Direct Sales by US Wineries Approach $2 Billion

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In 2015, Direct to Consumer (DTC) wine sales continued to grow significantly.  According to the 2016 Direct to Consumer Wine Shipping Report, produced by ShipCompliant in partnership with Wines & Vines, DTC shipment volume was approximately 4.29 million cases, an 8.5% increase over 2014, and sales exceeded $1.97 billion, an 8.1% increase.   This rate of…

Global Warming Impacts French Wine Quality

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A study conducted by NASA and Harvard University, recently published in the journal Nature Climate Change, found that global warming is influencing the timing of grape harvests and wine quality in French wine regions.  Researchers tracked climate data and grape harvest dates in France and Switzerland from 1600 to 2007.  For Bordeaux and Burgundy, they matched…

Italian Wine Fun Facts

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Italy is well known for its rich wine heritage and the broad variety of wines it produces.  Here are some fun facts about Italian wine that might be of interest… • Italy’s winemaking tradition is about 3,000 years old, dating back to the Etruscan civilization in west-central Italy.  Both the Etruscans and Greek settlers spread the winemaking…

Insights on the Female Wine Consumer

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Women are critically important to the wine industry.  In fact, 56% of the wine drinking population is female, according to the Wine Market Council’s 2015 Market Review.  Given the importance of women to the wine market, Jennifer Pagano, Direct of Research for Wine Market Council, and Danelle Kosmal, Vice President of Nielsen’s Beverage Alcohol Practice…

2015 Wine Consumption Trends

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In 2015, U.S. wine consumption grew 2.5% from 2014 levels to an estimated 380 million cases of table and sparkling wine, according to the Wine Market Council.  This equates to each adult of legal drinking age consuming approximately 3.84 gallons of wine.  Two trends are driving this growth − increased consumption by “High Frequency Wine…

Preventing “Red Wine Teeth”

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Love red wine but hate the way it can stain your teeth?  To learn more about the cause of “red wine teeth” and how to avoid those unsightly stains, VINE TALK consulted Dr. Robert Sofer, DDS. VT: What causes red wine stains on teeth? Can the stains damage your teeth? DS: Red wine stains on…

Building a Home Wine Cellar

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Have you considered building a wine cellar and found yourself wondering what features were the most important, what type of contractor you should hire or how much it might cost? For some expert insight, we consulted John Seitz, owner of The Magnum Company. He is a master wine cellar builder who has spent more than…

Fruit Wine

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Today, the word “wine” is usually legally defined as a beverage made from grapes, but wine has been made from all kinds of fruit for centuries. Fruit wines are produced by commercial winemakers and home winemakers around the world in a diverse range of flavors and styles—dry, sweet, still and sparking. To learn more about…

Considering Home Winemaking?

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Have you ever thought about making wine at home, but were put off thinking it would require you to stomp on grapes in your bathtub? To find out what it takes to make quality wine at home, we consulted Tim Vandergrift, an award-winning amateur winemaker who has been active in the home beer and wine…

Summer Wine Fun Facts

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Here are some fun facts about wines and wine-based drinks that are summertime favorites: The United States is the second largest consumer of rosé wine in the world, second only to France, where rosé outsells white wine. According to Vins de Provence, in 2012, France was responsible for 36% of worldwide rosé consumption and the…