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What oak brings to your wine: Tannin, flavors, aromas

April 21, 2015 2:14 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

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The ancient Celts were a people of the forest. They used a lot of wood in their daily lives, for housing, cookery and art. Sometime around the 5th century B.C., they came up with an ingenious new way with wood; they formed it into barrels, for storing liquids such as water, ale and, eventually, when this… read more

Poor grape harvest leads to slump in German wine exports

April 14, 2015 1:49 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

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Dusseldorf (dpa) – A relatively poor grape harvest in Germany led to disappointing wine export sales in 2014, the German Wine Institute (DWI) announced ahead of an international wine and spirits fair that starts Monday in Dusseldorf. German wine producers exported 120 million litres of wine worth 315 million euros (339 million dollars) in 2014, a… read more

Wines displayed in la Bordeauxthéque at its grand opening party, in the newly-launched French department store Galeries Lafayette, in Beijing on Feb 27, 2014. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn] Wine consumption in China rose by 5.6 percent last year compared with 2013, despite a gloomy political and economic situation for the market, a research report said on Wednesday. A total… read more

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How It Feels To Get Drunk On ‘Hangover-Free’ Red Wine

April 7, 2015 1:43 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

In my line of work there are a few perks, and testing out a wine that reduces the dreaded “red-wine headache” is surely one of them. Although I would not go as far to say that Veglio Michelino & Figlio’s low-histamine wine is absolutely hangover-resistant, it did certainly make for a better drinking experience. What Are… read more

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Niagara wines anchor Vintages release

April 3, 2015 3:09 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

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The latest Vintages release weaves a rich tapestry of wines to choose from, and for some unknown reason, not as many dogs showed up this time. The wines that wagged my tail are highlighted in my bottle reviews. These five represent affordable luxury and beat out dozens of other contenders for value. I am delighted to… read more

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The World’s Best Selling Beers by Country

March 30, 2015 7:12 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

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China’s drinks sector suffers New Year hangover

February 3, 2015 3:29 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

Jody may not be the world’s biggest fan of baijiu but our Editors track liquor and wine consumption in China very closely. The Middle Kingdom has become the new epicenter of wine consumption and a slow down here could have effect far and wide.Fortunately many new e-commerce channels are opening n China so we’re pretty excited t see what kind of pioneering online wine sales will come from the likes of Alibaba and more.

Although 2015 has so far started on a relatively positive note for China’s drinks industry with a slight increase in stock prices, the nation’s baijiu sector remains sluggish. A visitor inspects liquor products at a recent wine and spirits trade fair in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province. Apart from Moutai, which saw 2 percent growth in… read more
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Lost heaven’s mystic touch

January 26, 2015 12:40 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink
My frequent visits to restaurants across Beijing have become boring. For a while now, I’ve been finding food to be either delicious or simply monotonous. The ground floor bar.[Photo by Feng Yongbin/China Daily] A heady mix of ethnic cuisines from Yunnan, along an ancient tea route, makes the Beijing restaurant a go-to place. My frequent visits… read more
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US Fine Wine Industry Expected to Grow in 2015

January 22, 2015 12:32 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

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Annual State of the Wine Industry Report Forecasts Growth in 2015:- Increased Demand for Fine Wine Driven by an Improving Economy- 14-18% Sales Growth- Higher Bottle Prices according to a report released today by Silicon Valley Bank.

“We are seeing real strength in the U.S. economy going into 2015, which will increase demand for wine,” said Rob McMillan, founder of Silicon Valley Bank’s Wine Division and author of the report. “Declining oil prices are transferring wealth to oil-consuming countries, the employment picture is improving, the US dollar is strengthening and interest rates will move at a measured pace. As long as the industrialized world economies can hold their own, the middle-income consumer will see improved prospects. We’ll be toasting to that.”

“We are especially positive on the year ahead,” McMillan said. “We expect the fine wine business will experience accelerating growth, achieving 14–18 percent sales growth in 2015. At the same time, the cellars are full with several consecutive years of very good vintages.”

Based on a survey of nearly 600 West Coast wineries, in-house expertise and ongoing research, SVB’s Annual State of the Wine Industry report covers trends and addresses current issues facing the US wine industry. The report offers unique data and observations that help wine business owners and managers think critically about their business strategies.

Key findings and predictions:

Supply: We expect to see the third consecutive harvest of heavy yield and great quality across most appellations.

Sales Growth: After finishing the year at the top end of our predicted sales growth of 6% – 10% in 2014, we are predicting a breakout year of growth in the fine wine category in the 14%-18% range in 2015.

Pricing: While the large supply of wines in the cellars should normally indicate continued depressed pricing, we believe 2015 will be a year of both volume and price increases in the fine wine segment, driven by an improving economy and higher demand.

Demand: Wines priced below $7 a bottle performed poorly both on and off premise in 2014. This poor performance is likely to continue in 2015.

Planting: Grape planting is shifting regionally. Oregon and Washington are showing strong growth in planting on a percentage basis and we expect that this will continue for the foreseeable future given favorable quality and price dynamics relative to the fine wine growing regions in California.

All in all 2015 looks like it will be a good year for the industry and pretty good one for consumers. We wine lovers may end up paying a little more but the quality and variety of wines should be worth it.

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Portugal is shaking up the wine world

December 16, 2014 9:47 am - Posted by Jody in Drink
LISBON, Portugal — The world’s greatest wine region? If you’re thinking Bordeaux, Burgundy or Napa Valley, it may be time to think again. Wines from Portugal’s Douro Valley claimed three of the top four places in Wine Spectator’s 2014 top 100 ranking — including the No. 1 spot awarded to Dow’s 2011 Vintage Port. “It’s been… read more
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