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06.2012

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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DEREGULATING SULPHITES

 When it comes to labeling on alcohol, there’s always controversy and sulphites are no exception. In 2OO9 the European Commission implemented mandatory registration of sulphite use and it has been hotly contested by growers’ organizations ever since. After three years of lobbying by European wine growers, who claimed the measure was disproportionate, inefficient and inapplicable, the Commission backtracked and is putting an end to the registration policy. The new ruling recognizes the need to reduce [...] Read More »

CHAMPAGNE DREAMS GO POP

 France’s sparkling wine industry may be in for some tough times in the coming years as up to a third of some Champagne vineyards were hurt by heavy frosts in April. Temperatures dropped to -3°C (26.6°F) in the Côte des Blancs with villages like Avize, Cramant and Chouilly the worst hit, while there was more widespread damage in the Côte des Bar as temperatures there fell to -5°C (25°F). Chardonnay in the Côte des Blancs [...] Read More »

WINES THAT GET RESPECT

 It’s one thing to be a best seller; it’s an entirely different thing to be respected. Sixty members of the global wine community recently nominated the wine brands they admire the most. For the second year in a row, Concha y Toro claimed top honors as the World’s Most Admired Wine Brand, according to a survey by drinks international. In second place, also for the second year in a row, is Torres, followed by Antinori, [...] Read More »

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