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06.2009

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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A DIP in WORLD WINE CONSUMPTION

It appears as if the world has taken to sipping its wine as opposed to gulping it . . . well the world with the exception of the US. Wine drinkers in France, Italy and across Europe uncorked fewer bottles last year as the global economy slowed dramatically, leaving the United States as the world’s largest consumer, an industry group reported. After years of non-stop growth, global wine consumption contracted by .8 percent last year, [...] Read More »

HAPPY DAYS for CALIFORNIA WINES

Being frugal is so chic these days. Americans are drinking more California wine but they’re choosing less expensive bottles. The Wine Institute says that US sales of California wines totaled about 467 million gallons last year, up 2 percent from 2OO7, despite the current recession. But the retail value of the sales was down slightly from 2OO7. Sales of California wine at restaurants fell 1O percent in terms of volume because budget-conscious people are eating [...] Read More »

ONE MILLION BOTTLES DOWN the DRAIN

It’s one thing not to cry over spilled milk. It’s an entirely different matter when it comes to spilled wine. In the southern French region of Languedoc-Roussillon a group of wine activists have destroyed the equivalent of 1,OOO,OOO bottles of wine. Now that’s just wasteful! The latest in a series of such actions, the unknown group broke into a wine cooperative in Nîmes and emptied all the wine vats. The wasted wine was worth almost [...] Read More »

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