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Vinità Italia founder Guido Rambelli

Italian wine in the UK on and off-trade is to receive a boost with the launch of Vinità Wines UK, the distribution arm of Vinità Italia, a Verona-based network of Italian wineries.

Set to launch in February 2017, Vinità Wines UK will be led by restaurateur Navdeep Basi, who will be supported by a nationwide sales team currently being recruited.

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Waltz Vineyards in Manheim, Lancaster County, was one of several Governor's Cup winners in the 2017 Farm Show wine competition, as its 2013 Reserve Chardonnay received a double gold and best vinifera wine.

There's no question that the opportunity now to sell in grocery stores across Pennsylvania is changing the dynamics for distribution at a lot of state wineries.

But there's another part to the evolving business model, and that is the growth of wine clubs, especially as wineries can ship inside the state and are increasing the list of other states where consumer can receive shipments.

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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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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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Moet-Hennessy’s Ao Yun (Above The Clouds) 2013, a Bordeaux-style red, at $300 a pop.

If you pay even casual attention to the wine world you’ll be aware that China has recently emerged as a major player – it's estimated consumption has been rising 15% annually – but most people, bemused by headlines of the fantastic auction prices big-name Bordeaux has fetched in Hong Kong, and amused by the often ludicrous attempts of counterfeiters to pass off Chateau Lafight and Chateau Lafete as the real thing, focus on China as a market for other country’s wines.

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Bottles of wine on display at Hillside Winery in Sevierville

Tennessee’s small wine industry is growing, but not up to its potential, according to several winemakers and a University of Tennessee report.

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Fine Wine outperforms other markets

Having recorded a full year of monthly gains in November, the Fine Wine 100 – the industry benchmark – has also outperformed other global indices over the course of 2016 Liv-ex has reported.

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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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Zachys Wine Auctions shines with a 99% sold Holiday Sale in NYC, realizing over $7M and rounding out the year with over $65M global auction sales.

WHITE PLAINS, NY (PRWEB) DECEMBER 06, 2016

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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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