Early US Wine Fun Facts

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Here are some fun facts about the early days of the US wine industry from noted historian Thomas Pinney’s A History of Wine in America. • It is believed that Spaniards in Santa Elena, South Carolina made the first wine in the continental US around 1568. The oldest continuous tradition of winemaking in the US dates…

The Enduring Legacy of 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—81 years after Repeal. To learn more about this seminal event in the history of the…

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

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To get a better understanding of the complexities associated with direct-to-consumer (DTC) wine shipments, VINE TALK interviewed Jeff Carroll, Vice President of Compliance and Strategy for ShipCompliant, a company whose products and services help wineries manage the intricacies involved with DTC shipments. The first part of our conversation, Why It’s Complicated for Wineries to Ship Direct:…

Champagne Fun Facts

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Champagne, the King of Wines and the Wine of Kings. Whether or not you personally enjoy drinking Champagne, it’s hard to deny that this wine has a special mystique.  Here are some fun facts about Champagne that you might find interesting… • Dom Pérignon did not invent sparkling Champagne. Its fizzy quality was actually an “accident” of nature. The Champagne region…

Researchers Profile the Online Wine Buyer

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A recent study by a team of researchers from California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo, CA found that the typical US online wine buyer is an older, married man, with higher income than wine consumers who do not purchase wine online. The study was conducted by a team led by Dr….

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…

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…

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,…