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…

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…

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,…

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,…

Corked Wine Suppresses Sense of Smell

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Researchers at Osaka University in Japan recently discovered that cork taint does not intrinsically smell bad. Rather, a chemical associated with cork taint suppresses signals from our noses to our brains, distorting the ability to detect odors. A paper detailing the research study, which was led by Hiroko Takeuchi, Hiroyuki Kato, and Takashi Kurahashi, has been…

What Causes Wine Drinkers to Overpour?

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When pouring wine, have you ever found it hard to assess how much is in the glass? Well, you’re not alone. Researches from Iowa State and Cornell universities have found that wine drinkers unintentionally pour larger servings when their glasses are wider, when they are holding the glasses in their hands, and when there is…

Bulk Wine Shipping

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Consumers perusing the broad array of bottles in their local wine store may not realize that many wines actually travel in giant tanks from their country of origin to markets where they are bottled and sold. In fact, changes in production and consumption, along with economic and environmental factors, have driven a significant increase in…

Celebrity Wine Endorsements Influence Consumers

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In a recent study, Canadian researchers found that the degree of “fit” between a celebrity endorser and a wine can influence a consumer’s perception of the wine’s taste and how much the consumer is willing to pay for the wine. The study was conducted by Antonia Mantonakis of the Goodman School with co-authors and Eric Dolansky (Goodman…

The UK “Government Wine Cellar”

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In late March, the UK government pulled out a few bottles from its wine collection, sold them at auction, and pocketed almost £75,000 (US $115,275) which it plans to use to replenish its wine cellar. Wait—a government with its own wine cellar? It may seem odd, but when you think about it, many a person…