FRENCH HARVEST SET FOR INCREASE
FROM FLOODING to freezing temps, Mother Nature has not been kind to France’s wine industry for the last few years. But the country is currently on course for a normal-sized grape harvest, although continued poor weather could yet jeopardize this year’s crop, according to the country’s agriculture ministry. In its first harvest report of 2O13, the ministry currently expects the crop to yield about 46.6m hectolitres, up 13% on last year’s disastrous crop which was [...] Read More »
COLA-FLAVORED FRENCH WINE . . .
SACRE BLEU! CAN IT BE POSSIBLE? The French are making a wine blended with . . . cola? Sad but true. In a major break with tradition, Rouge Sucette (French for red lollipop), is made from 75 percent grapes with water, sugar and cola flavoring making up the remainder. Sure to horrify wine lovers, it is designed to appeal to Millennials. Winemakers fear that young people who drink spirits and mixers will be difficult to [...] Read More »
FRAUD FIGHTERS GO HIGH TECH
WINE FRAUD is a rampant and growing problem in the industry. In an effort to fight fakes, winemakers are turning to technology in the form of smartphones. A quick scan can give the consumer a direct link to the supplier’s website to verify the label, trace the wine’s journey from vineyard to glass and provide information about the winery. Castel, the largest producer of French wine, uses the technology on 13 million bottles for the [...] Read More »
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