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06 May 2013
Wine-maker way

On the 3rd of May 2013 in the tasting room of the Academy of Sommelier Mozart Wine House under the support of East European Sommeliers and Experts Association a tasting of Miskhako wines took place. The Chief Wine-maker of the household leaded the event.

Wine-maker way

Roman Neborsky presented the winery and its products to the guests among whom there were the Don wine-makers, leading sommeliers of the city and connoisseurs.

The subject of the tasting was exclusives, so Roman showed not only the best dry white and red wines, but also sparkling wines, a sweet ice-wine and some old-house wines and a unique product, a sort of grappa which is produced not for sale.

After a presentation Roman answered the questions of the guests and Mozart Wine House couldn’t miss such a chance:

Mozart Wine House: Roman, in your words there are so much enthusiasm, it’s clear that your work is not just a job for you. What is your way of wine-maker?

Roman Neborsky: I graduated from the Kuban State Agricultural University, wine-making faculty and started to work as wine-maker. In 2005 I became the chief wine-maker of Miskhako. University gives the basis, and then it is communication and experience. I travel a lot, work with many people and try to get more experience to create my own style of wine-making. Before becoming the chief technologist of Miskhako I worked a lot with the person who occupied this post since the USSR. That is why we keep the traditions of the factory, we taste wines which were considered as model and try to get the best to bring it to our production. From the other side, our company for more than 10 year has been following a way of innovations; we replanted vines, improved our assortment and implemented new technologies. We have an Australian consultant but it doesn’t mean that he just come and say what to do. His role is very important in design of our general strategy, first we made normal our current processes, it took much time and forces, and now we started another work — to get a proper style, to find new decisions and to become better.

MWH: Roman, it looks like you keep learning even though you are the chief wine-maker. Are there some people whom you could call Teachers?

RN: Sure, there significant persons. From the very beginning it was Alexander Dmitrievich Karpenko, by the way the signature that you can see at the labels of «Zvezda Tamani» is his. And John, our consultant.

MWH: Well, and now you can feel yourself a Teacher giving a good piece of advice to the students starting their study in our Academy of sommelier on the 13th of May. How they can become professionals in the wine world?

РН: The most important thing is to develop professional erudition. It is necessary to be acquainted of every process in the world, news and changes. They should be interested in getting information and improve their knowledge all the time. Another important thing is personal involvement when your work becomes your hobby, it is vital to surround yourself with things and events which help in your job. Formality is not helping in wine-making. And the third rule of a good wine-0make is to love wine. Not only taste but drink it, make a part of personal culture implement it into your life.

MWH: Thank you for your words, let’s do it! And we wish you good luck in your wine way of the Don region. You are always welcome to our Academy!

06 May 2013
Customers of alcohol will be threatened by calories

Government of Great Britain invented an original method of decrease of alcohol consumption in the country.

It must have a significant effect to women. The idea is to show the calories content at the label of a drink. It is supposed that this information would make the over-drinkers think about the consequences.

There is an agreement to sign contracts with sellers of alimentary products and alcohol drinks which will oblige them to mark this information of the labels.

A public poll showed that 50% of responders are acquainted of the calories content of a cheese-burger, and only a third part knows the calories content of a glass of wine.

For information: a glass of wine of 175 ml has 130 calories, the same as two cookies. A pint of beer (0,568 l) contents 250 cal, like a piece of pizza. A doze of a strong drink of 25 ml has 56 cal, more than in a portion of coffee with cream (47 cal).

Besides, drinkers normally use to eat snacks with high calories content like chips, salted peanut, burritos, so their monthly consumption of calories is in average to 2 000 calories more, that those who doesn’t drink alcohol, that is the equivalent of 38 roast-beefs.

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30 April 2013
In China the share of imported wine grows

French wine producers started to sell premium wines to China at lower prices that provoked decrease of volume of sales of expensive wines in China in 2012.

Recession showed 11%, in average decrease of price of wine of 2013 vintage is about a third.

The wine price level is now the lowest since 2008. For example, the company Château Lafite-Rothschild sells a bottle for 457 dollars, 17% lower than in 2012 and 42% lower than in 2011.

To remind, in August 2012 the Wine-making branch of China Wine Association addressed a demand to the Ministry of Commerce of China regarding start of an anti-dumping inspection of European wines.

