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Why France is whining about wine
One of the most poignant moments in Sideways, Alexander Payne's Oscar-nominated film about a wine geek's mid-life crisis, takes places in a burger bar. Miles, the movie's balding, fortysomething anti-hero has fled his best friend's wedding after bumping into his ex-wife. Alone and miserable, he finds solace in a bottle of 1961 Chateau Cheval Blanc, sipped surreptitiously from a plastic cup.
China claims over 160,000 acres of vines nationwide, but much is in remote areas, such as those in Tibet near Kazakhstan, where Silk Road traders brought seeds centuries ago.
There is also a small native grape (Vitus thunbergii) that grows wild north of Shanghai. And Russian visitors brought plantings of Muscat and Ratsiteli to China in the early twentieth century.
Although having been started at the beginning of the 20th century, the wine industry in China has only recently begun to develop into a significant market.
French fight for stake in UK wine market
A 40 per cent increase in marketing funds should help French wine makers tackle falling sales in the UK and combat the very real threat from New World wines.
After years of inertia, the French Government is backing the increase in a clear attempt to compete with the more sophisticated marketing strategies of its New World counterparts.
Although France remain the biggest supplier of wine in Britain, supplying 2.6 million hectolitres in 2004, sales of French wine in off-licenses and supermarkets have now been overtaken by Australian wine sales.
Russia law change to increase costs for alcohol imports
Russia's new rules for alcoholic beverage imports will increase costs by as much as 10 times for EU and North American exporters to the country according to a report on the changes.
"This new rule illuminates Russia's confusing regulatory update process because at present, neither regulators, current importers, or importing license holders understand how the new regulation will be managed and imports will likely be disrupted with the new year," the US department of agriculture (USDA) said in a report issued yesterday.
US to overtake France as the world's top wine market
The US and Italy will overtake France as the world's leading wine consumers within three years, according to a report commissioned by Vinexpo.
The report, by British firm International Wine & Spirits Record, predicts that by 2008, wine consumption in the US will have reached 27.6m hectolitres, compared with France's 26.9. From 2003 to 2008, consumption of wine in the US will have grown by 28.6%.
The Chinese taste for wine
What is the Chinese taste for wine? Until a few years ago, there was no Chinese taste for wine--the market did not exist. Although wine is still not a dominant alcoholic drink in China, looking ahead, the picture is changing. Strong economic growth in China, along with the country's increasing openness to the rest of the world, have provided significant new opportunities for Old World and New World wineries.
French Wine Players Strive for Asian Markets
Vinexpo-Asia-Pacific is to be held in Hong Kong from 23rd to 25th, May 2006 The wine and spirits industry players from 26 countries (and still counting!) have decided to exhibit either individually or inside a national pavilion. Among them, France is
Slovakia : an unknown wine producing country
Even the most conscientious wine aficionado can be excused for pleading ignorance about Slovakia. When was the last time that any of its wines were here? When was the last time that any of us were there to try them? And just where are we talking about, anyway? Slovakia was the forgotten junior partner of Czechoslovakia until 1993, and the new country's identity, like its name, may be hard to distinguish from, say, Slovenia.
Opposition to Iraq war cost French wine $112m
The unofficial boycott of French wine in the US has cost the country an estimated US$112m (£64m), according to an official study.
According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, at its peak, the boycott resulted in a 26% slump on weekly sales with 13% lower sales in the six months following the US invasion of Iraq.
Alsace wines steal the show at London Wine Fair
The Chamber of Commerce of Strasbourg will be present at the London International Wine and Spirits Fair between 17 and 19 May 2005, accompanied by eight wine producers from Alsace. On the morning of 17 May, FTPBs Press Officer will also be present along with Mr Thierry Fritsch.
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Colmar. Capital of alsacian vineyards.
Colmar. Nice city.