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6/07/2010

A New Way to Ship Wine

As a testament to the chateau's commitment to lowering its carbon footprint, 20,000 bottles of Smith Haut Lafitte are due to begin their journey from Bordeaux to Montreal on July 21 not by the usual container ship, but by a 106 year old British sailing ship called Bessie Ellen. Bessie Ellen will take the bottles on a slower and more expensive path than usual, but the owner and shipping company...

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25/06/2010

The Arrival of Wine-in-a-glass

The introduction at Marks & Spencer of Le Froglet's Wine-in-a-glass, an individual serving of either Chardonnay, Rosé, or Shiraz in a covered plastic glass has spurred a great deal of online discussion. Part of the story is the owner of the idea, Mr. James Nash, had his vision unkindly shot down by the BBC's Dragon's Den panel, who have been evidentially been proven wrong as Marks & Spencer...

25/06/2010

French wine to become the Coke of the wine world?

France has been slipping for a while from it's lofty seat at the top of the wine world  due to increased competition across the globe but also internal problems such as inconsistent quality standards, lack of government support, and the recent move among younger generations away from wine to beer and spirits. Yet the country's wine reputation still stems from having some of the world's top...

25/06/2010

I’d Like to Introduce Myself...

My name is Lauren Dickinson, and I’ve recently joined Uvinum to help out with the US and UK markets where the site’s presence is developing very quickly.

Although I currently live in Barcelona, I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and worked in the wine industry there for several years before moving to Europe last August.  I am happy to be working with my passion for wine here again, now...

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8/06/2010

How to read a wine label

In a bottle of wine there is much information to decode. The wine label is one of the most important since, along with the back label, the bottle type, the capsule and the cap, it's like a car registration or trademark. With it, besides enjoying its design (and commercial hallmark), you can find out the most important elements of wine: grape/s, the winemaker or winery and vintage.

Grape,...

15/03/2010

Uvinum USA is online!

And TechCrunch talks about us: Social wine site Uvinum uncorks in the US

Just last week, Uvinum a Spanish grown social wine recommendation portal took their first step into the English speaking market with the launch of the UK version.

Today Uvinum uncorks in the US, in a further effort to reach into mature ecommerce markets as part of their very quick, international expansion...

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4/03/2010

Uvinum.co.uk, the international social wine recommendations website

We just launched Uvinum.co.uk on March the 1st. It is our first international expansion since the launch of Uvinum Spain (www.uvinum.es) last December 15th. As we have posted before, Uvinum's purpose is to democratize wine knowledge worldwide. Thanks to users wine reviews and experts recommendations, Uvinum helps every wine lover find the most relevant wine to their consumer profile, using a...

24/02/2010

Are you ready for Uvinum UK?

We launched Uvinum.es (our Spanish site) on 15th December 2009. We started in Spain for several reasons, but mainly because all 3 co-founders live in Spain and know the wine sector perfectly. After 70 days on-line, the results have been awesome. We have steadily improved the quality of our services and of our platform and we have put our partners’ wine catalogues on-line: (Decantalo,...

14/10/2009

Uvinum, the origin

Translated from "Uvinum, el origen"

Nico Bour, our CEO, already announced that Uvinum came up from a conversation in Facebook, the most popular social network, using Web 2.0 right from the beginning. But would you like to discover what we wrote exactly to each other in those first messages exchanged between the Uvinum founders? Just keep reading.

A project

Nico Bour: "December 9, 2008 at...

29/09/2009

Wine: taste and feel it!

Last weekend I had the opportunity of tasting in my family's house in Provence a 1st Cru of Burgundy. A  Montracher Chassagne of 1999. And I started with my father, Henri Bour to make a comparison of tasting that both were having with this 100% Chardonnay. It came to my mind at that moment the hundred of times that many friends had told me that they never understand at all the wine they drank....