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It’s a top tool of organic grape growers. But is copper sulfate truly safe for vineyards? A new push by European leaders to reduce—and eventually eliminate—copper compounds used by organic and biodynamic winegrowers is making the future of organic viticulture uncertain in some wine regions.   Read on…

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“The die is cast: the political debate on glyphosate, which is certainly not the most dangerous molecule, is a good example of what to expect”, said Jean-Marie Barillère, chairman of the association of Champagne houses, at the AGM of the Champagne winegrowers’ association on December 6 in Epernay.   Read on…

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The wine world and the UK on-trade, in particular, are in mourning following the announcement of the death of Gerard Basset MS MW MBA OBE. The godfather of British sommeliers passed away at home yesterday after a 15-month battle with oesophageal cancer.   Read on…

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LISBON (Reuters) – Wine output from Europe’s fifth-largest producer Portugal slumped by an estimated 20 percent this year to two-decade lows due to a heatwave in August and heavy rains that interrupted harvesting in October. The National Statistics Institute said all the country’s wine-producing regions were likely to churn out just 5.2 million hectolitres, in…

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In a modern wine landscape that values the offbeat and interesting, wine lovers need not look to far-off lands in order to find unique grape varieties. Dozens of native grapes are hiding in plain sight, tucked into the vineyards of Southwest France’s diverse appellations. Even for in-the-know oenophiles, there’s much to discover from the indigenous…

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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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