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9 Trends Driving Wine Sales in 2016

This year in wine will be determined by a number of emerging and established trends. Most notably, perhaps, is the rise of Millennials (especially women) as a major demographic of wine drinkers. But so...

Champagne Bollinger Names New General Manager

Société Jacques Bollinger (SJB) announced this week that the company has named Charles-Armand de Belenet as the general manager of Champagne Bollinger, effective Sept. 5. de Belenet, 46, brings with him 20 years of experience in...

Don And Sons Custard Chardonnay

Don and Sons has announced a new wine, their 2013 Custard Chardonnay. This "comfort wine" is rich and creamy on the nose, according to the company, with flavors of toasted almond and vanilla derived from six months of French-oak aging. Predominant tasting notes...

The State of Merlot, 15 Years After ‘Sideways’

It has now been 15 years since the release of the Alexander Payne hit film “Sideways.” Many credited this movie with killing merlot sales when Miles Raymond, played by actor Paul Giamatti, proclaimed “If...

By the Glass: Unlucky in Love but Lucky in Wine

Verona is home to many things, like an authentic ancient Roman arena that’s still hosting events after two thousand years and a not-so-authentic Juliet’s balcony, modeled after Shakespeare’s tragic heroine. The city is also...

Why The 2015 Beaujolais Vintage Could Be The Best Since 1947

The King of Beaujolais liked what he tasted from 2015. Legendary French winemaker and merchant Georges Duboeuf was on hand Wednesday to present his company’s 2015 Beaujolais vintage of small-batch Domaine and Chateau Cru wines....

Building Wine Sales

Americans today are living in a golden age of wine, with more varietals, labels and vineyards available to them than ever before. And they, in turn, are literally gobbling the stuff up, both as...

La Villa Barton Côtes de Provence AOC

Barton & Guestier, a French producer of premium wines, has announced La Villa Barton Côtes de Provence AOC, an estate-bottled rosé from one of France’s hottest growing categories, according to the company. Sourced from the region around...

Small Country, Big Wine

Portugal is the relative size of Maine. Nevertheless, the country contains the ninth largest total vineyard area in the world. It also ranks eleventh globally in wine production, and eighth in per-capita wine consumption. Portugal...

After 50 Years, Hi-Time Wine Cellars Remains a Community Institution.

Note: This feature ran in a supplement in the latest issue of Beverage Dynamics that celebrated family-owned businesses in the beverage alcohol industry. Chuck Hanson remembers the first six-pack he ever sold. It was 1957. His brother, Fritz, and...