China increased significantly import of foreign wines. In 2008 China imported 35944 kiloliters of wine from European Union and in 2011 — four times more — 169114 kl. In average this rate is growing to 67,71% per year. The share if imported European wine at China market grew from 4,94% till 14,32%.

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29 April 2013
Advertising of wine will be allowed?

The deputies decided to support wine-making sector by permitting publicity of wine in printed mass media and through the Internet.

Corresponding changes in the law are already approved by the Duma working group of defense of the rights of entrepreneurs. The amendments are supposed to be taken up by the State Duma in May.

One of the initiators of the project, member of the party «Edinya Rossia» Viktor Zvagelskiy, stated that this permission will touch qualified wines only, dangerous products with spirit additives will stay banned. The reason is that wine consumption doesn’t provoke such a mass alcoholism as strong drinks.

According to the opinion of the chief exert of narcology of Russia Evgeniy Brune, all alcoholic drinks without exceptions should be advertised and sold in big specialized shops only. He insists that before appearance of a strict State regulation of wine production, its publicity should be banned.

The ban of advertisement of alcohol products in printed mass media and through Internet became operative on the 1st of January 2013. Publicity of alcohol is also forbidden on TV, radio and movies, in all kinds of public transport, at the street constructions and billboards, as well as at the establishments for children, educational foundations, medical, sportive and cultural institutions.

According to the words of Vadim Drobiz, director of the sector agency ZIFRRA, due to the ban of advertising of wine, its sales decreased in the second half of 2012 to 7%, and in the 1st quarter of 2013 — to 6%. Average consumption level of wine in Russia is 4,5l per person, strong drinks — 16 l, beer — 75 l.

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26 April 2013
A French invention

A French designer Eduard Lamaro created an unusual carafe-glass called Orgiastic Carafe. It contains the same quantity of wine as a bottle, about 0,75 l.

The hybrid is not only unusual but also useful — the glass which is on the top of the carafe can be filled only once and there is no need to poor more. The cost of this unusual carafe is about 18 dollars.

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25 April 2013
5 million bottles of Georgian wines will be supplied to Russia

Georgia supposes to supply to Russia about 5-6 million bottles by the end of 2013. According to the information of the National Agency of Wine of Georgia this will increase the volume of 30 million bottles, due to the Russian market the volume of export will grow to 30%.

Up to the moment Georgia supplies wine to more than 30 countries of the world. The Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan are the biggest customers. In 2012 the country exported more about 24 million bottles of wine — to 19,6% more than a year earlier.

To remind, the Chief of Russian Consumer market Control Gennadiy Onishenko declared that 36 wine factories of Georgia got the right to send their products to register in the Russian list of producers and at the Russian market there will be about 200 sorts of Georgian wines.

Earlier they announced that Georgian mineral water «Borjomi» received a registration certificate of State registration in the Russian Federation and will come to Russia soon.

Several days before the Minister of Agriculture of Georgia David Kirvalidze announced that Russian government agreed importation of fruit and vegetables, there are some technical questions of veterinary and phyto-sanitary control of these products.

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24 April 2013
Crimea needs a 60% re-cultivation of vineyards

According to the words of Deputy Director of the Crimea Institute «Magarach» Vyacheslav Ivanchenko, the analysis of the age of Crimea vineyards showed a sad situation.

He says that young vineyards not older than 5 years make 18%, vineyards older than 25 years make 46%, and 14 thousands of hectares of vineyards are not cultivated and don’t give any harvest at all.

Mr. Ivanchenko remarks that by 2013 the gross harvest in Crimea was 90-110 thousand tones with average harvest capacity 52 centner of hectares.

Vyacheslav Ivashenko considers this quantity as extremely small. The statistics of the Institute show that the harvest of the vineyards should be 270-300 thousand tones of grapes to satisfy the needs of Ukraine and Crimea in wine and table grapes.

Currently the Institute together with the Ministry of Agriculture and Alimentary of Crimea designed a program of development of vine-growing and wine-making in Crimea till 2025. The program includes a step-by-step reconstruction of vineyards according to the demand of raw materials. The program previews re-cultivation of 60% vineyards.

