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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.

Nov 26, 2013

Americans reap a bounty of advice on Thanksgiving wine

NEW YORK, Nov 26 (Reuters) – As Americans search for that
perfect wine to complement the traditional Thanksgiving feast,
experts smile, give a slight shake of their heads and say, just
drink what you like.

With so many different competing flavors at the Thanksgiving
table, including the turkey, wines can be matched to the
cranberry dressing, or even the marshmallows on the sweet
potatoes, according to Doug Frost, a wine consultant for United
Airlines.

Nov 19, 2013

Weight-conscious drinkers lured with low-cal wines

NEW YORK, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Winemakers are luring
health-conscious, weight-watching consumers to shops with
low-calorie wines that are 100 calories or less per glass.

U.S. television talk show host Bethenny Frankel recently
launched a line of eight wines ranging from Prosecco to a red
blend under her SkinnyGirl brand. The wines are marketed as
having just 100 calories for a 5-ounce (148 ml) serving and sell
for $15.

Oct 29, 2013

Wine clubs offer convenience, value but may not be for everyone

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Wine clubs that advertise in the Sunday Times of London, The New York Times and other publications offer convenience and choice for consumers, especially those who are pressed for time or who live far from big cities.

But experts said the clubs may not be the right fit for savvy buyers who can shop for wines at stores with large selections and knowledgeable staff.

Sep 20, 2013

(OFFICIAL)-Rain, hail, tempests, plague Europe grape harvests but wine will flow

NEW YORK, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Many of Europe’s grape growers
have been hit by hail, windstorms, heavy rains, cold and clouds
resulting in one of the worst harvests in decades.

From France, the world’s biggest wine producer, to Austria
and Greece and across the Atlantic in the United States,
winemakers say this has been an unusual year.

Sep 17, 2013

Rain, hail, tempests, plague Europe grape harvests but wine will flow

NEW YORK, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Many of Europe’s grape growers
have been hit by hail, windstorms, heavy rains, cold and clouds
resulting in one of the worst harvests in decades.

From France, the world’s biggest wine producer, to Austria
and Greece and across the Atlantic in the United States,
winemakers say this has been an unusual year.

Jun 19, 2013

For wine investors, it’s hard work to drink in success

NEW YORK, June 19 (Reuters) – When investing in wine, as
opposed to drinking it, experts advise leaving your taste buds
at the cellar door but keeping your eyes wide-open.

Wine is highly regulated, but the market it trades in is
not, and the entry fee is not for the faint of heart.

Dec 27, 2012

Sparkling wines, easier on the budget than Champagne

NEW YORK, Dec 27 (Reuters) – Krug Champagne, which sold at
auction for nearly $5,000 a bottle earlier this month, may be a
bit too pricey for many holiday budgets, but wine experts say
there are more affordable alternatives on offer.

Sparkling wines, from France, Spain, Germany and the United
States, are a good substitute for Champagne and won’t break the
budget.