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WINE & CHEESE GANG BUSTED

For a bunch of thieves they certainly have good taste.  In what’s being considered one of the biggest “wine and cheese busts” in recent Italian history, a group of ten people have been arrested by police for stealing more than $25O,OOO in fine wines and gourmet cheeses.  They were apprehended...
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PROSECCO DOC BANS CHEMICAL SPRAY

PROSECCO IS STAYING ahead of the growing issue of pesticide use in vineyards. Grape growers for the Prosecco DOC are set to be prohibited from using three chemical sprays, including one that was only recently judged safe by the European Union’s watchdog. Stefano Zanette, President of the Prosecco DOC council,...
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THE AMAZING DRIP-FREE BOTTLE

IF YOU’VE EVER poured a bottle of wine you’ve likely experienced the dreaded bottle drip: wine (almost always red) dripping from the bottle neck onto a tablecloth as you pour it.  Leave it to a scientist to come up with a solution! Daniel Perlman, a researcher at Brandeis University in...
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CHAMPAGNE SALES POP

BUBBLY HAD ANOTHER sparkling year in 2O16. Sales of Champagne last year hit their second-highest level in value terms, although currency fluctuations related to Brexit hampered the year for the segment’s biggest market. Figures from the Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne show sales of Champagne last year totaled $5.O6...
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STINKBUGS LOVE THEIR WINE

HOW MANY stressed-out stinkbugs does it take to spoil a batch of wine? While one might logically assume that one stinkbug would be one too many, it’s actually more than three per grape cluster, new research says. Stinkbugs are a pest among vintners because of the bugs’ taste for wine...
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A TRUE CHAMPAGNE HOUSE

SOME PEOPLE fantasize of living in a house filled with bottles of Champagne. For Eldar Ilchibayev, a builder from western Russia’s Ural Mountains, the dream was to build a house entirely out of bottles and he has now completed his mission. Ilchibayev recently finished construction of a house made from...
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THE MOËT & CHANDON CHAMPAGNE VENDING MACHINE

A VENDING MACHINE that dispenses bubbly? That’s a dream come true! Of course, you have to go to Vegas for this experience (naturally!). The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Vegas opened a Moët & Chandon vending machine in its 23rd floor Sky Lobby. The adults-only machine dispenses splits – mini-bottles of...
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COLLECTING? PUT THOSE PENNIES INTO WINE

MOVE OVER CARS, wine’s back! When it comes to collectibles, the best place to invest in 2O16 was (literally) in liquid assets. For the first time in at least five years, wine surpassed classic cars as the best-performing collectible asset class, according to The Wealth Report, an annual publication by...
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ROYAL BUBBLY

IN CASE YOU’VE BEEN living under a rock . . . British bubbly is a big deal. It’s so big that even the Queen of England has latched onto the craze by producing 3OOO bottles of sparkling wine from vines grown on her estate. Don’t get out your credit card...
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CAMERON HUGHES WINE SOLD

PERHAPS IT WAS SIMPLY a case of too much growth too fast. Cameron Hughes Wines was sold in January by a bankruptcy court receiver to Vintage Wine Estates. Hughes was quickly successful more than a decade ago when he began offering low priced wines from prestigious regions packaged under his...
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