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23 April 2013
Vineyards of Bordeaux are under danger of disappearance

Change of climate make anxious not only meteorologists and ecologists but wine-makers also.

The point is that by 2050 the situation can become critical and make the vegetation of vine impossible. In this case the province of Bordeaux and Vale du Rhone, the biggest wine suppliers of the world will loose this culture.

And if such ideas seemed fantastic some time ago, today they are considered as a real danger of wine-making.
According to these sad forecasts by 2050 the greenhouse effect and atmosphere change will destroy about 68% of vineyards of Europe.

The hardest damage will be in Chile, California, Australia and south part of Europe. So the wine-making regions will move to north in the USA and New Zealand.

To save vineyards experts propose not only to control the balance of flora and fauna but to revise the plans of vineyards.

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23 April 2013
Welcome to a tasting

On the 3rd of May at 12.00 in the tasting room of the Academy of Sommelier Mozart Wine House under the support of East European Sommeliers and Experts Association a tasting of «Miskhako» wines will take place.

Welcome to a tasting

Deputy general director, chief technologist Roman Neborsky will present the winery and its products.

Tasting samples will open the world of Miskhako wines of limited edition and the best wines of the latest vintages.

All professionals and connoisseurs are welcome to appreciate the success of Russian wine-makers! To book places, please call +7(63)206-11-22, Academy of Sommelier Mozart Wine House: Pushkinskaya str., 29.

22 April 2013
Remy Cointreau grows

The second French alcohol producer, Remy Cointreau SA, increased the over-year income to 16,3% till 1,193 billion Euro as showed the financial results of 2012/2013. Natural growth of sales is 8,8%.

Volumes of sales of cognac Remy Martin grew to 21,5% till 719,7 million Euro (natural growth — 12,7%). Increase of sales is the biggest in the Asian and American markets.

Volume of sales of the liqueur and strong spirits sector grew to 10,8%, till 239,1 million Euro (natural growth — 3,9%).

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19 April 2013
Counter-label help

Customer’s opinion is that the information about the wines aroma and taste on the counter-label — is the most valuable data.

Customers want to know what to wait from the content of a bottle. And they find this information much more important than the wine and winery history.

Professors of the State Poly-Technique University of California studied the question of what information the customers would prefer to see at the counter-label of a bottle of wine. First the research was made for a winery which was in process of change of package and was looking for what to put of the label of the other side of a bottle. But received results are applicable to almost all wine-makers of the New World.

A method was used when customers «appreciated four concepts of counter-labels in pairing with face-labels in terms of their ability to increase of interest to buy».

There were 14 types of information used with a 5-points scale of evaluation. The customers had to say which 11 factors influenced them while wine choosing and which of them was the most important. Two main factors were price and grape variety. And the grape variety was primordial for a third part of customers in a new wine choice. 25% of customers based their decision on price. Brand name and «I’ve-heard-something-about-it»-effect make the decision of about 2/3 of customers. A half of all recipients pays attention to the face-label, and about a quarter of all demanded read the counter-label. A smaller part of buyers choose the counter-label information as the principal factor.

Between four offered concepts, the information about taste and aroma characteristics of wine won with a great score and left historical or geographical information and awards behind. In fact, most of customers found the organoleptic data at the counter-label the most important information.

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18 April 2013
Bordeaux doesn't follow Latour

Sorting of Château Latour from regular campaign en-primeur last year didn’t became an example for other chateaux of the region.

Paul Pontallier managing director of another premier Grand Cru of Bordeaux Margaux assured that the castle wouldn’t follow the example of Latour as «it would be a pity to loose the en-primeur excitement».

M. Pontallier supposed that the decision of Latour didn’t change too much the life of the household. «Latour always used this policy [to wait for a later release]», — remarked the wine-maker.

Melanie Tesseron, co-owner of Château Pontet Canet called en-primeur a «great system»: «The wine is still not ready, but it is sold in two and half hours». Ms. Tesseron appreciated positively the trading system of Bordeaux: «Every negociant has his own specialization; his work takes a huge amount of time. We would never do it in 2.5 hours ourselves. The system helps us to focus on wine-making, not sales».

Even though the vintages 2009 and 2010 were influenced by inflation, M. Pontallier insisted that en-primeurs permitted customers to «buy wine for a very profitable price».

