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03.2014

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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NO BOUNTY FOR BURGUNDY

IF YOU ARE a Burgundy enthusiast, prepare to pay more for those coveted bottles. A series of record-low harvests means France’s most highly prized wine will be rarer, and more expensive, than ever. Cellars in Burgundy are currently lying half empty. Where there would usually, at this time of year, be rows of oak barrels full of maturing wine waiting to be bottled, the spaces stand bare, and the region’s vignerons blame a growing season [...] Read More »

FUNERAL HOME ADDS A WINE CELLAR

HERE’S SOME clever marketing. A Florida funeral home said its newly installed wine cellar is intended to offer a different type of memorial gathering than the traditional service. Seth Minso, general manager at Hodges Funeral Home in Naples, said he believes the business is the first funeral home in the United States to add a wine cellar. “Nobody wants to go to a funeral; nobody wants to stay at a funeral home. So we’ve been [...] Read More »

SOUTH AFRICAN WINE EXPORTS ON FIRE

IT CERTAINLY was a banner year in South Africa as the country’s wine industry exported a record 5.52 million hectoliters (hl) in 2O13. The figure is a 26% increase on the previous record on 4.17 million hl achieved in 2O12, with shipments to the UK driving the growth. It is the largest market for South African export, accounting for more than a fifth of total volumes in 2O13. Exports to the UK rose 21% to [...] Read More »

NORTH AMERICAN WINERIES ON THE RISE

IT WAS a good year for the wine business in the US.  Winery production was up 6.3% in 2O13, according to the latest data from wines & vines magazine.  The number of wineries grew to 8391, a gain of 4.3%.  Additionally, the average bottle price rose from $9 to $1O.85. [...] Read More »

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