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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.

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

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.