Besides, the reaction to the release of Latour 1995 from the caves for a higher price showed that the proposal was taken with doubt.

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17 April 2013
Wine will get a new GOST

State Department «State Scientific Research Institute of brewery, non-alcoholic drinks and wine-making» of the Russian Academy of Agricultural Science developed a new state standard.

The standard «Wines of protected geographical appellations and wines of protected appellations of place of origin» will come into force on the 1st of July 2013.

Non-commercial partnership «Wine-making Union» proposed to include a question of the regulation of the giving to wines the statuses of «wines of protected geographical appellations» and «wines of protected appellations of place of origin» into the agenda of an up-coming meeting of the Working Group of wine-making products of the Expert Commission under the Federal Service of regulation of the alcohol market. Another question is the control function of an accredited organization which should be approved by the Government of the Russian Federation according to the clause 5.11 of the above GOST.

The agenda of the meeting of the Working Group of wine-making products of the Expert Commission under the Federal Service of regulation of the alcohol market will also include the questions, taken into consideration by the Federal Service of regulation of the alcohol market after the inspections of quality of wine, as well as multiple appeals of social organizations regarding wine quality control.

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16 April 2013
Global warming effects

Wine-making demands for a special climate that is why wine-making was a prerogative of limited quantity of countries. But under the effects of global warming the situation can change.

Traditional wine-making regions are more and more often exposed by extreme dries, and Northern countries which were considered as not favorable for vine-growing see new perspectives.

Scientists from Tarragon University, Spain, suppose that by 2050 growth of the average level of the over-year temperature will become 1-2 degree of Celsius, so the agriculture of such countries as Sweden, Denmark, Germany will change a lot. Not only grapes but other fruits will become ordinary for the region. Wine-making sector will develop and influence favorably the economy of the countries.

However the is another side of the medal — warming could bring other temperature anomalies damaging northern wine-making.

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15 April 2013
Milk-made vodka

An English farmer Jason Barber started to produce vodka of milk and called it «A black cow».

As a local edition reports, local connoisseurs greatly appreciated the innovation. And it will also well demanded by local restaurants.

47-years old farmer states that the idea to make vodka of milk was inspired to him by a documentary film about the Tiva Republic in Syberia. Development of the technology took 3 years.

As the lovers say, «Black cow» has a creamy taste. «The Arguments and Facts» informs that Daniel Craig, an interpreter of the role of Dames Bond, also appreciated the milk vodka.

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12 April 2013
An average German person drinks a bath of alcohol per month

A citizen of Germany drinks about 9,6 liter of pure alcohol per year in average. These are 325 bottles of beer, 27 bottles of wine, 5 bottles of Champagne and 7 bottles of vodka — a full bath filled with alcohol.

The data are presented in an annual report on the 3rd of April by a German center of prevention and struggle against alcohol and drug dependence (DeutscheHauptstellefürSuchtfragen, DHS).

DHS sounds the alarm as such a consumption of alcohol is dangerous for health. According to the data of the Institute in 2011 74 thousand people died because of over-drinking of alcohol in Germany, and 3,3 million people identified an alcohol dependence, informs KNA.

Alcohol damages not only the heels of German people, but their economics. Damage of work-missing and early pensions due to the diseases provoked by alcohol consumption is 26,7 billions of Euro per year reports the DPA agency.
Currently in the FRG there 1300 active organizations aimed to help people to struggle an alcohol dependence. A half of a million people address to them annually.

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11 April 2013
Wine in safety

There is a range of products for corking up opened wine bottles presented at the market. Are there any of them which are intended to recreate the conditions of an unopened bottle?

Brand Savino was remarked at the market in November, 2012 at a site of croudfinding Kickstarter, reappeared at the Fair Nightclub and Bar 2013 in Las-Vegas. Its solution of one of the oldest problems of keeping an opened bottle of wine doesn’t suppose a cork or its re-placers. Customer neither has to put the bottle to a refrigerator to waist the space nor to poor the precious liquid out into a sink.

A genius innovation of Savino is a «swimming» component which creates a physical barrier between the oxygen and the rest of wine, but still lets to poor wine into glasses. Representatives of the company state that this product helps to keep the rest of wine in a bottle for 7 days.

