Global wine consumption in the pandemic year reached the lowest recorded level of consumption since 2002, and China is the key driver for the downward trend, says OIV.
The notorious wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan, aka Mr Conti, has been deported to his native country Indonesia last week from the US after spending seven years in jail for defrauding wine collectors millions of dollars.
Fine wine merchant, Sarment, is shutting down its business in mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan, less than two years after it was sold to Paolo Bulgari.
The winners for Japan’s biggest wine competition, Sakura Awards, are announced. Despite Covid, the competition received the highest number of entries.
Deep-pocketed Asian buyers now make up the majority of global wine and spirits buyers at auctions for top brands from DRC to Macallan.
Not all Japanese whisky is really Japanese whisky. For the first time, Japan introduced new regulations to clearly define the sought-after spirit. Mari Yasuda details the new changes and charts the history of Japanese whisky.
While Covid-19 is confining people at home, virtual tour taking visitors to experience sake and shochu production is booming in Japan, writes Mari Yasuda.
Some superlative lots including five vintages of 100-point Harlan magnums, Screaming Eagle magnums and a collection of 6-liter imperials from Opus One will go under hammer at the inaugural ‘Direct from the Cellar: Napa Valley Library Wine Auction’.
Two men were arrested in Macau for trafficking over US$3 million worth of liquid cocaine in eight wine bottles, the first case of its kind busted in the gambling city.
Japan’s wine imports in 2020 dropped by 7% in volume in 2020 compared with the previous year, as stay-at-home requests during the pandemic reduced wine consumption at restaurants and bars.