Wine may have 10% more alcohol than on label

on 06/02/14 at 11:13 am

Wine

indexTHE amount of alcohol in wine has risen around the world in the past 20 years, with a leading wine economist estimating there is 10% more alcohol in a standard bottle than what is written on the label.

Professor Julian Alston, the director of the Robert Mondavi Institute Center for Wine Economics at the University of California, gave an address about his research at a conference in port Macquarie on Wednesday.

He told the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economists Society that the alcohol content of both red and white wines had been rising steadily for two decades.

His research included data from Australia, Canada and the United States, and found alcohol content in most wines rose about 0.5% over that period.

While the research sought to look for rising alcohol due to climate change and hotter seasons, he said it was part of a directed strategy by wine producers.

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