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Booze Giant Sells Off Wines as Consumption Sinks

Pernod Ricard's sale may be another sign for a struggling industry

(Newser) - It could be another not-so-great sign for the global wine business: Pernod Ricard, a giant in the industry of alcoholic beverages, is selling most of its wine portfolio, reports the Financial Times . The move by the French company comes as the world is drinking less wine—global consumption sank to...

For California's Wine Industry, 'the Music Has Stopped'

'San Francisco Chronicle' finds that many wineries are in trouble as boom times wane

(Newser) - The San Francisco Chronicle is out with a bleak story about the future of the once-flourishing wine industry in California. The boom times, it appears, are over. "A lot of brands are dead but they don't even know it right now," says Michael Honig of Honig Vineyard...

Marathon Runner Sipped 25 Glasses of Wine

But it was for charity

(Newser) - Running a marathon might seem daunting enough, but running a marathon while sipping 25 glasses of wine? Such is the rather dubious (or admirable) achievement of 52-year-old Tom Gilbey, who swilled his way through 26.2 miles at Sunday's London Marathon, reports the BBC . Gilbey undertook the boozy feat...

Intruder Spills 15K Gallons of Wine
Intruder Spills
Wine Worth $2.7M

Intruder Spills Wine Worth $2.7M

'Unbalanced' person destroys 15K gallons at Spanish winery

(Newser) - Winery president Jose Moro says he doesn't have any enemies, which makes a devastating incident at the Cepa 21 winery in northwest Spain all the more mysterious. An intruder was captured on video opening wine tanks around 3:30am Sunday, spilling some 15,000 gallons of wine worth around...

Local Bar Have Smaller Glasses? You'll Drink Less
Local Bar Have
Smaller Glasses?
You'll Drink Less

Local Bar Have Smaller Glasses? You'll Drink Less

When larger cups are taken off the menu, people shift to smaller portions

(Newser) - Bars with large wine glasses may encourage more drinking, a new study found, but this doesn't necessarily bring in greater profits. In an effort to understand how portion size affects social drinking, a team from Cambridge University's Behavior and Health Research Unit created a trial with 21 pubs....

People Wait Years for This Wine Sold at Costco

There's a (very) limited supply now of Screaming Eagle's cab sav, but be prepared to pay thousands

(Newser) - A hint of something special at Costco arrived earlier this month on Reddit , when one user posted a picture of a row of wine bottles, one with an eye-popping price tag of $3,699.99. "Had to make sure I was seeing correctly," the person wrote in the...

World Wine Production Drops to 62-Year Low

Bad weather in both hemispheres is to blame

(Newser) - In some places, it was drought and wildfires, in others, it was heavy rains and flooding, but the result was the same: A drop in wine production that has led to the lowest annual output since 1961, according to the International Organization of Vine and Wine . The OIV says information...

Top Wine-Producing Nation Is About to Be Dethroned
Top Wine-Producing Nation
Is About to Be Dethroned
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Top Wine-Producing Nation Is About to Be Dethroned

France to overtake Italy after a growing season marked by intense heat, mildew

(Newser) - After a growing season disrupted by intense storms and blistering summer heat, the world's top wine-producing nation is about to be dethroned. Experts from the European Commission, French Ministry of Agriculture, and Italy's Institute of Services for the Agricultural and Food Market predict Italy will produce 12% less...

In This Tiny European Town, an 'Alcoholic Flash Flood'

Distillery's storage tanks burst, sending 600K gallons of red wine into streets of Portuguese town

(Newser) - There's too much wine in Europe, if that can be believed—and some of that excess ended up flowing through the roads of a Portuguese town over the weekend. NBC News reports on the "alcoholic flash flood" on Sunday in Sao Lourenco do Bairro, where a river of...

France Is Spending a Lot of Money to Destroy Wine

$215M is being spent to convert surplus into products like hand sanitizer

(Newser) - Craft beer is a lot more popular than it used to be in France, and the change in drinking habits is among the factors that have left the country with a massive surplus of wine. Some $215 million is being spent to destroy surplus wine and turn the alcohol into...

