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In The News: Can Europe Be Saved?

Vinted on December 18, 2007 binned in wine news

You may not guess it from the sky-high prices of the top Bordeaux chateaus (some fetching in excess of $1000 USD per bottle – and presumably on allocation to those who can afford their own islands), but the European wine market has been in trouble for a few years.

With labels that many international consumers find confusing, and laws that restrict varietals, winemaking conditions, grape production, and dictate what techniques can be used by winemakers, EU (aka “Old World”) producers have been searching for the magic formula that will allow them to better compete with their “New World” counterparts…

While many producers in the EU have strong ‘brands’ (mostly linked to the most famous of their chateaus), countries like the United States, Australia, Chile, and Canada have stronger marketing, cheaper land, and encourage more innovative vineyard and winemaking practices by having far fewer restrictions on their production. Which is why, in the cheaper wine department, these countries are taking the traditional EU wine countries to the cleaners in the marketplace – and cheaper, everyday wine is, by far, the largest volume of wine produced and sold in the world today. And now EU producers are getting handed their lunch as wine sales of producers in their own countries are falling as the onslaught of New World wine marketing hits their shores.

The stakes are not insignificant – wine has accounted for over 5% of the EU’s agricultural output, employing about 1.5 million people.

So, what can the EU do about it? Presumably, they can argue. EU farm ministers have proposed some progressive steps, but some countries still don’t want to play ball, and are stymieing the process. Which is a shame – those countries may wine the battle, but without some sort of compromise, can the EU hope to wine the wine War?

Updated Dec. 19 – Looks like the answer may be ‘Yes’ – see more details in the news here.


 

 

In the News: NJ Fights for Wine Shipping Rights (Give Us Free! – Part III)

Vinted on December 9, 2007 binned in wine news, wine shipping

Found a great article on Newsday.com today detailing how the current archaic U.S. state wine shipping laws are negatively impacting the budding wine production business in New Jersey.

And if you think NJ is not state with fine wine potential, then you’ve probably not yet tasted the premium reds from Tomasello Winery, which was one of the top favorite picks of Andrea Immer on her TV show Simply Wine. For the record, Tomasello has stopped shipping wine to consumers within their own state.

This same scenario is playing out with similar negative effects all over the continental U.S. You can do something about it – starting with writing to your state legislators to let them know how you feel.

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In the News: Wine Life Today gets a facelift

Vinted on December 6, 2007 binned in wine news

One of my frequent Blogosphere stops is Wine Life Today, which is a bit like Digg or StumbleUpon, but dedicated to wine blog submissions.

WLT has udergone a bit of a facelift and the site is looking great. If you’re interested in the cream of the crop of wine news, check it out (and if you’re so inclined, you can vote for my latest submitted article on WLT while you’re at it).


 

 

In The News: Res-(veratrol)-ervations Part II

Vinted on November 29, 2007 binned in wine health, wine news

Some of you may recall that I’ve written earlier this month on the reported hype (and potential dangers) of the resveratrol craze.

I won’t spend too much verbiage on this post, as I’m sure the developing story will be covered by dozens of talented bloggers today.

But I caught this story on NPR this morning and was captivated – it’s a fascinating development in the scientific chase to find a ‘miracle drug’ based on compounds commonly found in wine, only this time there may be some true merit (and a potentially huge financial pay off as well):

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=16727282

Cheers!


 

 

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