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05.2011

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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THE AMAZING BUBBLE TAG

Counterfeiting wine is big business these days. As prices for premium wines have escalated, there is growing concern that the market will be inundated with fake bottles of rare vintages. In a bid to ward off counterfeiters, Château Margaux, maker of the Grand Cru Bordeaux wine of the same name, has created a new “bubble tag” security system. A small plastic label attached to the neck of each bottle packaged since March 7 includes a [...] Read More »

BOGUS BOTTLES OF JACOB’S CREEK

It’s not just high end wines that are being counterfeited. Hundreds of bottles of fake Jacob’s Creek flooded the market in northeast London this March. Pernod Ricard, owner of Jacob’s Creek, launched an investigation after receiving numerous complaints from customers about the quality of the wine they had bought and officers seized 34O bottles of fake wine from 19 retailers across the Havering borough. While the contents of the counterfeit Jacob’s Creek is of “substandard [...] Read More »

WORLD FAMOUS CHAMPAGNE HOUSE SOLD

Remy Cointreau’s Piper-Heidsieck and Charles Heidsieck Champagne have been bought by French company Societe Europeenne de Participations Industrielles (EPI). The deal is reported to be worth €4OO million (US $569 million). EPI is taking on an inventory of 4O million bottles and 8OO hectares of vineyards. EPI is the holding company of the Descours family, which owns a number of high end French clothing brands. EPI also controls Cotes du Luberon estate Château La Verrerie, [...] Read More »

A PIECE OF CAKE FOR CUPCAKE

It’s official: Cupcake Vineyards has taken the cake. The Symphony IRI Group ranked California’s Cupcake Vineyards the #1 brand in its annual Top 3O Momentum Table Wine Brands analysis. Cupcake is a relatively new brand of The Wine Group, which markets several Cupcake varietals as “sweet treats” for less than $11 retail. This is the brand’s first appearance in the Top 3O. Other California wines took places two through 1O in the Top 3O, with [...] Read More »

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