KY Vineyard Certified as US’ First Commercial Vineyard

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Recently the US Department of the Interior certified First Vineyard & Winery, incorporated in Kentucky in 1799, as the first commercial vineyard and winery in the US, adding it to the National Register of Historic Places.  To learn more about First Vineyard’s historical significance and the certification process, VINE TALK interviewed owner Tom Beall. VT:…

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…

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…

Price Prejudice Can Impact Wine Enjoyment

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As the blind taste tests on VINE TALK have demonstrated, the most expensive wine is not always the one that people like the best. Furthermore, various studies have shown that in blind taste tests, on average, people are not able to correctly distinguish between inexpensive and expensive wine. However, studies have shown that when people…

Soil-Based Bacteria May Influence Wine Flavor

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A recent study released by Argonne National Laboratory indicates that soil-based bacteria can potentially influence the properties of wine by impacting grape chemistry. An international team of researchers contributed to the study which was recently published in the online journal of the American Society for Microbiology. Over a two year period, researchers took samples of…

2014 US Wine Consumption Trends

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In 2014, the US remained the world’s top wine consumer as table wine consumption grew for the 21st consecutive year, according to the Beverage Information Group. An estimated 302 million cases of table wine were consumed, up 1.2% from the prior year, and each wine-drinking adult drank an average of 3.14 gallons of wine. While…

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….

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…