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The News section is dedicated to keeping our readers abreast of all latest news related to the world of enology and the global wine market. The global village is today's reality and, in order to be successful and competitive in business, it is more than ever necessary to compete with international realities.

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  • California Zinfandels Tasted at Rome Historic Hostaria dell'Orso
    Hostaria dell'OrsoNovember 22, 2005
    WineCountry.IT organized a tasting of quality California Zinfandels at Hostaria dell'Orso, the historic Roman locale opened since the Middle Age when, as a local taverna, hosted pilgrims visiting the Italian capital city.
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  • The Tre Stelle (Three Stars) of the Guida Veronelli 2006
    I Vini di VeronelliNovember 5, 2005
    Gigi Brozzoni, Daniel Thomases and Rocco Lettieri edited the 'Guida Oro I Vini di Veronelli' ('Golden Guide - The Wines of Veronelli') 2006. The guide awards the 'Three Stars' to the wines that received 91 points on a 100-point scale.
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  • Duemilavini 2005 –
    Sevent Annual Publication

    October 19, 2005
    Duemilavini 2006Saturday, November 19, 2005, the new Duemilavini 2006 wine guide, edited by the AIS (Associazione Italiana Sommelier, or Italian Association of Sommelier) will be presented in Rome at a dinner by world famous chef Gianfranco Vissani, who will pair all the wines that received the 5 Grappoli (Five Bunches) award. Here you find all the wines that won the Five Glasses, by region.
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  • Tre Bicchieri (Three Glasses) 2006
    Nineteenth Annual Publication

    October 19, 2005
    Tre Bicchieri a TorinoIn Italy it's that time of year when new wine and food guides are published and prizes are awarded. Below please find the recipients of the recently awarded Tre Bicchieri 2006 (Three Glasses 2006) of the Guida ai Vini d'Italia (Guide to Italian Wines) from Gambero Rosso (Red Prawn) magazine and Slowfood organization.
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  • Wine Gains Momentum as Americans' Favorite Adult Beverage –Part 4 of 4
    September 9, 2005
    Percentage Who Prefere Wine by GenderThe results of the poll are based on telephone interviews with a randomly selected national sample of 1,006 adults, aged 18 and older, conducted July 7-10, 2005. For results based on this sample, one can say with 95% confidence that the maximum error attributable to sampling and other random effects is ±3 percentage points.
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  • Wine Gains Momentum as Americans' Favorite Adult Beverage –Part 3 of 4
    August 26, 2005
    Percentage Who Prefere Wine by GenderMen prefer beer; women prefer wine. That has been the case throughout Gallup's tracking of this measure. Even in 1992, when beer was chosen by nearly 2-to-1 over wine among all drinkers, only 27% of women named beer as their standard drink, while 43% named wine.
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  • Wine Gains Momentum as Americans' Favorite Adult Beverage –Part 2 of 4
    August 5, 2005
    Trends in Preferred Drink: 18- to 29-year-oldsIt appears that young adults are trading in their beer mugs for martini glasses, in droves. Beer is still the preferred drink of nearly half of adults aged 18-29*, but the figure is down compared with ten – and even five – years ago. In contrast, the percentage saying they usually drink liquor has more than doubled, from 13% to 32%.
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  • Trends in Preferred DrinkWine Gains Momentum as Americans' Favorite Adult Beverage –Part 1 of 4
    July 19, 2005
    For the first time in Gallup's measurement of Americans' drinking preferences, there is a statistical tie between wine and beer as the alcoholic beverage adult drinkers say they drink most often. As recently as last year, beer edged out wine as Americans' standard drink.
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  • Back to the Roots: A quest for exotic wines from ancient regions –Part 2
    July 8, 2005
    Jordanian WineMalta is in the center of the Mediterranean Sea, east of Tunisia and south of Sicily. This large island is twice the size of San Francisco, and though it's not quite as densely populated, it's not easy to accommodate both farmland and well over 400,000 inhabitants.
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  • New York Legislature Approves Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping
    June 28, 2005
    New York StateOn June 24, 2005, the New York Legislature approved a bill which permits both in-state and out-of-state wineries to ship wine directly to adult residents of the state. The passage of this legislation will permit all U.S. wineries to ship to consumers in New York State and benefit New York's growing wine industry.
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  • Back to the Roots: A Quest for Exotic Wines from Ancient Regions –Part 1
    June 14, 2005
    Maltese VineyardsSunlight plays over the gently moving water around the medieval village of Ston on Croatia's Peljesac peninsula, north of Dubrovnik. Villa Coruna, a small country restaurant, perches over the bay, within sight of nearby oyster beds.
    But is the wine that is memorable – it is crisp, cellar-cool, scented with wild thyme and lemon, pale, cloudy and delicious.
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  • The Wine Industry Attack On TCA
    May 9, 2005
    Cork StopperLately there has been great news from both Portugal and France, that will make wine buffs who love corks, and can't seem to let go of that traditional method in favor of different kind of stoppers, happy.
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  • Finding An Excuse for Amarone
    April 28, 2005
    Amarone TommasiWinemakers go to a lot of trouble making amarone, leaving the grapes on the vines as long as they dare. After four months of drying, the grapes have lost a third of their water but none of their sugar or acid. After four years of aging in oak casks and another year in the bottle, the wine develops its classic flavors of black cherries, coffee, vanilla and caramel. Aged further, it takes on the tones of raisins, jam and sherry.
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  • Thirty Ninth Vinitaly: International Wine and Spirits Exhibition
    March 20, 2005
    Vinitaly 2005 The major world wine trade show is approaching once again. Below please find useful information for exhibitors, visitors, dignitaries and press participating to the event, about how to get there, where to park, where to get accreditation and where to access the facilities.

    In closure, we provide a short historic timeline, from the first edition of 'Italian Wine Days', precursor of today's 'Vinitaly-International Wine and Spirits Exhibition', to the 2004 Russian trade show.
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  • Latium Hosts Media Lunch To Introduce Wines and Food Products to Canada
    February 28, 2005
    Vigne del LazioThe Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Agriculture and the regional government of Latium, Italy will host a media lunch on Thursday, March 3, 2005 as part of its Canadian launch of Bacchus' Smile - a week long cultural and epicurean tour to showcase the wine, products and food from the Latium region of Italy.
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  • US 2004 Wine Import Data
    February 19, 2005
    EnolitechThe December, 2004 wine import data, released by the United States Commerce Department Friday, February 18, confirm Italy as the number one importer to the US, with a 31 percent market share for the main wine sector, or still wines in bottles containing fewer than two liters.
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  • A "Designer" Enolitech for Trend-Setting Wine Cellars and Olive Oil Presses
    January 3, 2005
    EnolitechTrend-setting wine and olive oil exhibition space for the "8th International Exhibition of Technology for Wine-Growing, Oenology/Olive-Growing and Olive Oil Production" (Enolitech). The next trade show promises to be fully-booked in terms of exhibitors and its visibility within the Exhibition Center is significantly improved.
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