Thousands of visitors visited the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco to celebrate America's Heritage Wine, Zinfandel. The Grand Tasting on Saturday, February 2, featured the world's largest Zinfandel tasting with over 200 wineries and hundreds of Zinfandel wines.
Wine Opinions has just competed a tracking study of 902 U.S. wine consumers and 297 members of the wine trade regarding usage, preferences, sales, and numerous other market position aspects of wines imported to the U.S. from every major wine producing country and region.
For most consumers, the corporate ownership of a wine brand might not matter, as long as the wine tastes good. Those of us who spend too much time thinking about and drinking wine still prefer the small-scale ideal of the winemaker toiling over the fermenting juice with purple-stained hands, wielding makeshift tools that someday might be on exhibit in the Smithsonian.
In the lead-up to its trade fair in Bordeaux, France this June, Vinexpo commissioned a detailed report on the world's wine and spirits consumption that revealed Canadians go through 15 litres of wine per capita, or roughly 100 glasses per year.
An industry expert warned local winemakers about business changes that are working against them but also offered advice for success in a recent talk organized by the UCSB Economic Forecast Project at Terravant Winery in Buellton.
Hard cider is a rapidly growing trend in the U.S., but one California winemaker has been working on an English-inspired version for nearly two decades. Paso Robles' Lone Madrone Winery is now out with its 2012 vintage Bristols Hard Cider, made using apples sourced entirely from San Luis Obispo County orchards, primarily in the Sea Canyon region.
Among all the major countries, the UK was the fastest growing export market for Lebanese wines in 2012. Total exports to the UK was increased by 7.9 percent to $14.3 million, whereas sales in the U.S. and France went up by 29.8 percent to $1.9 million and by 4.8 percent to $2.4 million, respectively.
Australian Vintage, an Australia-based winery that produces and exports bulk and bottled wine, is to strengthen its position in the U.K. wine markets by introducing new wine products under its core McGuigan portfolio.
A Russian official said Monday that Moscow may soon resume imports of Georgian wine, mineral water and fruit after a seven-year ban, the first tentative step toward repairing the ruptured ties between the two ex-Soviet neighbors.
The winery will have a tasting bar, lounge and barrel room, and barn wood, stone and earth tones will be incorporated in the interior and exterior design "to reflect the winery's location at the base of the Horse Heaven Hills appellation," a Ste. Michelle news release said.
A forthcoming version of the Wine software compatibility layer will enable users to run applications originally written for Microsoft's Windows platform to run on devices powered by Google's Android mobile operating system.
The proposal passed the state Senate last year, but couldn't get through the Assembly. Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, R-Clarence, represents several of the Niagara wineries in her district. She said the legislation has a good chance to get through Albany this year.
Sharing a common vision, the founders of Paragon Label and Vintners Global Resource have formed a strategic partnership to provide small-and-medium-size wineries with a package of labels, bottles, supplies and services from a single source.