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03.2013

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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CHAMPAGNE 2O12 AN EXCEPTIONAL VINTAGE

Champagne lovers rejoice! After a terrible growing season, Vignerons in Champagne have confirmed that the quality of grapes ended up being so stellar they will make a 2O12 vintage. This is a turnaround from last summer when April frosts, hailstorms and one of the wettest summers on record were all combining to create one of the worst growing seasons the winemakers had seen for decades. However, the warm weather in August was a saving grace. [...] Read More »

SMOKING OUT SMOKY GRAPES

A little smokiness in a nice old vine Garnacha is one thing. Wine that actually smells like smoke is an entirely different matter. With climate change sparking concern about an increased risk of wildfires, scientists are reporting development of a way to detect grapes exposed to smoke from those fires, which otherwise could be vented into bad-tasting wine. Their report on the method for detecting smoke taint in both grapes and wine appears in American [...] Read More »

SOUTH AFRICAN WINES ON THE RISE

Consumers are developing quite a taste for wines from South Africa. According to trade organization Wines of South Africa (WOSA), wine exports reached 417 million liters in 2O12, a 17% increase compared to the 2O11 figures. The amount of wine exported is the largest by the country to date and 1O million liters more than the previous record achieved in 2OO8. The growth is primarily due to favorable currency rates and decrease in harvests in [...] Read More »

TWO-AND-A-HALF-BUCK CHUCK

It’s the end of an era for “Two-Buck Chuck” as the winemaker has finally raised the price to $2.49.  For the past decade, shoppers at Trader Joe’s stores in California have paid just $1.99 for a bottle of Charles Shaw wine.  Here on the East Coast it’s always cost a couple dollars more due to shipping costs.  The brand was able to maintain such low prices for so long in part because parent company, Bronco [...] Read More »

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