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McWilliams to launch Weight Watchers endorsed wine range in the UK

McWilliams to launch Weight Watchers endorsed wine range in the UK | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Australian producer McWilliams is the first winery to sign an endorsement deal with Weight Watchers, the international diet programme, aimed at bringing lower alcohol wines to a new wider audience.
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Bordeaux 2014: Chateaux use rare techniques to control high acidity in white wines

Bordeaux 2014: Chateaux use rare techniques to control high acidity in white wines | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Several white wine producers took the unusual step of performing the secondary malolatic fermentation of their Semillon or Sauvignon Blanc grapes, in an attempt to tame the high acidity that has been a feature of the Bordeaux 2014 vintage.
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Bordeaux to Ignore Calls for Lower Prices | Wine News & Features

Bordeaux to Ignore Calls for Lower Prices | Wine News & Features | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Bordeaux to Ignore Calls for Lower Prices. Hopes of price restraint are dashed as châteaux look to cash in on a better vintage.
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Have Bordeaux Châteaux started a slow motion process to break the traditions of dealing w/ merchants?

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Figures reveal Parker’s declining influence

Figures reveal Parker’s declining influence | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
As Robert Parker steps back from Bordeaux en primeur tastings, one fine wine fund has highlighted a number of signs that his overall influence is on the wane.
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The Reality of Minerality | Wine News & Features | wine-searcher

The Reality of Minerality | Wine News & Features | wine-searcher | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
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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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Vin italien : Le prosecco peut-il détrôner le champagne ?

Vin italien : Le prosecco peut-il détrôner le champagne ? | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Le prosecco, vin pétillant italien, se vend bien et même de mieux en mieux à l'étranger, où son caractère léger et son prix séduisent au point de concurrencer désormais le champagne dans certains pays comme les Etats-Unis et le Royaume-Uni.

Le prosecco est un "vin informel qui accompagne un moment de pause", on le boit "en toute simplicité", assure Giancarlo Vettorello, qui dirige l'association des producteurs de prosecco supérieur.
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Top 5 wine hotels in Italy’s Veneto

Top 5 wine hotels in Italy’s Veneto | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
A rich hunting ground for the thirsty traveller, it is home to the Soave DOC, famous for its dry whites made from Garganega, and the Valdobbiadene DOCG region, world famous for its Prosecco. To the west lies Valpolicella DOC in the province of Verona, which is also home to Amarone. This is a powerful style of red wine made from dried grapes which in 2009 was granted DOCG status.

Add to this its close proximity to the water ways of Venice and Veneto becomes an increasingly attractive proposition. Experience its rustic charms and taste your way through its wines while staying at one of these hotels, handpicked for the wine loving traveller.
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30 Lessons for Marketing Italian Brands

Reka Haros, Rebecca Hopkins, Cathy Huyghe, Robert Joseph and Damien Wilson offer insight during a Vinitaly session, into the most effective ways to sell Italia…
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Vinitaly: Our 5 Worries - Slow Wine

Vinitaly: Our 5 Worries  - Slow Wine | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Only a few days remain until Italy’s most important international wine fair, Vinitaly (Verona, March 22-25, 2015), featuring thousands of wines from dozens of countries. Every year leading up to the event there is talk among the industry about the expected success (or flop) of the event. This year, five major issues weigh on our minds…
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Food markets in Paris – Time Out Paris

Food markets in Paris – Time Out Paris | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Explore Paris's fabulous food markets and find fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese and more from some of France's top producers – Time Out Paris
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Saint-Émilion Moves to Stamp Out Fraud | Wine News & Features

Saint-Émilion Moves to Stamp Out Fraud | Wine News & Features | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Saint-Émilion Moves to Stamp Out Fraud. A new security system aims to protect both producers and customers from counterfeits Read wine news & features.
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Wine is not for investing, says Parker

Wine is not for investing, says Parker | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Accounting for professional storage costs, slow appreciation and insurance makes investment in wine a tough and often fruitless endeavour, according to Parker.

