November 8, 2012 |
As if shopping on Amazon.com needed to get any more dangerous: The online retailer will now start selling wine in a dedicated section on its site, just in time for the holidays. Visitors to Amazon Wine will have access to more than 1,000 wines from wineries nationwide. Bottle prices range from less than $10 to more than $100, plus shipping costs of $9.99 for up to six bottles. Amazon will serve as a sort of middle man and discovery center, partnering with wineries that provide the wine and use the online marketplace to raise awareness for their brands and make sales.
October 30, 2012 |
Uncooperative weather has damaged grapes worldwide, causing global wine production to shrivel 6.1% to its lowest point since 1975, according to a Paris-based trade group. Between dwindling vineyard space and tough climate conditions that pummeled mega-producers France and Italy, wine output could tumble to 248.2 million hectoliters this year, or 6.6 billion gallons, according to the International Organization for Vine and Wine. That's the smallest amount in 37 years, Director General Federico Castellucci said at a Paris press conference, acco rding to Bloomberg . In 2011, the industry produced 264.2 million hectoliters of vino, according to the group, which is known as OIV. Growth rates are positive in the U.S. and the southern hemisphere in countries such as South Africa.
September 4, 2012 |
There are so many luxurious things $50,000 will buy - a Porsche Boxster! A dozen quilted Chanel purses! A glamorous European getaway! But if you're a certain brandy lover, the money goes to two bottles of aged cognac. An anonymous collector last week dropped 19,000 pounds on a rare half-bottle of 1789 A.C. Meukow & Co. cognac, according to the Drinks Business trade publication . The same buyer also splurged on an 1830 bottle of Remy Martin cognac, shelling out 12,900 pounds.
January 16, 2012 |
Despite a lagging economy and a debt crisis in Europe, global sales of cognac hit record highs in 2011, industry body Bureau National Interprofessional du Cognac (BNIC) announced Saturday. The brandy sold at a rate of more than five bottles per second last year, sparking the 6.4% surge attributed mainly to soaring demand for the product in China. Exports to that country rose 20%, according to the BNIC. Overall, consumers purchased 162.9 million bottles of cognac in 2011. The Far East remained one of the biggest regional markets for cognac, accounting for more than one-third of total demand.
December 3, 2009 |
Lakers forward Ron Artest created more controversy for himself after he said in an article published Wednesday that he drank alcohol during games while playing for the Chicago Bulls early in his career. Artest told the Sporting News that he used to drink Hennessey cognac at halftime of games in part because the Bulls were losing so often. "I [kept it] in my locker," he said. Artest played 2 1/2 seasons for Chicago after being drafted as a 19-year-old from St. John's in 1999. The story prompted the NBA to investigate Artest's comments.
October 18, 2009 |
The sunlit French landscape sliding by my car window captured my attention: crumbling stone walls, tidy farmhouses with red-tile roofs, mile upon mile of low hills and rolling ridges covered with leafy green vineyards. "You know what you're seeing?" my guide asked. "The real thing; what Napa and Sonoma wanted to be." I laughed at the smugness of the remark. As much as I love Northern California's wine country, he had a point: The original wins, hands down. Visiting our wine country can't compare with spending a few lazy days exploring the back roads of France.