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05.2009

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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ROSÉ RAGE

THESE ARE CHALLENGING TIMES for France’s wine industry. Rosé is traditionally made by crushing red grapes and allowing it to extract some color before fermentation sets in. However the EU wants to change the terms of rosé production by allowing the blending of red and white wines. The method is legal in Champagne but rarely done elsewhere in Europe. France is the world’s premier rosé-maker. It accounts for 1O% of global production and 28% of [...] Read More »

SUGAR-GATE

IT’S ONE THING to add an extra pinch of sugar when baking.  It’s an entirely different matter to add extra sugar when making Beaujolais.  Fifty-three wine producers in the so-called “Beaujolais sugar case” are being fined by a French court after being found guilty of using excessive amounts of sugar to raise alcohol levels in their 2OO4 wines.  The fines range from $26OO to $26OOO.  The fines are higher than prosecutors had requested and have [...] Read More »

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