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Winemakers and Suppliers Debate Oak Products

Winemakers and Suppliers Debate Oak Products | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
 


Napa, Calif.—It definitely wasn’t Ali versus Frazier or even Pacquiao versus Mayweather for that matter.

Rather than a knockdown brawl, the seminar Barrels vs. Alternatives was more of a sedate conversation about the advantages of the time-tested, traditional barrel compared to the new uses of oak barrel alternatives.

Hosted by the French American Chamber of Commerce at the Napa Valley Country Club on June 23, the session was the third such conference about wine and winemaking organized
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Wine Intelligence | Is social just local?

Wine Intelligence | Is social just local? | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Despite its inherent global-ness, the social internet is very much a local phenomenon. Consumers in China obsessively WeChat with other Chinese of the same generation, town, occasionally the same room, and use their smartphones as their portable shopping centre; Australians also blog and chat, but typically with other Australians, and buy their wine online from their local Dan Murphy’s.
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How Will the Rising Dollar Affect the U.S. Wine Market?

How Will the Rising Dollar Affect the U.S. Wine Market? | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
How will the rising dollar affect the U.S. wine market? The answer, predictably, is that it's complicated. Read on for analysis organized around three questions. Why has the dollar appreciated? Wha...
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Champagne Makers See Opportunity in Weak Euro

Champagne Makers See Opportunity in Weak Euro | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
The weak euro, which has slid to a 12-year low against the dollar, has producers of Champagne especially giddy.
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Kurniawan Kicks Off Wine Fraud Appeal | Wine News & Features

Kurniawan Kicks Off Wine Fraud Appeal | Wine News & Features | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Kurniawan Kicks Off Wine Fraud Appeal. The convicted counterfeiter has launched an appeal, claiming illegal search and improper indictments.
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Tablas Creek Vineyard Blog: Celebrating a Recent Burst of Progress on Direct Shipping

Tablas Creek Vineyard Blog: Celebrating a Recent Burst of Progress on Direct Shipping | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
It seems like progress in direct shipping goes in waves. There's a small flurry of movement, in states widely separated in geography and culture, and then a period when nothing much happens. Then, for whatever reason, progress starts back up....
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Trends in the US Wine Industry for 2015 – Surging Forward with Renewed Optimism

Trends in the US Wine Industry for 2015 – Surging Forward with Renewed Optimism | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Even though wine consumption in the US has increased every year since 2000, some of those years were a bit bumpy due to the recession and a tendency for consumers to purchase value-priced wines. No...
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E. & J. Gallo Winery Acquires U.S. Distribution Rights For Luxury Italian Wine Brand, Pieropan

E. & J. Gallo Winery Acquires U.S. Distribution Rights For Luxury Italian Wine Brand, Pieropan | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Pieropan will join Allegrini and Poggio al Tesoro wines in Gallo's new Luxury Wine Group (LUX Wines)
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Wine Sales, Wine Marketing, Wine Consultants - Overview of the US Wine Industry by Tincknell & Tincknell

Wine Sales, Wine Marketing, Wine Consultants - Overview of the US Wine Industry by Tincknell & Tincknell | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Tincknell and Tincknell offer consultation and strategies in wine sales, wine marketing, brand positioning, branding, package and wine label design, website development, wine club strategies, start-up guidance, and alternative packaging.
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Early Bud Break Brings Frost Worries

Early Bud Break Brings Frost Worries | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
 
The Carneros AVA that straddles Napa and Sonoma counties in California showed signs of growth this weekend.

San Rafael, Calif.—With bud break occurring in vineyards throughout California, it appears 2015 could be another early vintage and one that hopefully is not marked by frost.
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Eenie Meenie Miney Moe: Driving Sales of Store Brands Over Name Brands

Eenie Meenie Miney Moe: Driving Sales of Store Brands Over Name Brands | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
It used to be that private-label products were for consumers on a tight budget. However, a global shift has occurred in which consumer sentiment about store brands is overwhelmingly positive. And to leverage that newfound respect, there are very specific things that retailers can do to help store brands compete with their more recognized name brand counterparts.
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Full-Disclosure Wine Label Debate Continues | Wine News & Features

