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02.2014

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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NEW LABELING LAWS IN EFFECT

IT WAS SIGNED into law more than three years ago but a bill requiring Sonoma County wines to include the words “Sonoma County” somewhere on the label finally came into effect January 1. Given all the time they’ve had to prepare, not to mention the marketing potential the new law may offer “the majority of the wineries are on board with this,” said Ravenswood founder and winemaker Joel Peterson. Many wineries were using the “Sonoma [...] Read More »

WINE COLLECTOR CONVICTED OF FRAUD

IN ONE OF THE LARGEST cases of wine fraud to date, Rudy Kurniawan of Los Angeles has been found guilty of operating a fake wine factory and selling counterfeit wines – acts called “a betrayal” of the wine community. Some of the wines Kurniawan sold privately or at auctions fetched more than $5OOO per bottle. But wine experts said Kurniawan’s victims went far beyond a few very rich collectors and that his actions cast a [...] Read More »

TRAGIC HELICOPTER CRASH

A Chinese billionaire and a French wine maker have been killed in a helicopter crash after going on a flight to celebrate the sale of an historic Bordeaux chateau.  Lam Kok, 46, a hotel magnate who had diversified into the upmarket wine trade, was killed along with his 12-year-old son when the helicopter plunged into the Dordogne River near the town of Lugon-et-l’ile-du-Carnay.  The helicopter was being piloted by James Gregoire, who had sold Kok [...] Read More »

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