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Contains sulfites: meant to frighten rather than inform

Contains sulfites: this wine warning label is meant to frighten rather than inform...
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The best of Paris, from new to classic, compiled by Conde Nast Traveler editors.
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The Changing Face of Wine Criticism | Wine News & Features

The Changing Face of Wine Criticism. W. Blake Gray asks whether the Stephen Tanzer-Antonio Galloni alliance could end up dethroning Robert Parker.
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The Role of a Wine Critic

There were two principal forces that shaped my view of a wine critic's responsibilities. I was then, and remain today, significantly influenced by the independent philosophy of consumer advocate Ralph Nader. Moreover, I was marked by the indelible impression left by my law school professors, who pounded into their students' heads in the post-Watergate era a broad definition of conflict of interest. These two forces have governed the purpose and soul of my newsletter, The Wine Advocate, and my books.
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a fascinating insights, still valid 14 years later, into Robert Parker's concept of wine criticism....

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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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Washington giant sharpens export focus

Washington giant sharpens export focus | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
With Washington State’s two largest brands, Chateau Ste Michelle and Columbia Crest, in its portfolio, the group currently makes a total of 8 million cases annually. Just 5% of this is sold abroad at the moment, although with a presence in 130 countries, the producer claims to be the fifth largest US wine exporter.

“We can be the small, niche player from Washington State or the big US producer,” Chateau Ste Michelle’s division manager for Europe Sander Vriend told the drinks business as he outlined the “very attractive potential” to develop this side of the business further.
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£720m UK online wine market ‘unprofitable’

£720m UK online wine market ‘unprofitable’ | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
“It is so difficult to make money selling wine online,” said Tim Wilson from the Wilson Drinks Report, as he launched an analysis of the UK online wine market in partnership with Inter Rhône this morning.

Providing evidence for the comment, he stressed that despite a reported 40% sales increase in online wine sales through Naked Wines during the last year, the business still made a 3.3% loss in 2014.

“In the formal sale document published this morning, sales for Naked Wines show an increase from £53 million in 2013 to £74m last year, but it is still loss making,” he said.
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#Prosecco is now #Britain 's favourite fizz

#Prosecco is now #Britain 's favourite fizz | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
The research shows shoppers still want to treat themselves despite cutbacks, experts said. The average bottle of prosecco costs just £6.49, compared with £16.23 for champagne.

Via Vitabella Luxury Wine / Twitter @Vitabellawine / Also check www.vitabella.fr
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Who Will Be Drinking The Most Wine in 2018? | Wine News & Features

Who Will Be Drinking The Most Wine in 2018? | Wine News & Features | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Who Will Be Drinking The Most Wine in 2018?. The US is set to cement its position as the world's largest wine consumer. Read wine news & features.
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Follow Time Out Paris's guide to the city's top spots for wining and dining alfresco style

Follow Time Out Paris's guide to the city's top spots for wining and dining alfresco style | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Follow Time Out Paris's guide to the city's best café terraces for alfresco wining and dining. Find addresses, opening times and recommendations, and put your suncream on: it's summer in Paris. This and much more with Time Out Paris
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Top 10 wine brands 2015

Top 10 wine brands 2015 | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
discover last year’s 10 biggest selling bottled wine brands* and the latest developments that are helping them to stay on top.
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Intervista ad Elisabetta Foradori

Intervista ad Elisabetta Foradori | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Elisabetta Foradori ci racconta la storia e le origini del suo vino biodinamico specchio delle Dolomiti.
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Hong Kong wine dealers raise a toast to falling euro and mainland China market recovery

Hong Kong wine dealers raise a toast to falling euro and mainland China market recovery | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Hong Kong’s wine trade is on the rebound, as businesses toast the falling euro and recovery of the mainland Chinese market....
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Box Wines – Better Than You Think | Wine News & Features

Box Wines – Better Than You Think | Wine News & Features | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Box Wines - Better Than You Think. W. Blake Gray throws caution to the wind and taste-tests more than 20 wines that came out of a box.
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The best Paris markets

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Discover the best markets in Paris for food, antiques, bric-a-brac and more – Time Out Paris
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Liv-Ex En Primeur Survey

In summary, as voted by the Liv-ex Membership:
Vieux Chateau Certan is the wine of the vintage.
Grand Puy Lacoste tops the value for money category for the fifth year in a row
For the first time in 12 years of the survey, there was no wine that was evidently viewed as the most disappointing.
The vintage scored 92 overall; higher than 2007 (88), 2008 (91), 2011 (91), 2012 (91) and 2013 (88). It was lower than 2009 and 2010 (both 96).
Over two thirds of merchants are expecting more demand than for the 2013s.
Euro release prices are predicted to be 9% higher than last year, on average.
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Give Canned Wine a Chance

Give Canned Wine a Chance | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
I went on the search for good quality wine in a can and unfortunately I didn’t find many; however, that really had nothing to do with the can -- it’s the stuff companies are putting inside. Today’s modern (and completely safe) liners in aluminum cans prevent metal flavors from leaking in. (In fact, I believe most of what people classify as a metal taste in things like soda pop these days come from the artificial sweeteners used, not the can itself.) However, when companies are filling cans with things like coffee flavored “wine”, or carbonating their red wine, it’s no doubt people are skeptical of this vessel.
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Does California Have Droughts?

Does California Have Droughts? | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
 


Napa, Calif.—With all the talk about the current drought, Garrett Buckland of Premiere Viticultural Services introduced some interesting perspective about water at a seminar on groundwater during the Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ sustainable vineyard series.
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In focus: the second wines

In focus: the second wines | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
In 2010 the second wines of the Bordeaux First Growths surged into the headlines seemingly only to fade away just as quickly, how have they been faring since?
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Changyu aggressive in foreign #wine brand acquisitions

Changyu aggressive in foreign #wine brand acquisitions | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
In line with overseas investment craze among Chinese enterprises, Changyu, China's leading wine brand, is actively seeking overseas acquisitions after establishing an investment company with €10 ...

Via Vitabella Luxury Wine / Twitter @Vitabellawine / Also check www.vitabella.fr
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Famille Hugel in Alsace launches first Lieu-dit Riesling Cuvee

Famille Hugel in Alsace launches first Lieu-dit Riesling Cuvee | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Etienne Hugel is to announce the release of a new Riesling that is named after a specific grand cru vineyard site - marking a first for his eponymous Alsace domaine.
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What's the Big Deal About Stems? | Wine News & Features

What's the Big Deal About Stems? | Wine News & Features | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
What's the Big Deal About Stems?. Why would anyone want to put grape stems in their wine? Richard Hemming investigates. Read wine news & features.
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21-Carat Gold Label Fuels Angelus Price Rise | Wine News & Features

21-Carat Gold Label Fuels Angelus Price Rise | Wine News & Features | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
21-Carat Gold Label Fuels Angelus Price Rise. Fancy packaging is increasing the price of some high-end Bordeaux wines. Read wine news & features.
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Single serve wines flying at supermarkets

Single serve wines flying at supermarkets | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Sales of single serve bottles of wine are soaring at UK supermarkets due to a consumer desire to control their weekly unit intake and avoid wastage.
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Bordeaux 2014: Merchants nervous over prices ahead of en primeur campaign

Bordeaux 2014: Merchants nervous over prices ahead of en primeur campaign | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Chateau owners have shown little desire to drop prices for the Bordeaux 2014 en primeur campaign, testing the nerves of merchants who will need to decide which wines to recommend to consumers.
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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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