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03.2012

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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U.S. SPARKLING WINE SALES SPARKLES

  As Lily Bollinger so famously said, “I only drink champagne when I’m happy, and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I am not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty.” Americans it seems are getting on the Bolly bubbly bandwagon as US consumption of imported sparkling wine will [...] Read More »

WINE ICE CREAM – A PERFECT PAIRING

  Ben & Jerry’s watch out. There’s a hot new flavor out there that people can’t get enough of: Wine Ice Cream. Made by Mercer’s Dairy in upstate New York, the award-winning ice cream is available in several flavors that combine traditional ice cream favorites with popular wine varietals. All the wines used are from New York. There are four flavors: Riesling, Red Raspberry Chardonnay, Cherry Merlot, and Chocolate Cabernet. As these treats contain actual [...] Read More »

SMUGGLERS TAKE HEED

  If you’re smuggling wine in China and get caught, don’t expect a slap on the wrist. A man has been given a life sentence for illegally importing millions of dollars of fine wine into China. Sun Xitai was convicted of forging invoices and import contracts to evade import duties on 7O,OOO bottles worth CNY45m (US$7.13m) between January 2OO4 and December 2OO9, the Beijing Times reported. Sun altered the name, details and price of high-end [...] Read More »

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE YEAST

Is yeast terroir the next big thing in winemaking? It’s possible. Scientists in New Zealand have proved for the first time that wine yeasts vary from region to region. The research, conducted by Velimir Gayevskiy and Dr. Matthew Goddard of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland, detected distinct differences between indigenous yeast strains in different regions. “It’s widely accepted that the interaction of climatic, geographic and soil conditions with different grape [...] Read More »

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