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SINGIN’ THE BLUE WINE BLUES

IT’S GENERATED QUITE a buzz with the Millennial set and been highly visible throughout all social media outlets but Spanish authorities have told the makers of Gik “blue wine” that they can no longer label it as wine. Gik has sold close to 1OO,OOO bottles in 25 countries, but a...
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LAPOSTOLLE WINERY SOLD

GRUPPO CAMPARI has sold its Lapostolle wine and Pisco business “ì acquired as part of its takeover of Grand Marnier’s parent company “ì back to the Marnier family for $31 million. In 2O16 Campari took control of the French liqueur brand as part of its friendly takeover of parent company...
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WINE & CHEESE SHOTS

WINE IS GOOD and cheese is good but a wine and cheese shooter? Somehow that seems not so good. In late December PopSugar Food created a video showing how to make wine and cheese shots. It’s both fascinating and repellant at the same time. They’re made by melting cheese into...
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BANANA WINE, A RWANDAN SUCCESS STORY

BANANA WINE is probably not something you’ve ever considered but it happens to be a best-selling product in Rwanda. And it just may be coming to America. Winemaker Christine Murebwayire has turned her fermented banana juice into a national brand, but she has her sights set on expansion beyond the...
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THE 2O16 CLASS OF MASTERS OF WINE

THE INSTITUTE OF MASTERS OF WINE (IMW) has inducted 18 new Masters of Wine to its prestigious roster.  A ceremony at the institute’s annual awards in London took place in November to formally induct the new members, bringing the total number of MWs up to 354 across 28 different countries....
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A NEW TOOL AGAINST WINE FRAUD

COUNTERFEIT WINE is a very real and growing problem in the industry with fraudsters seemingly managing to stay one step ahead of authorities. The Chai Wine Vault system is a new weapon being launched by counterfeit wine expert Maureen Downey that will hopefully combat against fakes making their way into...
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MUMM’S NEW “CEO” USAIN BOLT

THAT’S CHIEF ENTERTAINMENT OFFICER to be clear. The Champagne house has made quite a lightning strike in naming the fastest man in the world as its “CEO”. Bolt announced his appointment by appearing in a video in which he sabres a bottle of Mumm Champagne with one of his gold...
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WALMART WINE

ONE OF THE TOP rated wines in the world can now be found at . . . Walmart.  The discount retailer may not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of great wines but more than 5OO Walmart stores across the US have started selling bottles of...
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NEW WINE ENTHUSIAST IMPORTER CONNECTION SITE

WINE ENTHUSIAST has unveiled its new Importer Connection website – importer-connection.com – offering international producers an enhanced platform to connect with importers.  Since 2O12, the program has helped facilitate relationships between producers and buyers, and bring new wines to the US marketplace.  The new website creates an enhanced user experience designed...
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GLOBAL WINE PRODUCTION DOWN

THE EVER-CHANGING CLIMATE is set to cause some problems for the wine industry. Global wine production is expected to fall by 5% in 2O16 because of “climatic events” causing steep drops in production in most of the southern hemisphere, particularly Chile and Argentina. The International Organisation of Vine and Wine...
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