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Wine Condoms Now A Million-Dollar Business

An entrepreneurial mother and son duo are laughing all the way to the bank as their quirky ‘wine condom’ business has amassed over a million dollars in sales. Founded in 2014 off the back of a successful Kickstarter campaign by entrepreneur Mitch Strahan and his 51-year-old mother Laura Bartlett, the … Read More

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French Wine Scientists Engineer Supergrapes

SCIENTISTS ENGINEER ‘SUPERGRAPES’ TO COMBAT FUNGAL DISEASE French wine scientists have engineered four new ‘supergrapes’, which have already been accepted into the official catalogue of French grape varieties, that are resistant to rot and require virtually no pesticides. Researchers embarked on a “breeding programme” called ResDur in 2000 to engineer … Read More

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Export Markets Shine For Rhone Vally

Sales of Rhône Valley wines remained stable last year with export sales proving particularly robust while harvest yields in 2017 were down 18%. In its annual overview of the region, InterRhône reports that total sales in 2017 amounted to 2.7 million hectolitres, with export volumes rising 7% in volume although … Read More

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Top French Estates Protest New Label Plans

More than 60 of France’s leading châteaux have written in protest to the government against proposals which could see cigarette-style warnings slapped on the front of their bottles. The 64 producers, including Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Yquem, Cheval Blanc and Pol Roger, wrote an open letter to the French daily Le … Read More

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Ann Vermeersch, Vigneronne d’origine Belge

Les vins de la vallée du Rhône à la reconquête de la Belgique L’an dernier, les exportations ont baissé de 6% selon la filière des Vins de la Vallée du Rhône. Alors pour doper les exportations, journalistes et blogueurs sont invités à faire le tour des vignobles.  Avec comme guide … Read More

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China’s craze for imported wine is about to end

The paradigm of China’s wine market is about to shift says the country’s biggest and oldest wine producer, Changyu Pioneers, as it predicts consumers’ years of “blind idolisation” for imported wine is about to come to a full stop. The consumer mentality that anything imported is better than domestically produced … Read More

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Bob Dylan unveils Heaven’s Door Whiskey brand

Legendary singer songwriter Bob Dylan has launched his own brand of Tennessee whiskey called Heaven’s Door, named after his 1973 hit that was later famously covered by Guns n’ Roses in 1987. The 76-year-old singer and Nobel laureate has teamed up with liquor entrepreneur Marc Bushala, who is also the co-founder and … Read More

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Spirits brands are abandoning Twitter

In the wake of Wetherspoon’s retirement from social media, new research has revealed how household names like Bacardi and Drambuie are abandoning Twitter in their droves. Research carried out by drinks specialist agency YesMore has found that a number of spirits brands including Bacardi are moving away from Twitter as … Read More

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Wines Listed from Dry to Sweet (Charts)

Any wine – be it Riesling or Cabernet – can be either dry or sweet. The sweetness of wine is determined by the winemaker. Of course, popular varietal wines and styles tend to share the same sweetness level. Wine sweetness ranges from virtually nothing to upwards of 70% sweetness (like a rare … Read More

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US cannabis producer signs 5-year deal with Canada

Cannabis producer Hydropothecary has signed a five-year deal with Quebec’s alcohol distributor, with total volume estimated at more than 200,000kg, ahead of Canada’s expected marijuana legalisation this year. Hydropothecary announced yesterday (11 April) that it had signed an agreement with the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) which will see … Read More

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Making wine without adding sulphur

Can one avoid adding sulphur during the wine-making process? This article investigates alternative paths chosen by various producers, at all stages between grape reception and bottling. It also collects their opinions today, after several years of experience and experiments. First of all, one should really be talking about sulphites rather than … Read More

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Grenache MasterClass

  Come learn about Grenache and taste the LePlan-Vermeersch GT-Grenache 2015 and other amazing grenache wines!   Meet the #grenachistas: Château Revelette – Château Bois d’Arlène – Chêne Bleu Domaine de Mourchon – Domaine La Barroche – Domaine Vintur Epicure Wines – LePlan-Vermeersch – La Clef de St Thomas Pares … Read More