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Canadian wine producers have agreed to do away with any mention of the word Canada on labels as they relate to any wines they make containing foreign juice.

After decades of discontent the wine category infamously known as the Cellared in Canada, and since renamed International Canadian Blended, is about to get a new name.

The CiC issue has pitted some the country’s largest producers — Peller Estates, Jackson-Triggs, Magnotta and Mission Hill, to name a few — against a cadre of small, feisty, estate-based producers diametrically opposed to seeing the word Canada or Canadian placed on any bottle containing juice from outside Canada.

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Christian Simmons is working to bring an entire far-flung industry into one store.

Christian Simmons is working to bring an entire far-flung industry into one store.

As a partner in the Four Seasons Brewing Co. in Latrobe, Simmons is awaiting approval from Harrisburg to open Pennsylvania Libations, which he describes as the first store of its kind in the state to focus on the sale of wine, spirits, cider and mead produced within its borders.

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Tens of millions of people are signed up to TripAdvisor-style wine apps, so who cares what sommeliers have to say?

Tens of millions of people are signed up to TripAdvisor-style wine apps, so who cares what sommeliers have to say?

Wine has long been one of the ultimate markers of class and taste. It separates those who poke their finger at the second cheapest bottle on the wine menu to avoid pronouncing "sauvignon blanc" incorrectly and saying “oh, that’s lovely!” when asked to test the wine rather than simply confirming it isn’t corked.

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Time Out tries and tests the best apps for city living. This week: get serious about wine with the help of Corkscrew.

What is it?

A digital sommelier. This new app suggests plonk to go with your food, either in a restaurant or at home. Choose a dish and Corkscrew will recommend the bottle: easy. If you like what you’re drinking, save it to your wine history (now that’s my kind of history).

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From now on, wine made with grapes grown in England, Wales, or Scotland shall be known as British Fizz.

Unless you’re one of those fancy wine types, you may not know that there’s no such thing as British champagne.

There’s no such thing as British prosecco either, technically.

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The creators of a vivid blue Spanish ‘wine’ are fighting a ban imposed by Spanish authorities on describing it as ‘wine’, a decision that it has branded “unfair” and “absurd”.

The creators of a vivid blue Spanish ‘wine’ are fighting a ban imposed by Spanish authorities on describing it as ‘wine’, a decision that it has branded “unfair” and “absurd”.

A group of young Spaniards launched Gik, a bright blue wine from Bierzo in northwest Spain made with red and white grapes, last year.

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2016 U.S. Wine Sales Give UPS And FedEx Reason To Smile.

Nearly 4% of U.S. wine sales in 2016 ($2.33 billion) was not handled by traditional wholesaling and retailing channels. Instead, the wines were sold by and delivered from wine producers direct to consumers (DtC).

Gathered by ShipCompliant and Wines Vines Analytics, the data was presented at the recent Direct to Consumer Wine Symposium by Kent Nowlin, general manager of Sovos Compliant.

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Detail from the cover page of the State of the Wine Industry report, released today by Silicon Valley Bank.

The making of wine is punctuated by annual, cyclical traditions, from pruning to harvest, from punch downs to stirring the lees, from bottling to laying those bottles down to age.

The business of wine, too, is punctuated by certain reports, statements, and releases that, more than simply taking the pulse of the industry, also measure vital signs as well as danger warnings for what’s ahead.

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The purchase of Cameron Hughes Wine has been finalized announced Pay Roney, President and CEO, Vintage Wine Estates. Cameron Hughes Wine is a wine négociant specializing in the acquisition, blending, and marketing of fine wines with personalized service under its namesake label founded in 2001 by Cameron Hughes and Jessica Kogan.

SANTA ROSA, Calif., Jan. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/

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Ultra-Exclusive Fine Wine Concierge and Storage Service Launches in the Heart of Beverly Hills, California.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA (PRWEB) JANUARY 05, 2017

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The Cunco reservoir, courtesy Viña Montes and Feast PR

Despite those who deny or are skeptical, a large majority of climate scientists tell us climate change isn’t only here, it borders on irreversible. The biggest threat may be in the fresh water supply, through a combination of persistent drought conditions and rising saltwater levels.

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Grapes hang on vines, produced by dry farming, in Canard Vineyard in Napa Valley, California. (Photo/Adam Fox)

As efforts continue to conserve water in drought-plagued California, one grape farming method has an added benefit of creating more flavorful wine.

Dry farming is a method that takes advantage of the water naturally available in the soil. When strictly applied, it excludes all forms of irrigation during the productive period of a vineyard.

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