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Verily, verdicchio, vernaccia and vermentino are the “veni, vidi, vici” of Italian white wine grapes, the Italian Vs of wine. (I could add the grapes verduzzo, verdiso and vespaiolo, but you rarely see them, in this country, as wines.) Verdicchio is also known as trebbiano di Soave and called such when grown in the north of… read more

‘China Will Rock Our Wine World’

May 21, 2015 9:22 am - Posted by Jody in Drink

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China is in the midst of another red revolution, but this one involves red wine. Over the past 15 years, its fledgling wine industry has expanded dramatically, with vineyards now occupying more than 3,000 square miles of land, according to a report by the International Organization of Vine and Wine. That’s more than 10 percent of… read more

Millennials Drive Craft Beer Growth

May 19, 2015 3:10 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

Craft brewers have broken into the big leagues of brewing — breaching 11 percent of beer produced in the U.S. by volume in 2014, marking the first time that small and medium-sized breweries have topped double-digit production levels in a market long dominated by a handful of large brewers. Craft beer’s share last year was up… read more

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

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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

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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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