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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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Australian Bladders Become New Normal for Wine Exports

Australian Bladders Become New Normal for Wine Exports | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Accolade Wines, the maker of Hardys, pared shipping costs that canamount to as much as $3 a case by eliminating glass bottles and shipping the alcohol in bladders. After the 10,000 mile (16,000 kilometers) journey, the wine is bottled at a plant next to a scrap merchant a two-hour drive from London.
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Jefford on Monday: Palate fitness

Jefford on Monday: Palate fitness | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
How fit is your palate? And how do you maintain and train it? At least half of the readers of this column, I’d guess, work with wine in one way or another; our palates are therefore an irreplaceable professional tool.
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Reality check: China did NOT overtake France as a wine-growing region | Grape Wall of China

Reality check: China did NOT overtake France as a wine-growing region | Grape Wall of China | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
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Is This Wine Dry? Alsace Label Laws Make it Clear | Wine News & Features

Is This Wine Dry? Alsace Label Laws Make it Clear | Wine News & Features | Grande Passione | Scoop.it

In a move that has been greeted with dismay by some producers, Alsace dry white wines will be obliged to carry the word "dry" on labels from the 2016 vintage.

The Association of Alsace Producers (AVA) reckons consumers are turning away from the region's wines because they are afraid of buying an off-dry or sweet wine when they wanted a dry one.

 
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2014 Equipment Survey Report: More Wineries Plan to Purchase ...

Results from the 2014 Wine Business Monthly Equipment Survey Report indicate that winery confidence continues to strengthen. More wineries are planning on purchasing new equipment, even more than in 2007 when equipment purchases in the wine industry peaked. Sources say there is an ocean of lending credit available, raw material prices are in check and wine sales continue to grow. All in all things are looking very good.

We will discuss in more detail the results of this year’s survey and how wineries are looking to increase production. We will also review how more wineries are finally embracing technology, like cross-flow filtration and steam sterilization. First, however, we will start by looking at predictions from manufacturers and the banking community.
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Sonoma Wine Company Joins Forces with Winesecrets

New services featured through this partnership include environmentally friendly tartaric stabilization through Winesecrets’ Selective Tartrate Removal System (STARS) filtration technology.
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Uphill Battle: New Machine Could Save German Vineyards - SPIEGEL ONLINE

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The Smith Report: Why social media participation for wine brands is increasingly more important

The Smith Report: Why social media participation for wine brands is increasingly more important | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
The ongoing battle for the return on investment from social media is about to get a bit more complicated with the Google and Twitter partnership.
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The internet is becoming an increasingly important tool for teaching German consumers about wine

The internet is becoming an increasingly important tool for teaching German consumers about wine | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
According to Wine Intelligence’s Germany Internet and Social Media 2015 report (to be published next week), of 28.6 million German regular wine drinkers, 15.2 million of them use the internet to engage with wine. The internet is the 6th most important wine buying channel in Germany, and has increased in importance by 4% since 2011, standing well above department stores and duty free but below traditional channels such as specialist wine shops and supermarkets. 
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The Need to Address Chinese Social Media Differently - Edelman

The Need to Address Chinese Social Media Differently - Edelman | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
In China, people feel much freer to express themselves online because Chinese society is, on the whole, much more socially constrained than the west.
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Is China’s vineyard area really bigger than France’s? | meininger.de

When the respected news service Bloomberg published a report headlined ‘China’s Vineyards Overtake France’s as Europe Uproots Its Grapes’, a number of experts on the Chinese wine industry expressed their surprise.
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Trends in the US Wine Industry for 2014 – Sunny Cellars with Some Cobwebs

Trends in the US Wine Industry for 2014 – Sunny Cellars with Some Cobwebs | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
The numbers for 2013 are in, and most experts are more optimistic about the 2014 wine market in the US. Though there are still some areas recovering less quickly from the recession (parts of the Mi...
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Is Being Sustainable Worth It for Wineries? | News | News & Features | Wine Spectator

Is Being Sustainable Worth It for Wineries? | News | News & Features | Wine Spectator | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
If you had to select between two 92-point wines of the same variety, appellation and price, but one was made with sustainable winegrowing practices and the other was not, would you choose the sustainable wine? What if it cost $5 more?
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top 5 favorite trattorias florence

top 5 favorite trattorias florence | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Top 5 favorite trattorias in Florence
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Tablas Creek Vineyard Blog: Is the bloom off the user review site rose?

Tablas Creek Vineyard Blog: Is the bloom off the user review site rose? | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Last March, I wrote the post Has TripAdvisor overtaken Yelp for winery visitors, suggesting that of the two major user-review Web sites, TripAdvisor seemed to be replacing Yelp as the preferred forum for people writing user reviews of Paso Robles...
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The 50 Best Restaurants in Paris

The 50 Best Restaurants in Paris | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Our experts pick the best places to dine all around Paris (and even reach consensus on a prized few). Click through our guide, organized by arrondissement.
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The Filtering Controversy

Aside from when to pick their grapes, perhaps the single most difficult question faced by some winemakers is whether or not they should filter their wine. Filtration is a murky subject. Opinions differ, with solid reasoning for each. While the majority of the wines I produced at Landmark Vineyards were unfiltered, in the beginning of my winemaking career every wine was sterile-filtered. It was only after gaining experience and learning to appreciate the benefits of unfiltered wines that I embraced this methodology. However, I also kept filtration in the back of my mind if things didn’t work out as planned.
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Flotation Can Expedite Juice Clarification, Improve Quality

Winemakers are showing renewed interest in flotation, a juice clarification technology that offers potential benefits compared with more common clarification processes.

Clarification, the removal of suspended solids from pressed juice prior to fermentation, is primarily performed on juice for white and Rosé wine production. Clarification can enable more efficient fermentation, result in wine with cleaner and fruitier aromas and reduce the danger of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) formation.

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Scientists Find Wines from Different Terroirs Have Distinct "Fingerprints" | News | News & Features | Wine Spectator

Scientists Find Wines from Different Terroirs Have Distinct "Fingerprints" | News | News & Features | Wine Spectator | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Study finds distinct chemical differences for wines made in different places. The discovery could help fight counterfeiting.
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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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Baromètre SOWINE/SSI 2014 : les Français, le vin et le web

Baromètre SOWINE/SSI 2014 : les Français, le vin et le web | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Quel rapport les Français entretiennent-ils avec le vin ? Quelles sont leurs sources d’information, et quelle place y occupent les nouvelles technologies ? Quel rôle jouent les réseaux sociaux, et en quoi influencent-ils l’acte d’achat de vin ? La 5ème édition du baromètre SOWINE/SSI met en évidence une évolution des comportements qui progresse à toute vitesse.
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Fashionable Chemistry: Thoughts on Reductive Winemaking

Fashionable Chemistry: Thoughts on Reductive Winemaking | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
A few thoughts on reductive winemaking trends in chardonnay
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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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