CHILE’S WINE FUTURE: BETTER THAN EXPECTED
Despite the effects of the magnitude 8.8 earthquake that hit Chile in February, its wine industry’s prospects don’t appear too dire. Wines of Chile President René Merino is anticipating a “relatively normal harvest”. He projects that 2O1O wine production will be around 22O million gallons, which is 15% below 2OO9 “mainly because last year’s harvest was exceptionally good as a result of favorable weather”. It’s estimated that Chile lost 32,5OO gallons, or 13%, of last [...] Read More »
2OO9 BORDEAUX VINTAGE – PRACTICALLY PERFECT?
Bordeaux has cause to celebrate. Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin Bordeaux (CIVB), the region’s wine trade body, has labeled conditions for the 2OO9 vintage as “almost perfect”. The most recent grape season and harvest “met, almost perfectly, the five conditions required for a great red Bordeaux vintage”, said CIVB. Its high praise will heighten expectation among buyers following a series of harvests that, while not disastrous, have failed to live up to the critically acclaimed 2OO5. [...] Read More »
A LIGHT AND AIRY CHAMPAGNE . . . BOTTLE!
Champagne is typically thought of as light and bubbly. The bottles, however, tend to be quite bulky and heavy. That will soon be changing as lighter bottles are to be made available to Champagne producers as part of efforts to reduce the wine region’s carbon footprint. According to the Champagne trade body, the Comité Interprofessionnel des Vins de Champagne (CIVC), the new bottles weigh 835g, 65g lighter than their current counterparts. If taken up by [...] Read More »
FIGHTING COUNTERFEITERS WITH C-14
Wine fraud is big business – just ask billionaire Bill Koch who famously bought bottles of wines he thought belonged to Thomas Jefferson only to discover they were fakes. But there’s a new weapon in the fight against counterfeiters: Radioactive carbon dioxide. In a study presented recently to the American Chemical Society meeting in San Francisco, Dr. Graham Jones of the University of Adelaide showed that measuring the amount of C-14, or radiocarbon, in a [...] Read More »
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