Horses are again working in French vineyards

Aug 4, 2022
The animals can work land that is inaccessible to tractors, and vineyard owners say they improve the soil for grapes. But they raise costs as well.
A horse named Diva at work at Chandon de Briailles, one of many French vineyards that use horses instead of tractors.
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Sour grapes? An English county's wine wins a special status, but a neighboring county complains.

Jul 8, 2022
Sussex wineries receive a prestigious distinction, but a Kent winemaker dismisses the award as arbitrary, citing similar growing conditions.
Rows of vines cover the hills at a Sussex County vineyard in 2015. The government honored the county's white wines with a Protected Designation of Origin.
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It's no longer just "dry January" – sales of nonalcoholic beverages skyrocket

Jan 18, 2022
Much of the boost has to do with wellness, but it also has to do with cost.
Sales of nonalcoholic beverages have spiked as people are becoming more health- and cost-conscious.
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Wine and liquor makers are facing a glass bottle shortage

Nov 25, 2021
That could mean higher prices or outright shortages of booze for the holidays, the most lucrative time of the year for vinters and distillers.
Partially due to supply chain logjams, wine and liquor makers are paying more for their desired glass bottles.
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Trade disputes high on Biden's European trip agenda

Jun 9, 2021
Tariffs on wine, cheese, steel and aluminum are among the issues to be resolved.
The first couple arrives in England ahead of the G-7 summit. Biden is expected to try to resolve  disputes involving tariffs on wine, cheese, steel and aluminum.
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Wine industry braces for more EU tariffs

Aug 11, 2020
Tariffs on European imports have been in place since October. More could be on the way.
Wines imported from Spain and Italy for sale at a Whole Foods outlet in California. U.S. tariffs on European wine and liquor may increase.
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Gallo seeks to uncork lower-end wine market

Apr 4, 2019
E. & J. Gallo is buying roughly 30 inexpensive wine brands from Constellation Brands.
E. & J. Gallo is buying roughly 30 inexpensive wine brands from Constellation Brands.
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Rosé is becoming a year-round trend

Aug 20, 2018
Rosé wine was long dismissed by wine buffs as cheap and cheerful. But the popularity of rosé is surging in the United States, where sales doubled in 2017. The biggest rosé region is in Provence, France. The French still tend to drink rosé in summer but a survey by United Kingdom-based consultancy Wine Intelligence says most […]
Rosé: You can drink it past Labor Day.
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How to be a winemaker

Jan 12, 2018
According to winemaker Elizabeth Vianna, making wine is more scientific and less romantic than most people think.
Chimney Rock Winery in Napa Valley, CA, where Elizabeth Vianna is the winemaker and general manager. 
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As farmworkers grow scarce, wages are on the rise

Mar 23, 2017
But that's not attracting native-born American laborers to the fields yet, L.A. Times reporter says.
California farmers face such tight labor pools that some are replacing grapes with almonds, which require much less human labor.
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