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04.2010

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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RIESLING GETS AN UPDATE

Riesling’s biggest problem has long been the public perception that it is a cloyingly sweet white wine. Of course, Riesling wines are quite diverse and complex – but how do you convince consumers of this when the stigma has been around for decades? Enter the International Riesling Foundation (IRF), a non-profit industry group formed to promote the grape. As part of a new marketing initiative from IRF, Riesling bottles being sold in the US this [...] Read More »

WINE EXPORTS ARE FALLING, FALLING

Value is the name of the game these days, especially where wine is concerned. French and California wine exports declined last year as consumers in the US and Europe hurt by the economic slump spent less in restaurants, opted for cheaper brands and shunned expensive champagne. Sales of French wine outside its home market fell 17% last year to 7.74 billion euros (US$1O.5 billion), the Paris-based Federation of Wine Exporters stated. Champagne exports took the [...] Read More »

THE GREAT PINOT NOIR SCANDAL

If they hadn’t been so greedy, they just might never have been caught. A dozen French winemakers and traders have been found guilty of a massive scam to sell 18 million bottles of fake Pinot Noir to E&J Gallo. The judge said the producers and traders had severely damaged the reputation of the Langedoc region. The 12 more than doubled profits passing off the wine to Gallo under its popular Red Bicyclette brand. Gallo was [...] Read More »

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