Speaking to news agency Reuters, he said “It has to be stored properly. It has to be insured. That’s a significant tie-up of assets.
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La Belgique, 1er marché pour les vins du Rhône

La Belgique, 1er marché pour les vins du Rhône | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
En 2013-14, le vignoble rhodanien pèse 376 millions de bouteilles commercialisées dans 159 pays. Et le rosé a le vent en poupe.

Via Nadine COURAUD
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Global Prosecco sales overtake Champagne

Global Prosecco sales overtake Champagne | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Global sales of Prosecco have overtaken Champagne, as the insatiable worldwide thirst for the Italian sparkler shows no sign of abating.
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Naked Wines research finds consumers preferring higher alcohol wine

Naked Wines research finds consumers preferring higher alcohol wine | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Naked Wines, the online wine retailer which crowdfunds independent winemakers through its customer base of over 250,000 ‘angels’, has found that its consumers are favouring higher alcohol wines.
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Le Pin the Best Bet for Wine Investors | Wine News & Features

Le Pin the Best Bet for Wine Investors | Wine News & Features | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Le Pin the Best Bet for Wine Investors. A new report highlights the woeful return on investment for buyers of top Bordeaux wines. Read wine news & features.
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Champagne's 2014 Earnings Nudge $5bn | Wine News & Features

Champagne's 2014 Earnings Nudge $5bn | Wine News & Features | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Champagne's 2014 Earnings Nudge $5bn. The domestic market has turned sour but exports are booming for Champagne. Read wine news & features.
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Is the Prosecco bubble about to burst?

Is the Prosecco bubble about to burst? | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Hindsight is a wonderful thing. At the moment it’s difficult to predict whether the current Prosecco boom will turn out to be one of the great success stories to have come out of the recession, or whether the bubble will spectacularly burst, leaving consumers feeling flat and producers picking up the pieces.
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William Fèvre releases ‘hipster’ Chablis

William Fèvre releases ‘hipster’ Chablis | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Chablis producer William Fèvre has released a limited edition glow-in-the-dark bottle aimed at “hipsters” in a bid to attract younger consumers to the brand.
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The global wine market

An illustration of the statistics and practices that make up the current wine market
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Uncorked: Renzo Cotarella

Uncorked: Renzo Cotarella | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Renzo Cotarella is CEO and chief winemaker for Marchesi Antinori, overseeing the company’s estates in Italy and California, and its joint ventures in other countries like Chile. Raised in a winemaking family in Monterubiaglio in Umbria, he was put in charge of Antinori’s Castello della Sala in Umbria in 1981.
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Premium Boxed Wine Continues To Surge, As Gallo Preps New Entry

Premium Boxed Wine Continues To Surge, As Gallo Preps New Entry | Grande Passione | Scoop.it

Driven by the ongoing growth of heavyweights like Constellation’s Black Box and DFV Wines’ Bota Box, premium boxed wines enjoyed an 11% volume increase and a 14% value advance in IRI channels in the 52 weeks through February 22. This year, E.&J. Gallo is looking to step up its game in the segment with a new brand, Vin Vault ($20 a three-liter box), which will go head-to-head with the two stalwarts aforementioned.

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Barolo tops £1m at Justerini & Brooks

Barolo tops £1m at Justerini & Brooks | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Pent-up demand for the highly-rated 2010 vintage has given fine wine merchant Justerini & Brooks its best year ever for Barolo
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The London merchant’s release offer last March brought in over £1 million, with a further £1 million sold of older vintages in the following months. As a result its sales from Piedmont have now edged ahead of the Rhône and lie fourth behind Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne.

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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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La Styrie et le sauvignon blanc, ou comment se forger un style (1/3)

La Styrie et le sauvignon blanc, ou comment se forger un style (1/3) | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
 Nous sommes à la frontière entre l'Autriche et la Slovénie, qui passe là, dans les vignes, au milieu d'une route, entre des bosquets, intangible et insignifiante   Le premier article de cette...
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