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08.2009

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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SPAIN TAKES NUMBER 2 SPOT

These are good days for Spanish wines. Spain has overtaken France as the number two exporter of wines in volume terms according to figures from the International Organization of Vine & Wine. The data shows that Italy still leads the export charts with 17.2 million liters sold abroad in 2OO8. Spain exported 16.9 million liters and France 13.6 million hectoliters – though the French still lead the world with the sales value of their wine [...] Read More »

ORGANIC WINE? NOT SO FAST

Everywhere you look these days products tout themselves as organic. But are they really? It would seem that some companies have taken liberties with their definition of organic. Restrictions, however, are tightening. Based on a memorandum between the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has alerted the industry that AMS has changed the labeling policies for wines which contain both [...] Read More »

HELLO VINO!

How did the world ever get along without the iPhone and its apps? You can learn to dance study a language, find a restaurant and now select a wine. “Hello Vino” is a free app available through iTunes that delivers personalized wine recommendations to an iPhone or iPod Touch. The app selects the appropriate wine to go with a meal or occasion, or to give as a gift. Wine shoppers need only install the app [...] Read More »

WHAT’S YOUR WINE KNOWLEDGE?

Perhaps we’re not as wine savvy as we all think we are. According to new research consumers in both the US and the UK are comfortable with some concept of regionality, but New World regions are the biggest sufferers. The study was conducted by Wine Intelligence using the Vinitrac consumer data tracking system in both countries. In a program at the London International Wine Fair, Wine Intelligence’s CEO Lulie Halstead and her coworker Erica Donoho [...] Read More »

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