How The Major Sparkling Wine Categories Are Currently Performing

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U.S. sales of all types of sparkling wine are on fire. Italy’s Prosecco leads the way – up 27 percent by volume for the 52 weeks ending Sept. 10, 2016 – but France’s Champagne,...

Why Consumers Care About Sustainable Wines

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As Americans pay more attention to where their foods come from and the farm-to-table movement picks up steam, it’s natural for consumers to start asking the same questions about their wines. There’s evidence that such...

Spanish Secret: 5 Reasons To Drink Empordà Wine

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About an hour north of Barcelona is the Spanish region of Empordà. This coastal Catalonian area is known internationally for its Mediterranean beauty and the resulting tourism, and for containing one of the world’s...

How Important Are Product Ratings?

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Wine and spirits professionals gathered at the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Alumni Event on May 2 to discuss the importance of scores for wine and spirits. Led by WSET’s International Development Manager, David Wrigley, the panel (pictured...

Organic Vs. BioDynamic Wine: What’s The Difference?

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Prior to the Industrial Revolution, all farming was organic by today’s standards. Nowadays, the norm in commercial agriculture is to boost crop productivity with chemicals, hormones and genetically modified organisms. In conventional grape growing for...

Tasting: Pascual Toso And The Evolution of Argentinian Wine

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Argentinian wines are evolving. They were the fifth most imported wines into America in 2014, only 3,000 gallons behind France, according to the 2015 Beverage Information Group Wine Handbook. And their presence and quality seem...

Are Single-Vineyard and Estate-Grown Wines Better?

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What’s in a wine label? Loads of information. There’s a brand name or producer, of course, and a geographic description of origin. A year, if the wine is vintage-dated, and perhaps the name of a...

How Wines Become Sweet

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Grapes are sweet, but most wines are not. Wines are traditionally fermented “dry,” because this has been the easiest way to make wine for thousands of years. During fermentation, yeasts feed on sugar and convert...

Lillet Joins Pernod Ricard Profile

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Pernod Ricard has picked up another aperitif for American distribution. Lillet, a wine-based aperitif produced in Bordeaux, has joined the Pernod Ricard USA portfolio of premium spirit and wine brands. The addition was effective January 1,...

7 Wine Trends To Watch In 2017

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What trends will define wine in 2017? Various factors are in play. With such diversity among global products, and with Millennials gaining more interest in the category, effective marketing remains important. And there are plenty of trends...

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