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US wines are becoming a more prominent part of the secondary market, from nothing to 3.5 percent trade in five years.

The cream of California's crop is increasingly attracting collectors from outside of the US, according to fine wine trading platform Liv-ex, which has launched a US-specific index.

"Traditionally, it's been a region that has been overlooked by non-US based collectors. I imagine most rare and old Napa remains within the US," says Liv-ex Research Analyst Edward Jackson.

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Alsace winemakers have reported having problems finding enough workers for the early harvest.

Winemakers in Alsace may struggle to harvest their crops this year as an early season means the temporary workers on which they usually rely are not yet available.

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The family owned and operated Balistreri Vineyards winery is located just ten minutes north of downtown Denver and was the first urban winery to open in the city. Photo: Balistreri Vineyards

When it comes to craft beer, lift a glass to Colorado, whose 348 craft breweries put it in third place among states, according to the Brewers Assn. And toast to its craft distilleries, which are at the fore of farm-to-bar trends, according to Colorado.com.

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In the US, these cellar ‘starter packs’ range from a simple introductory cellar costing US$5,000 to a collection costing US$25,000.

Sotheby’s Retail has introduced a new ‘Instant Cellars’ concept, giving customers in the US and Hong Kong the chance to buy wine collections for drinking, cellaring and investment.

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In recent months, Inra scientists received state authorisation to grow four varieties of resistant grape called Araban, Floreal, Voltis and Vidoc which will lead to wine bottled by 2020.

French wine scientists have come up with four revolutionary supergrape varieties they say are impervious to rot and thus require almost no pesticides.

But purists have warned that the lab-grown creations, which mix grape genes from around the world, could lead to dumbed-down, low-grade “Frankenstein” wine for future generations.

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The experience reminded me how much pleasure I get from an unexpected wine discovery, and how many surprises New Zealand always seems to deliver.

‘The speed of change in New Zealand wine leaves me breathless,’ writes Elin McCoy after visiting the country for tastings earlier this year.

Just before the annual Central Otago Pinot Noir festival in January, I was dutifully working my way through an Air New Zealand tasting in a boring hotel conference room in Queenstown, when I was bowled over by a sparkling wine I’d never heard of before.

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Firefighters are still battling flames in Lake County.

The huge Mendocino fire has ravaged Lake County, but it appears to have all but missed the vineyards.

Lake County grapegrowers would like you to know that, after a brush with the largest wildfire in California history, they are back on the job and the grapevines are too.

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Why aren't we, as US consumers, keeping up with the changing face of Australian wine?

I’m going to do two things today that I’ve never done before, in more than a dozen years of writing about wine.

The first is to suggest that, as wine consumers in the US, we've gotten lazy. I recognize that insulting readers is not usually good practice for a wine writer (!!) but I hope you'll give me the benefit of the doubt and keep reading, because there's redemption at the end.

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E. & J. Gallo Winery Receives 2018 Vinitaly International Award.

MODESTO, Calif., April 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- E. & J. Gallo Winery is proud to announce that they are the 2018 recipient of the Vinitaly International Award.

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Vintage Wine Estates Marks Women's History Month with Promotions of Erin Luby and Kimberly Benson

SANTA ROSA, Calif.March 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/

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Last year, major wine producing countries in Europe including France, Italy and Spain had experienced different climate challenges including hail and frost.

France has introduced a new rule that will allow wineries to increase the amount of stock they’re allowed to hold back by up to 20%, following recent weather events that adversely affected wine production in the country.

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Wine producers in Italy, Spain and France were ravaged by both hot and cold weather in 2017. Photo: Simon Whitehurst

Global production slumps to lowest level since 1961 as major growers hit by freakish weather.

It’s the kind of bad news best served with a stiff drink: the price of standard supermarket wines such as prosecco and pinot grigio could rise by up to 30% this year as the impact of 2017’s disastrous harvest is felt on the high street.

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