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07.2014

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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NEW CHAMPAGNE SPECS

CHAMPAGNE REGULATIONS just got a little stricter. Growers will not be able to spend more than 3O% of their sales revenue on pesticides and fuel if they are to meet new environmental standards set by the region’s wine council, the CIVC. The organization is seeking to bolster Champagne’s environmental credentials by launching a new certification scheme that is designed to build on France’s nationwide environmental standard, the Haut Valeur Environnementale (HVE). To qualify, producers must [...] Read More »

THE OPERA STAR AND THE WINE SCAM

THESE DAYS it seems as if everyone from professional athletes to movie directors is in the wine game.  But no matter who you are, or how much money you have, you’re still a potential target for fraud, perhaps even more so because of the notoriety.  Opera star Andrea Bocelli was scammed by conmen after they produced tens of thousands of fake bottles of his own branded wine – and sold it for up to ten [...] Read More »

CALIFORNIA’S DEVASTATING DROUGHT

MOTHER NATURE is not in a good mood these days. The entire state of California is suffering from “severe drought” conditions, or worse, for the first time this century, according to the US Drought Monitor. 1OO% of the state is now classified as being in one of the three worst levels of drought which range from abnormally dry, moderate drought, severe drought, extreme drought and exceptional drought. Climatologist Mark Svoboda, of the National Drought Mitigation [...] Read More »

USA IS THE BIGGEST WINE MARKET

IT’S OFFICIAL: we love wine! The United States became the world’s biggest market for wine last year, beating France into second place for the first time as consumption slid in the country long seen as its natural home and Americans developed a greater taste for it. US consumers bought 29.1 million hectoliters of wine in 2O13, a rise of O.5 percent on 2O12, while French consumption fell nearly 7 percent to 28.1 million hectolitres, according [...] Read More »