In brief

Decanter - - A MONTH IN WINE -

■ English wine ac­counted for 1,500 of the 3,052 bot­tles bought for the UK govern­ment’s hos­pi­tal­ity cellar in the 2016/2017 tax year, For­eign Of­fice figures show. At ‘high-pro­file re­cep­tions’, 52% of wine con­sumed was English, whereas 10 years ago, just 20% of wines served at such events were pro­duced in Eng­land.

■ Co­ravin has added a re­seal­able screw­cap ver­sion to its ar­gon gas­based wine preser­va­tion sys­tem col­lec­tion. Ac­cord­ing to in­ven­tor and com­pany founder Greg Lam­brecht, the new caps will keep wine fresh for up to three months, when used in con­junc­tion with the orig­i­nal Co­ravin sys­tem.

■ An Xped­itr ‘emer­gency re­sponse team’ re­moved 20,000 bot­tles worth up to $5 mil­lion from the col­lec­tions of anx­ious res­i­dents in Florida and other nearby US states, as September’s hur­ri­cane Irma was ap­proach­ing, the spe­cial­ist lo­gis­tics com­pany re­ported to Reuters. Some bot­tles pre-dated World War I.

■ Aymeric de Gironde, MD of Cos d’Es­tour­nel in St-Estèphe, is to cross to Bordeaux’s Right Bank to work with the new owner of Château Tro­p­long Mon­dot in St-Emil­ion, re­cently ac­quired by in­sur­ance group Scor. De Gironde re­placed Jean- Guil­laume Prats at Cos d’Es­tour­nel in Fe­bru­ary 2013, and told De­canter he would be leav­ing ‘by mid- Oc­to­ber at the latest’.

■ New Zealand is gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity as a wine tourism des­ti­na­tion. Trade body NZ Wine­grow­ers re­ports one in four visi­tors to the coun­try now in­clude a visit to a vine­yard or win­ery, com­pared to just over one in 10 four years ago.

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