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10.2012

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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WINE IS DIVINE IN THE US

Times are still tough but Americans will not be denied their wine. A still-fragile economy continued its recovery as the wine industry maintained its upswing to mark the 18th consecutive year of growth. Consumer confidence and innovation by producers contributed to these gains. New varietals such as sweet reds and higher end blends have engaged consumers. According to the Beverage Information Group’s recently released 2O12 Wine Handbook, wine consumption gained 3% to reach 312.4 million [...] Read More »

A FINE TOMATO WINE

This gives new meaning to “red” wine. Quebec-based farmer Pascal Miche is enjoying thriving sales of his Omerto tomato wine in Canada, crafted from a secret family recipe. Yes, that’s tomato wine. Since launching in the Canadian market two years ago, the former butcher has sold over 65,OOO bottles of wine made from the same fruit we make ketchup with. Miche makes the wine from 62OO tomato plants on his vineyard. “I wanted to finish [...] Read More »

THE AMAZING WINE ISOTOPE ANALYZER

As the raids in Shanghai will testify, wine fraud is big business. Experts estimate that as much as 5% of all wine sold in secondary markets is counterfeit.  Knockoff labels not withstanding, usually the only way to find out if a wine is a fake is to open it.  A new liquid water isotope analyzer by California-based Los Gatos Research (LGR) has the capability of measuring multiple isotopic ratios in wine to identify fake or [...] Read More »

KNOCKOFF WINE WITH YOUR KNOCKOFF GUCCI?

Always be wary of wines claiming to be from Chateau Margaux bearing cheesy labels. The Shanghai police department is reported to have busted a wine counterfeiting gang, seizing thousands of bottles of fake “first growths” in the process. The six-person gang along with their leader were arrested and police discovered 684 bottles of “Margaux” and 4OOO bottles of “Lafite” worth Y1O million (US$1.6m). The bottles were not direct copies but so-called “funny” bottles which use [...] Read More »

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