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New report slams 12 US states for restricting access to wines | decanter.com

New report slams 12 US states for restricting access to wines | decanter.com | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Wine drinkers across America are being hampered by outdated state wine laws, which vary in severity depending on where a person lives, new research claims.
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The Romance of Wine

The Romance of Wine | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Great wine by its nature is mysterious, unpredictable and perhaps ultimately unknowable.
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Prosecco Continues to Create Confusion | Wine News & Features

Prosecco Continues to Create Confusion | Wine News & Features | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Prosecco Continues to Create Confusion. Poor information about Prosecco means consumers care less and less about quality differences between the DOC and DOCG wines, argues Jeremy Parzen.
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i am so bored of bloggers who, when writing about wine, always take the moral high ground from their pedestal and use controversy in order to push for their own agenda and attract attention to themselves.

 

here is an opinnion piece by jeremy parzen that is completely distored and misrepresentative.

 

Perhaps it would be more useful if it was backed-up with statistics to see what is really happening in the market.

 

For sure, the UK market seems to be behaving in a very different way. Take an article published in the Drinks business in November which states "On-trade supplier Bibendum has seen sales of super-premium Prosecco shoot up by 295% in the last year, while premium sales were up by 150%" (http://bit.ly/1zsEDLE).

 

On the website of the DOCG Consortium, one can find official statistics (http://bit.ly/1zsH9S7) which seems to refute greatly the opinion discussed above. Let's look at a few to put things in their perspective:

Italy consumes 59.6% of the DOCG wines produced, while Germany, it's 2nd market, consumes 22%, Swizterland 21%, the UK 17%, and the USA 9.5% of its production. However, sales in the USA have increased 274% since 2003 and has increased by 15.5% from 2012 to 2013, the latest data available. Meanwhile, world sales have increased 196% since 2003 with Germany + 97%, Swizterland + 99% and UK sales increase at an average of 11% per year. Italy itself increased its consumption by 5% per year since the 2008, when the DOCG was officialized.

 

Let's not forget that the Consortium is funded by its members to represent them not only at the marketing level but also at the policy level. Without data, it is difficult for me to be sure, but my "opinion" is that the Consortium now works on using its (low) budget in the most efficient way by consolidating its strongest markets first (Germany & UK) and while working on new markets (China & Japan). In the USA, we can see through this link (http://bit.ly/1zsIKHw) that it did hold events and promotions in the markets in several occasions. Only in the last 3 months: DEC 1-4 at Eataly Chicago & New York, NOV 13 again in Chicago w/ Luxehome & Wine Spectator, NOV 5 & 10 with 2 workshops in Miami & New York, NOV 3 at the Annual Feast Event 2014 organised by Wine Spectator in New York.

 

To state that "the DOCG growers consortium hasn't done more to raise awareness of the differences in quality"is not fair. Again, I do not have hard data upon which to base my claim, but I strongly beleive that the Consortium does not have the same marketing budget as does Coca-Cola, and even Cupcake for that matter.

 

It also my opinion that the Consortium hopes for wine writers such a Jeremy Parzen, who claims to love Italy and its wine so much and who should know better for all people, to actually be more constructive in its use of the space he is allocated and actually write informative pieces rather than pieces that are written to attract attention to himself by distorting the actual situation in the market. There are so many topics to write about.

 

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Wine Crisis Leads to Protests in Argentina | Wine News & Features

Wine Crisis Leads to Protests in Argentina | Wine News & Features | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Wine Crisis Leads to Protests in Argentina. Wine industry workers take to the streets as Argentina's economic crisis threatens this year's harvest.
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The Architecture of #Wine : 10 Stunning Winery Designs

The Architecture of #Wine : 10 Stunning Winery Designs | Grande Passione | Scoop.it

Via Vitabella Luxury Wine / Twitter @Vitabellawine / Also check www.vitabella.fr
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#China to become the world’s 7th-largest #wine producer

#China  to become the world’s 7th-largest #wine producer | Grande Passione | Scoop.it

“ For now, Chinese wine outside of China remains a rare curiosity. But let’s remember that some of today’s firmly established New World wine countries were once largely unknown as well. ”


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David TOMAIUOLO's curator insight, December 30, 2014 4:06 AM
De bonnes nouvelles pour le vin français...plus les chinois seront amateurs de vins et plus ils achèteront de vins français quand ils voudront se faire plaisir.
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Are restaurant wine mark-ups too steep?

