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Canned wine sales are bursting at the seams

In less than a decade, sales of wine in cans have jumped from just $2 million in 2012 to $183.6 million over the 52-week period ending July 11. Representing nearly 1.8 million cases of wine, the past year’s sales vaulted 68 percent higher than those of the previous 52 weeks, according to Nielsen data.

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EU to change duty threshold on alcohol

European Union member states have agreed to raise the alcohol threshold for reduced excise duties in order to encourage people to switch to lighter beers. European Union member states provisionally agreed to update excise duty rules on alcohol within the EU last month. The new regulations, which are subject to further approval from the European […]

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Blog: Accelerating transformations to organic wine production

According to the 2019 UN report on the state of world biodiversity and ecosystem services, biodiversity losses are jaw-dropping in economic terms. Pollinator loss has put up to USD$577bn (AUD$811bn) of crop output at risk, while land degradation has reduced the productivity of 23% of global land.

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Bordeaux vintners look to Provence

Some of Bordeaux’s leading vintners are looking to Provence. French billionaire, vintner and hotelier Michel Reybier and his family have acquired Château La Mascaronne in the Côtes de Provence appellation from American Tom Bove.

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Blog: Why wine matters

This spring, as the coronavirus pandemic swamped the world, sales of wine in America skyrocketed. In April, San Francisco-based online retailer Wine.com was shipping 50,000 bottles a day. One theory had it that people were buying to make sure they had enough wine on hand if things got even worse.

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Champagne losing its fizz as global pandemic clobbers sales

Producers in France’s eastern Champagne region, headquarters of the global industry, say they’ve lost an estimated 1.7 billion euros ($2 billion) in sales for this year, as turnover fell by a third — a hammering unmatched in living memory, and worse than the Great Depression.

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COVID is bringing a painful evolution to the wine business

Experts see a recovery of the US wine market and overall economy on the horizon but concede that many wineries may not be able to get there. Five months into the global COVID-19 pandemic, the wine industry continues to be held back by losses from the on-premise sector and tasting rooms. The current challenges represent […]

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Associations demand end to wine and spirits tariffs

Some 17 associations representing both the US and European wine and spirit trades have submitted comments opposing proposals for further US tariffs on wine, beer and spirits. The industry bodies have submitted comments to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) after news of another tariff review last month.

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Blog: Nature and nurture at Sicilian vineyard

Off the toe of Italy’s boot lies Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Thanks to nearly year-round sunshine and rich soils courtesy of Mount Etna, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, the terroir is ideal for thriving grape vines and excellent wines.

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Champagne fails to agree on 2020 yields

The occurrence is rare in a region where agreement is generally the norm – on July 22 Champagne winegrowers and negociants failed to agree on yield levels for the 2020 harvest. The COVID-19 crisis, which has made a significant dent in Champagne sales, is creating tension in Champagne.

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French researchers unlock a secret to wine bitterness: oak barrels

A study reveals how one chemical compound in oak barrels may be the culprit for some less welcome flavours in wine. Fans of full-bodied reds and spicy Chardonnays know they can, in part, thank oak barrels for the toasty, nutty vanilla flavours and smooth textures found in their favourite wines. But could wood be adding […]

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¡Salud! brings coronavirus testing to vulnerable vineyard workers

In wine, there have been all kinds of restructuring. Tasting room protocol is now built around social distancing and maximum sanitation, while winemakers fill their cars with cases and offer porch delivery to those hunkering down. Industry events have paused or moved online, and the crowds normally descending on Oregon wine country in late spring […]

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Brits almost halve alcohol intake during lockdown

Brits consumed 1.3 billion litres of alcohol during the UK’s lockdown period, almost half the 2 billion litres recorded during the same period last year, according to new data from Nielsen Scantrack and CGA.

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Blog: What’s the future of virtual wine tastings?

While the present is still grim in some areas (such as South Africa), many wine regions have open up their tasting rooms even in a limited, socially distant capacity. That’s been sure relief for cash-strapped wineries and a welcome respite for wine lovers who need to digitally detox.

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Gap between Chinese wine and imported wine consumption is narrowing

For a long time, it’s believed Chinese wine is dominating the domestic wine market in China, responsible for at least 70% of wines consumed, mainly from the country’s two biggest producers, Changyu Pioneer Wine Company and GreatWall.

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France’s 8-year-olds head off to wine school

When we look back on grade-school field trips, we remember the planetarium, the wildlife refuge, the open-air living history museum with the butter churns and wooden looms. We do not recall any visits to facilities for the production and promotion of alcoholic beverages. But in France, as they’ll tell you, wine is much more than […]

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