The Wine Industry Could Face Tough Times in 2020

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Since the 2019 North Coast harvest, I have reported on the significant shock waves facing the wine industry. The past decade was generally very positive. The economy remained quite strong, and producers had great depletions and could...

Interview: Catching Up with Coravin

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When Coravin launched in 2013, this innovative technology reshaped the wine-drinking experience at home and on-premise. Today the company continues to expand its tech throughout the world of wine. Coravin also recently announced a...

Palm Bay Introduces High Heaven Vintners

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Wine and spirits importer Palm Bay International has announced the addition of High Heaven Vintners to its portfolio. Located in Washington State, east of the Cascade Mountains in Columbia Valley’s Rain Shadow, High Heaven Vintners...

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...

Winery Showcase: Foppiano Vineyards

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With 124 years in Sonoma County, Foppiano Vineyards has always been quintessential to the region. The 200-acre property includes 120 acres of vineyards, bordering the Russian River. “We can speak ‘Russian River’ with our wines because we...

Legendary Beaujolais Winemaker Georges Duboeuf Dies at 86

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Georges Duboeuf, the influential winemaker behind the Beaujolais Nouveau movement, passed away from a stroke on Saturday at the age of 86. Duboeuf first launched Nouveau commercially in Europe in 1974. Made from gamay grapes...

Preparing for Post-Holiday Retail Sales

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The gift-giving holidays are over, with many people staring down larger-than-usual credit card bills. Spending declines. January, February and March are months when many consumers par down their personal budgets — especially for shopping...

How to Retail Wine in 2020

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It appears that the long bull market run of wine sales is beginning to plateau. In 2018, there was a tiny increase in wine sales, and it seems that 2019 will be rather flat. Keep in...

Tasting the 2019 Beaujolais Nouveau

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Every November, wine-lovers from around the world raise a glass in celebrating Beaujolais Nouveau Day. Made from gamay grapes in the Beaujolais region, Nouveau is bottled six-to-eight weeks after harvest. This young wine is known...

40 Alcohol Gift Ideas for Holiday Season 2019

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Holiday season is right around the corner. Soon, consumers will head out in search of gifts for friends, family and co-workers. High-end spirits, beer and wine remain a staple of gift giving — especially...

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