Influencer's Rant Over French Wine Tour Costs Her
Influencer's Rant Over French
Wine Tour Costs Her
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Influencer's Rant Over French Wine Tour Costs Her

'I absolutely want her dead,' Tana Mongeau griped about international wine expert who led tour

(Newser) - A YouTube influencer is finding out the hard way that publicly slamming a French wine tour, including by calling for a wine expert's death, isn't the way to hold onto sponsors. On her Aug. 6 Cancelled podcast , Tana Mongeau got into the weeds on her recent visit to...

Winemaker's 'Perfect' Site to Age Wine Wasn't So Perfect

Feds destroy 2K bottles of Ocean Fathoms' illegally made wine, though founders vow they'll be back

(Newser) - Ocean Fathoms claims the ocean floor about a mile off Santa Barbara is the "perfect" place to age wine. And perhaps it would be, if the winemaker had any authority to ferment its wines in the Santa Barbara Channel for a year. In 2021, the California Coastal Commission ordered...

Wine Theft Was Like 'Something Out of Ocean's Eleven'

Some $600K of fine wine was stolen from Lincoln Fine Wines in Venice, California

(Newser) - Nazmul Haque Helal had gotten burglary alarm notifications on his phone before, but they had all been false alarms. The alerts that came in on June 30 weren't, and what he found when he arrived at his wine shop in Venice, California, just before 5am chilled him: Some 600...

Stranded for 5 Days, She Survived on Bottle of Wine, Lollipops

Teetotaler had to drink the bottle meant for mom to survive

(Newser) - "The only liquid Lillian, who doesn't drink, had with her was a bottle of wine she had bought as a gift for her mother, so that got her through," says Australia's Wodonga Police Station Sgt. Martin Torpey. As the BBC reports, so describes the tale of...

Alcohol's 'Health Halo' Is Finally Fading

'Health Halo'
Is Losing
Its Luster

Alcohol's 'Health Halo' Is Losing Its Luster

Slate digs into the shifting sentiment, offers context for those who imbibe

(Newser) - Those who drink alcohol might well be "feeling a fair bit of whiplash" these days, writes Tim Requarth at Slate . Starting in the 1990s, the consensus of health studies suggested that moderate drinking—a glass of red wine at dinner, say—was good for you. But now the consensus...

Man 'Shocked' by Value of Old Wine Bottle in His Basement

The jeroboam of pinot noir, purchased for $250 in the late 1970s, could fetch $80K at auction

(Newser) - For Mark Paulson, $250 seemed like a lot of money to pay for a bottle of wine in the late 1970s—even a big bottle of some of the finest wine in the world. But he didn't hesitate and he certainly doesn't regret the purchase now that the...

Arrests Made in Wine Heist Planned in 'Millimetric Detail'
Couple Sentenced
in $1.7M Wine Heist

Couple Sentenced in $1.7M Wine Heist

They made off with 45 bottles from luxury hotel in Spain

(Newser) - A former Mexican beauty queen and her Romanian-Dutch partner have been sentenced to four years in prison for stealing wine worth $1.7 million from a luxury hotel in Spain—but the fate of the wine is still a mystery. Prosecutors said Priscila Guevara and Constantín Dumitru made off...

The Man Who Brought Us Two Buck Chuck Is Dead
Founder of
Two Buck Chuck Dies

Founder of Two Buck Chuck Dies

'At the end, we all have an expiration date,' said Fred Franzia, who died at 79

(Newser) - The man who turned "Two Buck Chuck" into an American phenomenon is dead. Fred Franzia, co-founder of Bronco Wine Company, died early Tuesday at his home in California with family by his side, according to a letter sent to Bronco employees, per Wine Spectator . A cause of death wasn'...

Cheers if You're Over 40. Not So Fast if You're Younger

New analysis finds there's no benefit and only increased health risks for young adults who drink

(Newser) - First scientists told us that young adults shouldn't drink alone ; now they're saying they shouldn't drink at all. At least, that's the conclusion of new research out of Seattle's University of Washington, which is part of the ongoing "Global Burden of Diseases" study carried...

If You Get a Call From 'Elliot Stewart,' Be Wary

$13M has been stolen from the elderly in a rare-wine scam

(Newser) - The world of fine wine and whiskey continues to be a magnet for thieves and frauds . The Washington Post reports on allegations that three England-based companies claiming huge returns on investments in rare booze actually stole more than $13 million from at least 150 Americans—many of them elderly. Representatives...

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