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The role of sommelier has been redefined by a younger generation looking for adventure. Sommelier. For many, the word evokes images of a long-held cultural stereotype: A sniffing French man sent to restaurants tables to shame guests into choosing an expensive wine they don’t particularly want and won’t enjoy. Saw-mill-eeeeeaaaahhhhr. The word sounds crusty, reminiscent…

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After several major wildfires up and down the West Coast the past couple years, “smoke taint” has become a popular topic in the wine world. Though smoke taint—which occurs when smoke-exposed grapes lead to unwanted flavors in the final wine—is a real threat, the phenomenon isn’t well understood, often causing winemakers to be overly cautious, which can be…

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Which country’s wines feature most prominently on global wine lists, what varietals are most in demand, and what trends are likely to emerge in the next two years? A Sopexa survey of nearly 800 wine trade professionals in six key global markets, all at the sharp end of the industry, including importers, retailers, wholesalers and…

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There’s more to what makes a wine expensive than just the materials that made the wine. Sure, a $100 wine is much more expensive to make than a $10 wine. But is there such a big gap between a $100 wine and a $100,000 wine? What makes the world’s most expensive wines so expensive? Outside…

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The Australian grape and wine community is well known for its experimental and innovative attitudes towards growing and producing wine.The Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show (AAVWS) has both encouraged interest in different varieties and showcased new gems. With the next AAVWS to be held in Mildura from 7-10 November, it seems appropriate to gauge what’s happening…

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According to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), New Zealand has slipped from 14th to 16th largest wine producing country in 2017 after being overtaken by Hungary and Brazil. In 2018 wine production rose in Italy by 14%, France by 27% and Spain by 26%.Italy has been the largest wine producer since 2015 when it overtook France,…

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Bafflement and derision in capital as US president in spat with Macron slams wine trade tariffs as ‘not fair’………….   Read on…

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With 282 million hectolitres (mhl), 2018 vitivinicultural production is one of the highest since 2000. ●In Europe: Italy (48.5 mhl), France (46.4 mhl) and Spain (40.9 mhl) recorded very high production levels. Germany (9.8 mhl), Romania (5.2 mhl), Hungary (3.4 mhl) and Austria (3.0 mhl) have also forecasted harvests above their 5-year averages. Portugal (5.3…

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Sales of canned wine grew 43 percent in the U.S. from June 2017 to June 2018. While canned wine is still a tiny portion of the wider industry, it is one of the fastest growing categories thanks to millennial drinker. These cans can be brought to places that glasses cannot, like the beach, the park…

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  “It may be the biggest ever,” said Latour and while the Maconnais and Chablis were the chief beneficiaries of this boon, white-producing villages across the region had enjoyed large crops.   Read more…

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