Rebuilding the US Wine Industry after 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…

Why It’s Complicated for Wineries to Ship Direct: Part I

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Although Direct to Consumer (DTC) shipments by US wineries have been growing at an impressive pace, the regulations that govern DTC make the process complicated for wineries and at times frustrating for consumers. To get a better understanding of the complexities associated with DTC, VINE TALK interviewed Jeff Carroll, Vice President of Compliance and Strategy…

Climate Change May Be Cause of Poor Cork Quality

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Portuguese researchers recently discovered that rising temperatures and increased exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light brought on by climate change may be the cause of declining cork quality. The research, which was recently published in the Journal of Experimental Botany and reported by Live Science, was performed by a team led by Dr. Rita Teixeira from…

Wine-Infused Foods

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Combining wine with food can yield delectable results, such as beef bourguignon, wine-poached pears, mussels in white wine sauce and sherry wine cake. And if you enjoy spending time in the kitchen, there are an endless number of recipes you can try. However, if you don’t have the time or inclination to cook, there are…

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…