The program features a similar format as 2012, but now also includes more sessions and speakers in the two-day program, a hard cider workshop, 90 percent new speakers, and more time to visit the expanded trade show which will feature 160 to 180 exhibiting companies.
The hillside vineyards of New York's Finger Lakes region make money producing fine Rieslings and inviting tourists to sip white wine by the water's edge. Now winery owners are worried about the prospect of a grittier kind of economic development: gas drilling.
The global auction market for fine wines, which saw more than $500 million in sales in 2011, is expected to shrink to about $400 million this year as supplies and credit tighten and bidders back away from Bordeaux, experts said on Tuesday.
A just-completed industry census through the U.S. Department of Agriculture showed there were 105 wineries statewide in 2011, an increase of 36 percent from 2006 and production grew 16 percent to nearly 652,000 gallons a year.
Wineries save about $1.50 per bottle and in shipping unbreakable kegs. Consumers enjoy vibrant wine flavor with no chance of oxidation or the so-called "corked" taint. Restaurant costs are reduced about 15 percent by the reduced number of returned bottles.
There are five Pyren Vineyard wines in the new range from the 32 ha property set in the Warrenmang Valley, Pyrenees region in Victoria, which will be available to independent retailers, wholesalers and the on-trade.
Rudy Zuidema, owner of Flash Wine Technologies, is a winemaker and consulting vineyard manager who passionately believes in organic farming. That's why his decision to start his own business, in which he explodes grapes at 190 degrees Fahrenheit, came as something of a surprise.
Those of us who dabble in wine tend to take lots of basic information for granted. I was reminded of this recently when a friend, a casual wine-drinker, asked if she should buy a Bordeaux or a malbec to serve at a wedding. She thought Bordeaux was a kind of grape.
Nigeria's huge wine market is valued at about N47.4 billion ($300 million) a year, and is projected to expand even further in the next few years, on the back of a burgeoning middle class. The middle class is increasingly taking to assorted brands of wine, and other luxury goods.