Full-Disclosure Wine Label Debate Continues | Wine News & Features | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Full-Disclosure Wine Label Debate Continues. Mike Steinberger doubts that mandatory ingredient lists on wine labels would alter anything about how those wines are made.
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Influential Costco executive discusses wine business in Q&A

Influential Costco executive discusses wine business in Q&A | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Annette Alvarez-Peters is one of the most powerful people in the wine
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Managing Bottling Operations

Managing Bottling Operations | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Wine Business Monthly - May 2011 - The Industry's Leading Publication for Wineries and Growers
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Exchange Rate Lessons from Australia's Wine Boom and Bust

Exchange Rate Lessons from Australia's Wine Boom and Bust | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Kym Anderson (with the assistance of Nanda Aryal), Growth and Cycles in Australia's Wine Industry: A Statistical Compendium 1843-2013). University of Adelaide Press, 2015. (Available as a free pdf ...
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Independent certification for Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino since 2003

Independent certification for Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino since 2003 | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Last week, we posted about the U.S.A. authorities declaration that the Italian government certification is still required for the importation of the Brunello di Montalcino to the U.S. So today we thought we would post again a post from earlier...
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Turning Wine Into Water and Creating Fear Out of Nothing...The Case of Arsenic in Wine Based on Faulty Science...

Kevin Hicks has pulled off a kind of miracle—he has turned wine into water. More precisely, he has fueled a class-action lawsuit arguing that wine should be judged by safety standards for water.

Hicks is co-founder of a Denver laboratory that analyzes the chemical compositions of wines. For a fee, retailers, distributors and others in the wine business can access BeverageGrades’ nutritional information on the wines—calories, sugars, carbohydrates and more—as well as any compounds like sulfites or even arsenic. The company gives grades on how “healthy” a wine is, though it fails to define healthy.

 

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In the Bag: US Thirsty for Box Wine | Wine News & Features

In the Bag: US Thirsty for Box Wine | Wine News & Features | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
It's 50 years since the first box wine was created by Australian producer Angove and, while some wine drinkers may scoff at them, box wine brands are making millions; the category now represents almost one in five liters of wine sold in the US.
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Imitations Cost Italian Wine $1bn Annually | Wine News & Features

Imitations Cost Italian Wine $1bn Annually | Wine News & Features | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Imitations Cost Italian Wine $1bn Annually. Italian government sign deal with eBay in an effort to stop abuse of Italian wine names.
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Finding a Distributor

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Wineries that are ready for broader distribution need to step back and think about their long-term vision for the winery. How much wine can the winery produce and yet keep its high standards for quality? Distributors want to be sure that if they find a market, the winery will be able to continue to deliver.
 

Smaller wineries should be prepared to negotiate an arrangement with the distributor that will provide better margins than it
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Perfect storm forming | Practical Winery & Vineyard Journal

Today’s wine industry in the U.S. is at a juncture in history unlike any it has ever experienced, facing complex challenges that are regional, national and global in scope. They include legal, political, and cultural developments. The speed of change is accelerated by economic drivers, technological innovation, and forces of globalization. One thing is sure — by year 2015, the wine and alcoholic beverage distribution system will be more efficient, and more unforgiving of failure, than it is today.

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U.S. wine exports in 2014 second highest on record

U.S. wine exports in 2014 second highest on record | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Exports of U.S. wine last year were the second-most valuable on record, reaching $1.49 billion in revenue, nearly all of it from California.
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Grapes of Worth: How Supermarkets are Becoming Local Wine Shops

Grapes of Worth: How Supermarkets are Becoming Local Wine Shops | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
There’s a wine retailing revolution taking place across America, and it’s happening in the supermarket. No longer confined to specialty shops and liquor marts, wine is carving out its own territory on the grocery floor, which is giving savvy retailers an opportunity to offer convenience and boost their profits in the process.
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Bank: Fine Wine Trending Up

Bank: Fine Wine Trending Up | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
 
Source: Silicon Valley Bank 2014 Wine Conditions Survey

St. Helena, Calif.—Silicon Valley Bank predicts that 2015 will be a great year for premium wineries but perhaps less so for high-volume producers making wines that sell for less than $9 per bottle.
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