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Fine Wine and Craft Beer: Friends or Foes?

The notion that consumers of fine wine and craft beer inhabit separate planets and that appealing to either is a zero-sum game is all, well. . . wet, according to a recent report from the industry group, Wine Market Council. The Council’s research focused on so-called “high frequency” wine drinkers, who drink wine at least weekly and buy more than…

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Bad Reviews For Wine Reviewers

Bad Reviews For Wine Reviewers

“Flinty.” “Leathery.” “Hauting.” “Vegetal.” These are all terms wine reviewers use to describe what they’re drinking. Does anyone—beside the writer—really understand them? Apparently not, at least according to a recent survey done for an online wine merchant. Some 55 percent of respondents said wine critics’ legion of fancy descriptors were confusing and did nothing to help them understand what a…

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Bulk Wine Bulks Up

Bulk Wine Bulks Up

Bulk wine is a steadily growing part of the New World wine export market and will likely continue in the future, according to a report recently issued by Rabobank, a Netherlands-based agricultural business bank. For the first decade of the 21st Century, the report states, bulk wine exports have gone from comprising one-fifth of all wine exports to almost one…

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Gazing Into the Crystal Ball

Predicting the future is hardly an exact science. After all, 20 years ago, who could have foreseen that we’d all be walking around with tiny computers in our pockets with more processing power than the bulky desktop computers that filled our offices? But several people have given it a try, and the consensus on the future of wine drinking in…

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The Wine Industry and Climate Change

In the coming decades, the great wine-producing regions of the world could no longer be in France, Italy, Australia and California. They may well be in China, India, Sweden, Great Britain and Montana. China? Montana? It’s indeed possible, say some climatologists. And it’s all due to climate change—or global warming, if you will—the steady warming of earth’s temperatures and increase…

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Millennials Putting Their Mark on the Wine Industry

Millennials Putting Their Mark on the Wine Industry

If the face of the older generation of wine drinkers was Orson Welles rumbling about not selling any wine before its time, the face of a new generation of wine drinkers is Facebook. And Twitter and Instagram and Pinterest.   To adults between the ages of 18 and 33—dubbed the Millennial generation—Facebook, Twitter and the whole range of social media…

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