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Sep 30, 2014

Authors cruise through California’s wine counties – one vineyard at a time

By Leslie Gevirtz

(Reuters) – Although authors Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen took two years to research their newest book “Wines of California, The Comprehensive Guide” it still was not enough time to visit all the 8,000-plus wineries that dot the state.

The door-stopper-sized book is written for consumers and wine lovers with a particular emphasis on people who are just learning about different winemaking regions.

Sep 9, 2014

New York wine makers vie with France’s top Merlot producers

NEW YORK, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Long Island wineries are
smaller, younger and have less experience than their French
counterparts, but some local vintners think the Merlot wines
they produce compare favorably with those made in Bordeaux.

Many different types of grapes flourish in island vineyards
90 miles east of New York City and are used by the area’s 56
wineries. But the one grape that is universally suited for all
of them is Merlot.

Aug 19, 2014

South Africa’s Chenin Blanc seeps onto summer stage

NEW YORK, Aug 19 (Reuters) – Chenin Blanc, the most widely
planted grape in South Africa, is a varietal once considered by
some to be “cheap and cheerful quaff,” but it is now gaining an
appreciation around the globe.

South African Chenin Blanc has found its way onto wine lists
at some of the world’s top restaurants, including Michelin
starred restaurants in New York and in Hong Kong.

Aug 12, 2014

For Euro pale lagers difference is in label, not taste – study

NEW YORK, Aug 12 (Reuters) – European pale lager comes in a
variety of brands but research shows that whatever the make of
the beer, consumers find it difficult to taste the difference
between them.

“Consumers are largely unable to distinguish between
different brands of European lagers in blind tastings,”
researchers reported in the Journal of the American Association
of Wine Economists.

Aug 5, 2014

Mezcal vies with tequila for bigger share of drink market

NEW YORK, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Mezcal, Mexico’s oldest smoky
spirit, has been gaining in popularity globally, and its much
bigger cousin, tequila, has taken notice, with one big corporate
brand returning to a centuries-old method of production.

Both drinks are made from agaves, cacti that are also known
as magueys. But at least 51 percent of tequila must consist of
steamed blue agave, while mezcal can be made from any variety
and is roasted.

Jun 10, 2014

Lone Star State makes wines with a Mediterranean touch

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Texas is known for many things: cowboys and cattle, oil and gas wells, the Alamo and a passion for college football. But wine?

Although Spanish missionaries planted vines in what is now Texas in the 1600s, the state dates its modern wine production only as far back as the 1970s.

Jun 3, 2014

China’s best-selling spirit Baijiu seeks a foothold in the West

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Just as Russia has its vodka, Mexico its tequila and Scotland its Scotch, China has its own distilled spirit, baijiu.

Baijiu is the world’s biggest-selling spirit category and represents a $23 billion market, according to research reports by McKinsey & Co and UBS.

Feb 11, 2014

Millennials, sparklers drive up Italian wine sales in U.S.

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Americans are drinking more Italian wines than Italians themselves, owing to the popularity of sparkling wines from the southern European country and millennials.

Italian varieties are the top imported wine in the United States, which is the world’s largest consumer market, according the Italian Wine and Food Institute.

Dec 17, 2013

Wine experts say holiday champagne recession is over

NEW YORK (Reuters) – After years of resorting to less costly sparkling beverages, many wine experts said they will be popping champagne corks this New Year’s Eve, which could be an indication of better economic times ahead.

A 2012 study by Karl Storchmann, an economics professor at New York University and managing editor of the Journal of Wine Economics, showed sales of French champagne are a fairly accurate indicator of Americans’ future income.

Dec 3, 2013

Shaken, stirred or straight up? U.S. toasts repeal of Prohibition

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Many Americans this week will toast the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition, a 14-year ban on the sale and production of alcoholic beverages that turned booze-smuggling thugs into celebrities and otherwise law-abiding citizens into criminals.

They may also want to toast one unintended consequence of Prohibition: a renaissance of cocktail creation that began as a way to make moonshine whiskey and bathtub gin more palatable. Creative bartenders have kept the tradition alive, and it continues to this day.