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To save Cabernet from climate change, university studies rootstock and clone combinations

University of California cooperative extension, Beckstoffer Vineyards and Duarte Nursery are launching an ambitious Cabernet Sauvignon rootstock and clone trial in the Red Hills of Lake County to give the varietal greater resilience to climate change. Cabernet sauvignon is California’s second top-selling varietal by volume, just behind chardonnay. Source: UCANR

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UK shoppers trade up to higher priced wine

Wine is currently the largest category in the BWS sector and Nielsen data shows sales increased 0.9% in the 52 weeks to 15 June 2019, with promising signs of growth in higher price brackets. Simon Doyle of Concha Y Toro commented,“ consumers are paying a bit more, and it is those small increments that matter”. […]

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Two challenges to Prosecco’s success

Two challenges the Prosecco region is facing, ironically as a direct result of their massive success, are the politics and legality of combing two of the strongest wine consumer trends in recent memory — Prosecco, and rosé wine, and the environmental impact of success. Source: Forbes

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Near-perfect conditions quicken winegrape harvest

Near-perfect conditions after heavy late-spring rains have helped the winegrape crop meet its traditional mid-August start of harvest in California’s main growing regions. Source: Western Farm Press

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Restaurant spending set to hit high in 2019 as consumers spend more of their budget on dining out

In America, sales at eating and drinking establishments are up over 4 per cent this year, according to data from the US Census Bureau, surpassing grocery sales at just 3%. The National Restaurant Association projects overall industry sales will hit a new high of $863 billion in 2019, up 3.6% year over year. Source: CNBC

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Shift to more intense rains threatens historic Italian winery

Wine lovers may appreciate a dry white, but a lack of steady rainfall brought on by a changing climate is threatening a centuries old winemaking tradition in Italy, according to an international team of scientists. Source: Science Daily

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Wine’s biggest problem? Consumers don’t care about wine

There is a lot written about the wine industry’s inability to truly connect with more consumers about what wine is all about and why there is so much to discover if only people took the time to look. But why should they? Source: The Buyer

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Chinese winery Silver Heights to become biodynamic

China’s leading winery Silver Heights is in the process of converting its vineyards and winemaking to biodynamic viticulture. The winery’s 70ha of vineyards are farmed organically already, although not certified, and are undergoing a conversion to biodynamic viticulture. Source: Vino-joy

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Oddbins owner lost £10m and AWRS prior to administration

The parent company of UK wine retailer Oddbins lost £10 million in 2018, and was stripped of its alcohol wholesale registration scheme licence (AWRS) six months before its retail businesses were placed in administration. Source: The Drinks Business

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St Emilion 2012 classification trial set for 2020

The long-running saga around the St Emilion classification of 2012 will go to court next year, as a Bordeaux magistrate accused the owners of Angélus and Trotte Vieille of illegal interference in the process. Source: The Drinks Business

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Bollinger uses historic Champagne grapes to combat climate change

Bollinger is replanting the historic grapes of Champagne to combat the effects of a warming climate. Bollinger deputy cellar master, Denis Bunner commented, “in the last 30 years due to global warming the acidity has reduced in Champagne [on average] by 1.3 g/l, and it will continue to fall, so these old grape varieties could […]

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Hungary to produce 3m hectolitres of wine in 2019

Hungary is expected to produce between 2.8-3.2 million hectolitres of wine this year, according to the head of winegrowers’ association HNT, Dávid Brazsil. Brazsil said while the scale of production would depend on the weather late in August and early in September, the vintage was expected to be a very good one. Source: Hungary Today

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New viticultural research block to be planted in Napa Valley

Larkmead Vineyards has announced the planting of a three-acre research block, which will host several different grape varieties, clones, and rootstocks for trial purposes as Napa Valley’s climate changes. “The goal is to have more biodiversity and climate resilient vineyards while continuing to produce better and better wines”, says viticulturist Kelly Maher. Source: Wine Business

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Florida opens door to out-of-state retailer shipping

As of August 1, Florida residents can order and receive wine from out-of-state retailers through common carriers. That’s big news for fine wine retailers looking to ship to consumers in the Sunshine State, which represents a huge market for alcohol sales. Source: Wine Spectator

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Sherry’s new regulations

Jerez-Xérès-Sherry is the oldest Denomination of Origin in Spain, and its wines and those of the Manzanilla de Sanlúcar DO. Both DOs appear to be set for a rehaul as an amendment to allow nonfortified wines into the category has reportedly been passed by the European Commission and will come into effect within a matter of weeks. Source: […]

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WSET reports record annual candidate figures

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has reported its highest ever annual candidate figures for the last academic year. In 2018/2019 a total of 108,557 candidates, up 15% from the previous year, took a WSET qualification, breaking the 100,000 barrier for the first time. Source: Harpers

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