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California Faces Vine Shortage

With the economy expanding, growers are trying to plant again, but a lack of vines could mean higher priced wines

Posted: April 3, 2012  By Lynn Alley

News & Features  :  News

Americans Love French Wine

France's wine industry is enjoying record sales, and while Chinese consumers are buying Bordeaux, U.S. consumers are buying everything

Posted: April 2, 2012  By Suzanne Mustacich

News & Features  :  News

Is California Facing a Grape Shortage?

Grape prices are going up, but consumers have grown accustomed to bargains

Posted: March 7, 2012  By Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  News

Moscato Mania

Sales of the easy-drinking bubbly have skyrocketed—is it a passing fad or here to stay?

Posted: February 8, 2012  By Ben O'Donnell

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Liquid Assets

Can wine be a legitimate financial investment? Or is it money poured down the drain?

Posted: January 19, 2012  By James Laube

Using wine as an investment vehicle, where the goal is to profit financially rather than just drink well, is about as tricky as playing the stock market. That is, it’s just as easy to lose money as win it. And if the past few years haven't made the risk involved painfully obvious to traders of either commodity, the recent Wine Spectator Auction Index numbers for Bordeaux should serve as another cautionary tale: The Chinese are no longer driving Bordeaux prices through the roof, and prices are dropping.

News & Features  :  News

Has Bordeaux's Bubble Burst?

Prices for top wines are slipping as Chinese customers have second thoughts

Posted: January 18, 2012  By Suzanne Mustacich

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

2012 Predictions

Unfiltered gazes into the future and sees love blossom for a Sonoma sweetheart on The Bachelor, a holy wine from Tim Tebow, Napa Cabernets on the loose in China, plus, the Occupy movement takes to the vineyards

Posted: January 5, 2012  

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Australia's Bumpy Financial Road

Will smart consumers turn to less conventional Oz wines?

Posted: December 12, 2011  By Harvey Steiman

One prime reason for my visit to Australia—to look for insights into why the wines seem to be on the outs with Americans—turned up much less hand-wringing by vintners than you might expect. The Aussies are smart enough to know that they are caught in a perfect storm: the rise of Argentina, Spain and other parts of the world competing effectively against their big-volume wines, coupled with a wrenching change in the exchange rate between the Aussie dollar and ours, capped off by a financial crisis that has most people thinking twice about spending money on anything they’re not entirely certain of.

The Aussies have a healthy attitude about all this. As such, they are diligently at work trying to broaden perceptions of their wines here, and looking for other places to sell them. A growing number of sommeliers and retailers have noticed that Australia produces a range of styles at higher price points. Its widespread growing regions offer specific differences in character. Inspired winemakers, some young, others experienced, are gung-ho to try something different.

News & Features  :  News

Sbragia Family Vineyards Takes on a New Partner

Private equity firm Bacchus Capital Management invests in Sonoma winery

Posted: October 27, 2011  By Augustus Weed

Oct. 15, 2011 Issue  :  Features

World Watch

Posted: October 15, 2011  By Diana Macle, Lizzie Munro, Mitch Frank

News & Features  :  News

Bordeaux 2010 Sticker Shock

With glowing reviews and global demand for 2010 futures, Bordeaux’s top châteaus may be saying au revoir to American consumers

Posted: June 17, 2011  By Ben O'Donnell

April 30, 2011 Issue  :  Columns

How to Lower Alcohol and Prices

Posted: April 30, 2011  By James Laube

News & Features  :  News

The Italian (Sparkling) Renaissance

Led by Prosecco, Italian bubbly consumption has skyrocketed in the U.S. in just a few years. Is it the new face of sparkling wine or a passing fad?

Posted: April 4, 2011  By Ben O'Donnell

Mar. 31, 2011 Issue  :  News

Big Wine Brands Lead Growth in U.S.

Posted: March 31, 2011  

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Pairing Wine and (Couch) Potatoes

Plus, Yellow Tail’s shrinking profits and scientists learn to speed up superconductors with wine

Posted: January 27, 2011  

News & Features  :  News

Cosentino Closes Its Doors

Napa winery had been in financial distress; founder launches new small label

Posted: November 15, 2010  By MaryAnn Worobiec

Nov. 15, 2010 Issue  :  News

Bordeaux Looks for 2009’s Lessons

Posted: November 15, 2010  By Ben O'Donnell

News & Features  :  News

Muscadet Growers Confront Bankruptcy and Sabotage

An unfavorable economy, a brutal frost in 2008 and years of problems have put Loire's Pay Nantais region in trouble

Posted: November 5, 2010  By Ben O'Donnell

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Wine Country Cheers on the San Francisco Giants

Plus, Rusty Staub’s charity auction earns over $1 million, more wineries come to the aid of the Gulf, and two winery foreclosures in Virginia

Posted: November 4, 2010  

Oct. 31, 2010 Issue  :  News

Can Bordeaux’s Little Guy Be Saved?

Posted: October 31, 2010  By Suzanne Mustacich

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