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Tag Archives: Italy

• China Overtakes France in Vineyards

China Overtakes France in Vineyards

China has become the second-largest vineyard area in the world after Spain, pushing France into third place. The International Organisation of Vine and Wine (IOVW) said China now had 799,000 hectares (1.97 million acres) of land devoted to vineyards. That compared with 1.02 million hectares in Spain. Experts pointed out that not all of China’s […]

• Italian PM Woos Obama With Super Tuscans

Italian PM Woos Obama With Super Tuscans

Obama joked that it would be “insulting” not to try the Sassicaia, Ornellaia and Tignanello given to him by Renzi during a state visit to the White House in Washington. During the visit, the duo reportedly shared a glass of Tuscan wine together. “I brought a few bottles of wine for Barack, because I know that […]

• Remember Marsala Wine? It’s Coming Back!

Remember Marsala Wine? It’s Coming Back!

Sicily has been a major wine producer since it was ruled by the ancient Greeks. The island is ideal for viticulture, thanks to its combination of a balmy climate (around 300 days of fine weather each year) and fertile, volcanic soil. Unfortunately, during much of the modern era, Sicily’s bountiful harvest resulted in low-caliber, bulk vino, […]

• Italian Winemakers to Meet with Pope Francis

Italian Winemakers to Meet with Pope Francis

A group of 150 Italian winemakers, grape growers and sommeliers are to meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican in January to ask for him to pray for a good harvest in 2015. According to reports in the Italian media, the meeting was organised by Franco Ricci, director of the Italian wine guide Bibenda and […]

• Italian police foil attempt at ‘world’s greatest wine fraud’

Italian police foil attempt at ‘world’s greatest wine fraud’

Officers seize over 165,000 litres alleged scammers planned to sell as renowned Brunello. Italian police foiled an attempted scam aimed at passing off over 165,000 litres of cheap red wine as one of the country’s most famous, which usually sells for between €35 and €500 a bottle. Finance police recently blocked the intended “sting” and […]

• Carlos Santana Sells Hot Tequila Biz In Latest Booze Deal

Carlos Santana Sells Hot Tequila Biz In Latest Booze Deal

U.S. alcoholic beverage giant Constellation Brands (IW 500/306) (STZ) said Wednesday it will buy Casa Noble, a Mexican organic tequila maker partly owned by music icon Carlos Santana. “As the first super premium spirits brand we’ll add to our portfolio, Casa Noble is a natural fit,” Constellation CEO Rob Sands said, adding that the acquisition […]

• Italy’s Campari Buys Sicilian Rival Averna For $143MIL

Italy’s Campari Buys Sicilian Rival Averna For $143MIL

(Reuters) – Italian drinks group Davide Campari has agreed to buy Fratelli Averna in a deal valuing the Sicilian spirits company that makes Averna, Italy’s second best-selling bitter, at 103.75 million euros ($143 million).

• The Best Spring Wine You’ve Never Heard Of

The Best Spring Wine You’ve Never Heard Of

“MY FAVORITE spring wine is one that is almost impossible to find. Never mind that it’s made all over the world—France and Italy, Germany and Austria and even California and Oregon. Or that it’s refreshing and crisp and even pairs well with so-called “difficult” foods like asparagus and other green vegetables. It remains woefully obscure—at […]

• Top 10 Billionaires In The Liquor Industry

Top 10 Billionaires In The Liquor Industry

Forbes magazine releases the lists of the world’s billionaires, including those who have made their money in the liquor industry. These super-rich tycoons tend to enjoy topnotch wines and other alcoholic beverages to celebrate their success. Jorge Paulo Lemann, who used to be a banker, found fortune in the alcohol business. He is now the […]

• Tiny new winery in Paso Robles wins gold at wine competition

Tiny new winery in Paso Robles wins gold at wine competition

2010 Aleksander red Bordeaux blend wins a gold Goran Bjekovic owns a tiny new winery just east of Paso Robles. He only became a wine lover 14 years ago, when he moved his family from Slovenia to Italy, and then to California where his love for wine turned into a passion, and where his stepson […]

• European Consumers Prefer Aluminum Closures For Wine/Spirits

European Consumers Prefer Aluminum Closures For Wine/Spirits

Among the factors driving the preference for aluminum wine/spirits closures are reclosability and recyclability. When it comes to wine and spirits closures, a majority of European consumers prefer aluminum over other options. That’s according to a recent survey of 6,000 consumers conducted by market research company IPSOS. The study, which took place in five major […]

• Convict-Made Wine To Hit NYC Restaurants

Convict-Made Wine To Hit NYC Restaurants

Bottles of wine made by convicted murderers are to go on sale at some of New York’s most stylish restaurants, according to a report in The New York Post. Mario Batali’s Del Posto, in Chelsea, and the Midtown Italian hotspot Felidia, are planning to serve up bottles of Frescobaldi per Gorgona DOC – a crisp white […]

• How to Read Italian Wine Labels. Prego.

How to Read Italian Wine Labels. Prego.

Learn to understand Italian wine labels enough to get what you want. Here is a great set of tips and advice to keep handy so you can find and enjoy more Italian wine. Parts of an Italian Wine Label Italian wine labels are widely varied in how they look. Fortunately there are a specific set […]

• Montalcino Wine Growers Throw Out 50% Of Good Grapes, Here’s Why

Montalcino Wine Growers Throw Out 50% Of Good Grapes, Here’s Why

“During the grape harvest of 2013, I was visiting Tenuta Il Poggione in Montalcino, home to some of Italy’s most expensive wines. As I walked the vineyards with winemaker Fabrizio Bindocci, harvesters all around us carved gorgeous, lush, fully ripe bunches of Sangiovese grapes from the vines. And then they dropped them on the ground, […]

• The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert

The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert

Taking The Snobbery Out Of Studying Wine Talking about wine can be a bit intimidating, rife with terms like tannin and terroir. Master Sommelier Richard Betts is on a mission to help people enjoy wine as a grocery, not a luxury. Betts talks with NPR’s Jennifer Ludden about his book, The Essential Scratch and Sniff […]