wine MBA ti­tles.

■ Berry Bros & Rudd has opened a new Lon­don shop on Pall Mall, fol­low­ing ‘grow­ing cus­tomer de­mand’. The com­pany’s orig­i­nal premises at No 3 St James, oc­cu­pied since 1698, will be re­tained for wine consultancy and events ser­vices.

■ This year’s Auc­tion Napa Val­ley raised $ 15.7 mil­lion for lo­cal char­i­ties, with one lot from Col­gin Cel­lars fetch­ing $2.1m on its own. The 37th an­nual auc­tion was or­gan­ised by Napa Val­ley Vint­ners and chaired by the Cop­pola fam­ily of In­glenook. The char­ity event also ben­e­fited from large-for­mat bot­tle do­na­tions from Anti­nori and Staglin fam­ily es­tates.

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