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Gran Selezione - emperor's new clothes?

Gran Selezione - emperor's new clothes? | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
The buzzword at this year's Chianti Classico en primeur presentation (detailed tasting notes to follow) was 'Gran Selezione'. That is to say that the Consorzio of Chianti Classico did everything it could to embed it into our consciousness. It surely sounds catchy enough and proved to be very
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Foncalieu

Foncalieu | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Les Vignobles Foncalieu has established itself as one of the most dynamic and quality-focused producers in the South of France, offering an incredibly diverse range of wines from some 5,100 hectares of prime vines. These span Gascony to Languedoc-Roussillon by way of Cotes du Rhone, giving Foncalieu an unrivalled portfolio drawing on all of the winemaking regions across the Grand Sud.
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Finding a Distributor

Finding a Distributor | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
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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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Naked Wines is UK's most popular specialist online wine retailer, says Harpers new report

Naked Wines is UK's most popular specialist online wine retailer, says Harpers new report | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Naked Wines is the most popular specialist online wine retailer in the UK, according to a new Harpers report published today that examines the online shopping habits of British consumers.
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How video will be the norm in wine marketing within three years says Matthew Dickinson

How video will be the norm in wine marketing within three years says Matthew Dickinson | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Following last week’s web video masterclass and seminar hosted by Google and YouTube for members of the UK wine trade and students from Burgundy’s School of Wine Business, wine consultant Matthew Dickinson gives his personal summary and looks at how video is going to change the way the wine industry communicates.
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Burgundy Ignites New York Auction Renaissance | Wine News & Features

Burgundy Ignites New York Auction Renaissance | Wine News & Features | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Burgundy Ignites New York Auction Renaissance. The Big Apple's auction scene is in rude health thanks to Burgundy's finest. Read wine news & features.
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French appellation body considers Alsace Premier Cru plan

French appellation body considers Alsace Premier Cru plan | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
The French national appellation authority is examining a dossier that would create Cru and Premier Cru tiers in Alsace, but not all winemakers agree with the proposal.
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Deadly vine diseases now 'top priority' for French winemakers

Deadly vine diseases now 'top priority' for French winemakers | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Grapevine trunk diseases are a growing concern for French winemakers with the latest government figures showing more than 100,000 hectares of vineyard lost in 2014.
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VINSenVRAC.com : French Bulk Wine Market Place - La nouvelle vitrine des vins français

The first and only B-to-B platform for industry members: wine growers, co-operative wineries, brokers, buyers, merchants, importers…
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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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Parker Bows Out of En Primeur | Wine News & Features

Parker Bows Out of En Primeur | Wine News & Features | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Parker Bows Out of En Primeur. The most influential wine critic passes the baton to the next generation – at least for Bordeaux en primeur.
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Frankly, will Neal Martin have the same clout over Bordeaux prices as Robert Parker have?  It will be a very exciting 2014 En Primeur campaign...

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Weak euro boosts Bordeaux’s prospects

Weak euro boosts Bordeaux’s prospects | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Liv-ex have been looking at exchange rates as one reason why the fine wine market is showing distinct signs of life after an unprecedented four years of decline. “Confidence in the market appears to be returning with the Liv-ex 100 increasing for 6 months in a row since its low in July,” said Liv-ex MD and co-founder, James Miles. “In January the index was up 1.8% on record volumes for the exchange. The weakness of the Euro and a busy market ahead of the Chinese New Year have certainly been contributing factors, together with a sense that there is some value in the fine wine market at these levels.”
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Pinot Grigio shortage could see consumers opt for other white wines

Pinot Grigio shortage could see consumers opt for other white wines | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Pinot Grigio is in short supply on the bulk market around the globe, which is starting to push up prices.
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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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How to drive a wine brand in the UK on-trade by Wine Business Solutions

How to drive a wine brand in the UK on-trade by Wine Business Solutions | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
2014 Wine On-Premise report,
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Wine, etc: A defining moment for Chianti

When it comes to how wine is classified in Europe, change does not come easily. Even in the revered Bordeaux, there has been only two changes to the historic 1855 order that put producers in one of five elite classifications.

Via BEE Drinks Global
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How the UK pays 67% of all wine duty in the EU

How the UK pays 67% of all wine duty in the EU | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
We welcome the ’Drop the Duty’ campaign ahead of the 2015 Budget on 18 March. Tax on wine in the UK has gone up by 57% since 2008 but what makes wine duty so unfair is the amount you pay in Britain...
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Cape Wine Auction 2015 sales rise by 50 percent

Cape Wine Auction 2015 sales rise by 50 percent | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Strong bidding during the AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction in South Africa saw total sales rise by 50% on the previous year, with Vrede en Lust, Saxenburg and Paul Cluver wines among the top lots.
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Les amateurs de vin n'ont jamais été aussi nombreux au Canada

Les amateurs de vin n'ont jamais été aussi nombreux au Canada | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Les Canadiens consomment de plus en plus de vin et surtout de meilleure qualité que jamais. En grande majorité, il s'agit de vin importé, mais les vignerons canadiens n'ont pas trop à se plaindre parce qu'en quelque sorte, ils sont victimes de leur propre succès.

Via Nadine COURAUD
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‘Coravin works’, says 160 wine professionals

‘Coravin works’, says 160 wine professionals | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Coravin seems to solve a problem that has bedevilled humanity since the first wine was stored in urns, namely, how do you preserve wine once a container is opened, exposing it to oxygen, its archenemy?” Asimov, and wine enthusiasts around the globe, were hopeful; but mostly skeptical. How could such a feat be possible? Wine kegs, taps and an array of vacuum pumps have proven the task was complicated, if not unattainable, and with short-lived results. But the Coravin Wine Access System ($299) had something these other gadgets lacked: a technique for pouring wine from a bottle without ever actually opening it.
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Alexa - Top Sites by Category: Recreation/Food/Drink/Wine/Education

Alexa - Top Sites by Category: Recreation/Food/Drink/Wine/Education | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
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The Periodic Table of Content Marketing | Visual.ly

The Periodic Table of Content Marketing | Visual.ly | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
A visual overview of the key elements of content marketing.
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Neat & tidy for a messy type of work!

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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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