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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.

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.