Are restaurant wine mark-ups too steep? | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
See both sides of the debate as a new app launches that promises to show diners the retail prices of the wines on their restaurant menu, as featured in Decanter magazine's January issue.
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PUNCH | Growing Pains: The Shifting Image of Champagne

PUNCH | Growing Pains: The Shifting Image of Champagne | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
We’ve all been cautioned not to judge a book by its cover, and the same principle generally applies to wine. But who hasn’t bought a bottle based solel
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Italian Bubbly Producers Say Cheers to Record New Year Sales

Italian Bubbly Producers Say Cheers to Record New Year Sales | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Italian Bubbly Producers Say Cheers to Record New Year Sales. Prosecco sales are booming worldwide, but the success of the fizzy favorite could have repercussions for the higher-priced wines.
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How heritage drives success of Chinese luxury brands

How heritage drives success of Chinese luxury brands | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
By appealing to a cultural element that its consumers are proud of, the mainland is ready for design and promotion of its high-end products
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Il barolista e i vignaioli contro la burocrazia

Il barolista e i vignaioli contro la burocrazia | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Quello «spettacolo grandioso e improvviso come un’imboscata» che si vede arrivando a Barolo, non è Piemonte. Quelle colline, che incantano il sociologo Marco Revelli «con i filari delle vigne a disegnare trine fitte e regolari come la costruzione di un geniale architetto» non sono le Langhe....
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Beaujolais contest cancelled as elite cru growers turn up their noses at nouveau crowd

Beaujolais contest cancelled as elite cru growers turn up their noses at nouveau crowd | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
The annual Beaujolais contest, the showcase for more than 1,000 French winegrowers, has been cancelled after producers of the region’s most prestigious wines decided to break away from the organisation which also promotes the mass-market...
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Scarcity Sends California Vineyard Prices Soaring | Wine News & Features

Scarcity Sends California Vineyard Prices Soaring | Wine News & Features | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Scarcity Sends California Vineyard Prices Soaring. A local real estate expert says the price per acre in Napa could reach Burgundy levels within a generation.
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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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Grape rotting fruit fly raises alarm in German vineyards

Grape rotting fruit fly raises alarm in German vineyards | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
German winemakers have become the latest in Europe to raise concerns over an Asian fruit fly that causes grapes to rot in the vineyards.
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Reka Haros: why wineries need to go direct to their consumers

Reka Haros: why wineries need to go direct to their consumers | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Reka Haros of the Sfriso Winery in Italy explains why she changed her business model, cut out the middle men and took her wines straight to consumers in their homes
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Graphic: California leads global vineyard price rises

Graphic: California leads global vineyard price rises | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Data from estate agency Knight Frank shows that Sonoma in California has seen some of the steepest rises in vineyard prices. See the charts below for more details.
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#Champagne 's big gaffe (and 5 ways to mend it)

#Champagne 's big gaffe (and 5 ways to mend it) | Grande Passione | Scoop.it

“ Champagne's influential trade body, the CIVC, brought a dose of holiday cheer to Rachel Jayne Powell, an Australian wine presenter and writer, by taking her to court. They accused the woman who dub...”


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China's wine market shows rosy future despite austerity measures::wines-info

China's wine market shows rosy future despite austerity measures::wines-info | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Wines-info.com, one of the most authoritative wine information websites in China
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Using sunblock to protect grape crops

Using sunblock to protect grape crops | Grande Passione | Scoop.it

"Your vineyard gets this funny white-blue colour, and you look on the berries and there is a little coating on them. It is just like putting sunscreen on and it gives it some protection."

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EU funds flow east | Articles | JancisRobinson.com

EU funds flow east | Articles | JancisRobinson.com | Grande Passione | Scoop.it

‘Making good wine is just the beginning. Selling it is what’s difficult.’ So says Silvana Ballotta of Business Strategies in Florence and she should know.

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Carlo Petrini appoggia la disobbedienza messa in atto dalla Fivi - Slowine

Carlo Petrini appoggia la disobbedienza messa in atto dalla Fivi - Slowine | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Il primo gennaio la giustizia italiana si ritroverà, di colpo, con ottocento nuovi casi su cui indagare. Quel giorno, i … Continua
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When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Italian winemakers from Piedmont to Sicily are up in arms because EU rules suggest that famous marques are no longer able to list their full addresses on websites and brochures. Hundreds of independent producers are set to protest over the issue.
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