The US Wine Industry During Prohibition

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National Prohibition had a profound impact upon the US wine industry. Not only did it have a major effect on wine producers and consumers during the 13-year period when it was in force, but the consequences linger to this day—nearly 81 years after Repeal. To learn more about this seminal event in the history of…

Red Wine May Prevent Cavities

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A new study by a team of scientists from Madrid’s Research Institute for Food Science and the University of Zürich, found that red wine and grape seed extract are effective at removing the bacteria which cause cavities and tooth loss. The study, led by M. Victoria Moreno-Arribas, was recently published in the Journal of Agricultural…

Ancient Wine Fun Facts

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Mankind has been making wine from grapes for thousands of years. Here are some fun facts about wine in the ancient world: • The oldest evidence of grape wine comes from six vessels found in Iran which contain the residue of 7,000-year-old wine. The oldest known winery, which is located in southern Armenia, is about 6,000…

Wacky Wine Laws

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In 1933, the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution was passed. It ended Prohibition, the period during which the manufacture, distribution, and sale of alcoholic beverages was illegal, and essentially gave individual states absolute power to regulate alcoholic beverages within their own borders. This legal architecture, combined with evolving cultural attitudes towards the consumption…

Direct Sales by US Wineries Surpass $1.5B

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  Direct to Consumer (DTC) shipments by US wineries grew at an impressive 7.5% in 2013, hitting a record $1.57 billion, according to the 2014 Direct to Consumer Wine Shipping Report developed by ShipCompliant and Wines & Vines. Total volume was 3.47 million cases, up 9.3% over the prior year. By comparison, according to Nielsen,…

Wine as Medicine: Part Three – The Modern Age

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By Dr. Philip Norrie, MBBS, MA, MSc, MSocSc (Hons), PhD, MD (cand) In the 18th century, doctors frequently prescribed wine for medicinal purposes. The leading English physician of his day, Dr. William Heberden (1710-1801), advocated the use of wine to benefit one’s health. As a result, the use of wine as a medicine increased in…

2013 US Wine Consumption Trends

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In 2013, the US maintained its position as the world’s top wine consumer as table wine consumption grew for the 20th consecutive year, according to the Beverage Information Group. An estimated 297 million cases of table wine were consumed, up 1.6% from the prior year. According to John Gillespie, President of the Wine Market Council,…

Is White Wine as Healthy as Red?

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While there has been a lot of coverage in the press about the health benefits associated with moderate consumption of red wine, there has been less discussion of the health benefits associated with white wine. To find out more about the health benefits associated with white wine, VINE TALK consulted Dr. Philip Norrie, a Family…

The 24,000-Liter “Wine Box”

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In recent years, the quantity of wine that is bulk-shipped in giant tanks from its country of origin to markets where it is bottled and sold has increased significantly. Most of this wine is transported in giant “plastic bags” known as flexitanks. To learn more about how flexitanks work, VINE TALK interviewed Alex Norton, Global…

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