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Familia Torres concludes harvest with ancestral variety Pirene in the Pyrenees foothills

Images by Jordi Elias, courtesy of Familia Torres. Renowned Spanish winery Familia Torres has concluded the harvest of its Catalan vineyards with Pirene, an ancestral variety which grows in the Sant Miquel de Tremp vineyard at an elevation of 950 metres in the foothills of the Pyrenees in the province of Lleida. Pirene is one […]

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Diversity talk urges wine industry to own up to its privilege

Wine education to diploma level costs upwards of £10,000 – a number which has been used to highlight the issues involved in making the wine industry a more diverse and inclusive place. Yesterday morning’s diversity and inclusion talk via the Winetraders spoke bluntly about the ways in which the wine industry, often the preserve of […]

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Bordeaux wine shipper uses wine residues as fuel

An experiment processing grape pomace to extract ethanol is underway in Bordeaux. The experiment began in November 2019 at the logistics and bottling site at Beychac-et-Caillau, in the Bordeaux region, and in Nîmes in Southern France, two of the seven plants belonging to shipping firm Johanès Boubée.

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EU trade agreement boosts wine imports to Japan

Japan’s Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union has fostered a big increase in sparkling wine imports from countries like France, Spain, and Italy. The partnership has led to a major increase in shipments of sparkling wine from countries like France, Spain, and Italy, with imports increasing year on year by around 20%.

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English wine harvest has winemakers enthusing about exceptional quality

English winemakers are now coming to the end of their harvest, which has been one of the earliest ever recorded thanks to the warm temperatures last month, and reports are that the grape quality is excellent.

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China Brew China Beverage: a strong signal for the beverage industry

The need for B2B networking and information was high – it was palpable at the world’s second-largest trade fair in the beverage and liquid food industry. China Brew China Beverage (CBB) took place from October 13 to 16, 2020 in Shanghai. Due to the coronavirus, the trade fair had a largely national focus, although 101 […]

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US wine consumption growth led by Millennials and Gen X

In the US, wine consumption growth has been by led by Millennial and Gen X drinkers, followed closely by Gen Z (21-24). However, Boomers+, who account for over a third of US regular wine drinkers have not increased their wine consumption frequency to the same extent.

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Sonoma growers expect smoke damage to cost over $150 million

Sonoma County winegrape growers are expecting to lose at least $152 million from this year’s harvest as a result of fruit damaged by wildfire smoke, a local trade group for the sector said Tuesday. A survey by Sonoma County Winegrowers estimated up to 30% of the 2020 crop was left unpicked on the vines because […]

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US winery declares climate emergency, commits to climate positive operations by 2030

Leading US wine producer Fetzer Vineyards has announced it has signed a climate emergency declaration letter that recognises the need to take definitive climate action now “to avoid irreversible changes to the planet and its inhabitants arising from the climate crisis”.

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Using analytical chemistry to put an end to corked wine

There are seven common faults that can be identified in wines, although a limited degree of some may be appreciated as “pleasant” by some consumers. These faults include oxidation (in excess), reduction, Brett (caused by Brettanomyces yeast), excess sulfur dioxide (SO2) (naturally produced during wine making and used to stabilise wines), volatile acidity, out of […]

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Punctured tanks to pilfered grapes, global wine crimes and blunders run rampant

The world’s most nefarious practitioners of winecrime are always innovating. In recent months, the bad guys of wine have raised their game, moving on from moving tankers and changing out of their wine-stealing pants, with ever-sneakier schemes to snag prized bottles, and even grapes.

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US: wineries deploy ozone to clean smoke exposed grapes

Ozone, long used in the wine industry as a sanitizing agent for the crush-pad, is also sometimes used to clean barrels, but few people are aware that ozone has also been used to treat grapes for making wines with less added SO2; or that ozone has been used to alleviate bacteria in vineyards that can […]

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Are virtual wine fairs the future or the end of wine fairs?

At the end of 2019, everyone in the wine industry expected a wonderful year of 2020. Yet, 2020 is nothing but a nightmare so far. It has been almost one year since the novel coronavirus was discovered and yet the pandemic has not been over.

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Champagne enjoys August bounce back

The latest shipment figures for Champagne show a summertime bounce back for the French fizz, but it’s not enough to offset the declines from the springtime lockdowns. As the figures for August shipments of Champagne show, during this single month the volume of Champagne shipments grew by more than 15% compared to August 2019, representing […]

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GI protection post-Brexit: What food and drink producers need to know

The Brexit transition period is due to end in less than three months. Given this deadline, food and beverage producers with Geographical Indication protected products may well be wondering what this means for their businesses come January 1, 2021.

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750,000 UK hospitality jobs at risk, survey reveals

A survey commissioned by industry bodies UKHospitality, the British Institute of Innkeeping and the British Beer & Pub Association has warned that 750,000 jobs could be lost without further financial support.

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