The August edition of Drinks International publishes the “World’s Most Admired Wine Brands” ranking, where the Chilean Concha y Toro obtained the top position in the list, being nominated the most number of times and surpassing long established brands like Torres, Vega Sicilia, Antinori, Penfolds and Jacob’s Creek, to mention just some.

In recent years, Concha y Toro’s position as an industry leader has become established. However, this is the first time it has been recognized and admired by some of the most influential figures in the wine business.

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It wasn't too long ago that traditional riojas and sherries were the only wines associated with Spain. And while the crazy popularity of Spanish cuisine has definitely bolstered appreciation for the country's wines in America, Katrin Naelapaa, executive director of Wines From Spain, makes it her business to ensure Spanish grapes get just as much love as their Italian and French counterparts. Naelapaa, who's been with the company since 1992, tells Inc. how she helped build the once-fledgling industry into a $2 billion export business.

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On March 20, Champagne House Perrier-Jouët celebrated its bicentenary with the unveiling of Bi-Centenaire—the very first Living Legacy champagne designed to be passed on to future generations.

An exclusive guest list gathered for the unveiling of a new kind of Champagne experience by the house renowned globally for its Belle Époque Cuvée. Guests were also treated to the unveiling of a new work of art commissioned from American artist Daniel Arsham, designed to embody the spirit of Bi-Centenaire—a true invitation to celebrate life.

Perrier-Jouët Bi-Centenaire tells the unexpected tale of a great vintage wine with two stories. The first takes place today: a champagne-lover treats himself to a magnum of Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque 1998. Many years later, a descendant in turn enjoys a magnum of Belle Epoque 1998, passed down through the generations, preciously stored in a private cellar in Perrier-Jouët for up to 100 years.

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Just 200 guests from 10 countries attended the private launch, set in the stunning glass courtyard of the iconic Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, symbolizing Perrier-Jouët’s passionate family spirit for passing on artisanal and artistic craftsmanship. Guests enjoyed a unique exhibition of photographic portraits by legendary Studio Harcourt, showcasing iconic examples of family legacy including French movie stars Alain Delon and daughter Anouchka, American model and actress Jerry Hall and daughter Georgia May Jagger, Catherine Deneuve and son Christian Vadim, the world’s oldest Circus dynasty Patriarch Sampion Bouglione and son Francesco, France’s oldest jeweller Olivier Mellerio and daughter Emilie, and more.

The evening concluded with the unveiling of Daniel Arsham’s unique diptych sculpture, revealing glimpses of the bottles through an original and distinctive architecture, designed to express the philosophy of this champagne. “It was this spirit of Perrier-Jouët continuity that I wanted to illustrate by creating a diptych that combined both the essence of Perrier-Jouët and my universe. My initial inspiration came from Perrier-Jouët’s vines and its cellars, the detail of Emile Gallé’s anemone flower,” commented Daniel Arsham.

Perrier-Jouët Bi-Centenaire is available in very limited quantities (100 pieces only) at the Champagne House’s Boutique in Epernay and by appointment only including a privileged hospitality experience. It is also available through the exclusive Pernod Ricard network for an average RSP of 10,000 euros.

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Parducci’s True Grit Wine

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Parducci Winery in Mendocino county has been making True Grit Petite Sirah wine for a while but the wine is getting new attention because of the upcoming Ethan and Joel Coen remake of the John Wayne classic Western, True Grit. The wine got its Hollywood turn last week. Wine Spectator reports that Parducci partner Tim Thornhill poured the wine at the cast screening of the movie and that Paramount purchased 100 extra bottles for distribution to their media contacts.

The wine got its name before the new movie but does takes its name from the original. As the story goes, several years ago a publicist dubbed the wine a "John Wayne among reds." The True Grit label shows a worn pair of boots with spurs. The latest vintage (2007) is available on the winery website for $19.99 a bottle. It's described as having aromas of ripe fruit, white pepper and vanilla with blackberry, dark chocolate, pepper and caramel flavors.

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Almost each season, Perrier-Jouët collaborates with renowned artists and celebrities to create another project to mirror the nature of the refined champagne. This fall, the brand unveiled a series of watercolour illustrations by Kareem Iliya, who dedicated his visuals to the theme of the Dandy Ball. Now, ahead of Christmas celebrations and exquisite parties, the brand presents a nice follow-up, “a lavish leather bag containing a bottle of Perrier-Jouët Fleur de Champagne, two glasses and a notebook on the art of drinking champagne,” which is sure to add to the festive spirit.

The gorgeous dandy bag by leatherwork designer, Isaac Reina and the Champagne Notebook by David Piper, which contains illustrations by Kareem Iliya, are celebrating the iconic colours of the brand—black, pistache green (they are the dominant ones here) and white— as well as the classical pattern on the brand, the gorgeous anemones, which are embossed on the leather. This series of state-of-art bags is limited to 40 pieces for the whole world, each numbered and signed by Reina. The accessories, inspired by the style of the famous brand, can be purchased from quality wine retailers and department stores.

“When I draw, I always consider the intimate relationship between man and the object. Here, I imagined what bag would be suitable for Oscar Wilde,” commented Reina. The list of art&craft collaborations of the brand also includes a magnificent lacework case by Christofle and Van Cleef and Arpels white gold and diamond brooch.

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