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Rémy Cointreau has put its Piper-Heidsieck and Charles Heidsieck Champagne brands up for sale in a deal which could raise as much as 450 million euros. Possible suitors for the brands include other drinks conglomerates such as Diageo and Pernod Ricard but a private equity group could also snap up the champagne seller.

Decanter reports that Piper has never been profitable in the 20 years that Rémy Cointreau has owned it. While Piper president Anne-Charlotte Amory has spent the past few years trying to build the brand, the global recession chipped away at sales and the brand cut 45 jobs earlier this year.

By Deidre Woollard | Source :: www.luxist.com

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A new design by Fanakalo for a winery in Stellenbosch. The black is all high-build. Instead of filling the white space with a texture we filled it with an embossed illustration of clouds above the mountain. Makes for an overall very visual and tactile design.

Design by Fanakalo.

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If you just can't get enough Twitter now you can enjoy it in a whole new form: wine. Appropriately called Fledgling the label is a collaboration between Twitter and Crushpad in Napa Valley and launched with two vintages: a 2009 Chardonnay and a 2009 Pinot Noir. I haven't tried them yet myself but according to Slashfood the Pinot is pretty good.

Perhaps the best part of this whole Twitter wine endeavor is that The Fledgling Initiative sends $5 of every bottle sold to the non-profit organization Room to Read, which makes literacy and educational programs available to children around the world and for The Fledgling Initiative specifically in Uttarakhand, India. Fledgling Wine is currently only available online for $25/bottle or $300/case, and you can stay abreast of the latest news by following the brand on Twitter at @fledgling.

By Rigel Celeste | Source :: www.luxist.com

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The International Business Times reports that a massive imperial-size bottle of Cheval Blanc 1947 has set a new world record for a single bottle sold at auction. The bottle (which hold the equivalent of eight standard sized bottles) was found in the secret cellar of a wine collector.

It sold for $304,580 on Tuesday at the fine wine auction at Christie's in Geneva. Just last month the record for the most expensive wine bottle had been set in Hong Kong when three bottles of Châteaux Lafite-Rothschild 1869 sold at a Hong Kong auction by Sotheby's for an astounding hammer price of $232,692 a bottle (the Lafite-Rothschild is still the champ if you are measuring price per milliliter).

By Deidre Woollard | Source :: www.luxist.com

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We've heard a lot recently about the growing appetite for wine, especially French wine. Decanter reports that the 2008 vintage of Chateau Lafite Rothschild (the Luxist Awards winner for Best International Red Wine) will bear the Chinese symbol for the figure eight on the bottle. The symbol is in celebration of Chateau Lafite Rothschild's partnership with CITIC, China's largest state-owned investment company on the peninsula of Penglai in Shandong province, an area said to be China's Bordeaux.

A spokesperson for Lafite Rothschild commented that the "shape of the symbol seems to offer a perfect representation of the slopes of the vineyard and commemorates the launch of our Chinese wine project." The small symbol might also help the wine be even more popular in China, the figure eight is considered very auspicious. The Decanter article also mentions the speculation that Château Mouton-Rothschild may choose a Chinese artist to design the label for its 2008 vintage.

By Deidre Woollard | Source :: www.luxist.com

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