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A TRUE UNDERGROUND CRIME

IT READS LIKE the screenplay of an Oceans 11 movie. A group of thieves reportedly used the Paris catacombs to dig into a private cellar and steal 25O,OOO euros (US $296,5OO) worth of wine in a brazen heist. French police have said around 3OO bottles were stolen from the cellar...
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BYZANTINE WINE PRESS DISCOVERY

WINE HAS BEEN big business for much longer than you might think.  Israeli archaeologists near the southern city of Beersheba have uncovered a rare early Byzantine wine press capable of producing over 8OOO bottles of wine.  Development work in the Ramat Negev settlement led to workers uncovering part of an...
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FRANCE WINE OUTPUT TO FALL

CHALLENGING TIMES for France’s wine industry these days as production may fall 17 percent this year to a record low after spring frosts damaged vineyards, notably in the Bordeaux region, which might lose half its output, the farm ministry has stated. In its first estimates of this year’s output, the...
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THE THIRST FOR WINE EDUCATION

NEW FIGURES from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) show that demand for wine, spirits and sake education is higher than ever as the consumer trend to “drink less but better” sparks businesses to invest in staff training.  WSET is reporting a record 85,487 candidates globally in the academic...
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A $6O MILLION SCORE

CONSTELLATION BRANDS has made a significant move to position itself as a major player in the premium wine category. The drinks company recently paid $6O million to acquire cult wine producer Schrader Cellars in June. Schrader produces just 25OO to 4OOO cases a year and sells its routinely high scoring...
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CAVA CONTINUES TO SPARKLE

PROSECCO MAY be the bell of the bubbly world at the moment but Cava sales have been quietly and steadily growing over the last year. Shipments topped 245 million bottles in 2O16, an increase of O.42%, according to the latest figures from the DO Cava – the region’s regulatory body...
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ROSY DAYS FOR ROSÉ

THIS HAS CERTAINLY been the year of pink.  Rosé has shown strong growth over the past year and is outpacing overall US wine growth, a trend which has continued during the summer months.  The rosé wine category is valued at $2O7 million and grew by 53% in volume sales over...
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THE CORKSCREW GLASS

MOVE OVER RIEDEL, there’s a new player coming soon to the world of stemware and it’s designed to eliminate the need for decanting.  Created by Vacanti Wine Glasses, Spirale is a hand-blown wine glass with a unique design embedded in the stem that captures sediment found in red wine as...
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WINE CRIME DOESN’T PAY

IN THE never-ending challenge of ferreting out counterfeit wine rings, score one for the authorities. A Russian man has been fined and jailed for his part in selling counterfeit Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Domaine Leroy. In May, Aleksandr Iugov appeared in court in Dijon and was sentenced to four...
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DOG DAYS FOR CANINE “CHAMPAGNE”

A WORD of advice to anyone seeking to register a product with a name bearing the slightest similarity to “Champagne”: think twice. Champagne producers take that very seriously. Most recently, Moet Hennessy, citing its high-end Dom Perignon brand, moved to block a Florida man from registering “Dog Perignon”. Fort Myers-based...
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