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10 April 2013
Georgia will export not only wine but beer

According to the words of the Head of Georgian National Agency of wine Levan Davitashvili, Georgian brewers are going to restart export of beer to Russia.

He remarked that another delegation of Russian specialists would visit Georgia to inspect Georgian beer breweries willing to supply beer to the Russian Federation. Davitashvili said that there was some interest to Georgian beer in Russia.

Earlier there was information that «Kindzmarauli Marani», «Wine House Dugladze» and «Tsinandali» would come back to the Russian market. «Business Georgia» mentioning the Head of Russian Consumer market Control Department Gennadiy Onishenko informed that there were 93 enterprises showed their intentions to return to the Russian market.

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09 April 2013
Pope will become a wine-maker

In the country residence of the new Pope Francis this year two wines will be made for the first time — a white one and a red one. May be this is the voice of blood of his parents — wine-makers from Piedmont, a region famous for its vineyards and wine traditions.

A grandfather of the pontific, Francesco Bergolio came from the Asti province where he owned a vineyard and made wine of a Piedmont grape variety Grognolino. The father of Pope-to-come immigrated to Argentina in 1929, the country became the Motherland of Jorge Mario.

Italian wine-makers feel their-selves God blessed and called Pope Francis «Grignolino Patriarch». They rely a lot on resurrection of production of this red Piedmont wine.

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08 April 2013
The Francis Ford Coppola Winery Park

The 5th of April 2013 in a Californian town, Geyzerville, a wine park will be opened with the name of its creator, an American film director and wine-trader — The Francis Ford Coppola Winery Park.

The wine park is dedicated for family walks as well as for individual visits. Visitors can chose the most convenient services packages including, for example pool visits, art-pavilion presentations, bocce-playing at a special court, dinner in an Italian restaurant of a seasonal Pool Cafe at open air.

Guests can also choose wine-tours with tasting of 40 wines. An additional option is a tasting in a dark room, as the organizers find that a dark tasting lets mostly focus of the taste of a drink.

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05 April 2013
An outstanding New Zealand vintage

Dry and warm New Zealand summer unsatisfied sheep-men, but for vine-growers the conditions were ideal, stated the director of New Zealand Winegrowers Philipp Gregar: «The fall is coming, it is still warm during the day but the nights are cool.

Our forecast is that the vintage will be outstanding in all the wine-making regions of the country», — he said.

The optimism of Mr. Gregar is shared by the most of wine-makers. «Our grape ripens ideally under the blue sky. And cool night let our grape to keep acidity and life-strength which is rare in a dry season», — confessed Gordon Russel, wine-maker of the household Esk Valley, calling this year «the best vintage of his life».

«It’s hard to give a final characteristic to the year as the weather can change before harvesting. But we look forward to a perfect vintage, so to describe it we should prepare a lot of superlative adjectives», — more carefully commented Matt Stafford, the chief wine-maker of Craggy Range.

It’s clear that the sector is raising in the country, the latest 6th edition of «The Great New Zealand Pinot Noir Classification» of Matthew Jukes & Tyson Stelzer includes the biggest quantity of producers — 120 from 484 of households of the country, making wines from Pinot Noir. 23 of them are included to the classification for the 1st time and 5 received the highest notes of 5 stars.

«We have never seen such a grow of quality of New Zealand Pinot Noir of all price levels as we see this year», — commented Jukes and Stelzer.

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04 April 2013
A magic tree of Perrier-Jouët

Devoted to Art brand of Champagne Perrier-Jouët presented a new creation of a Dutch industrial designer Tord Boontje — a stand for champagne glasses The Enchanting Tree.

The creation will become a new pearl of a collection of art-objects, including multiple items like an installation «Lost Time» and a table Perrier-Jouët Flower.

Golden branches of the tree hand-made from metal are decorated with white anemones in style of art-nouveau. The ends of the elegant branches are equipped with round rings for glasses. The tree together with a bottle of champagne Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque was exhibited in Saatchi Gallery in London on the 22th of March.

«I wanted to create a functional object which could inspire emotions and dreams. Here utility is beautiful, and beauty is useful», — Tord Boontje told about his work.

Perrier-Jouët declared also a new grant project in modern art which will stimulate talented British artists. Media-sponsor of the grant is the journal Financial Times. In mid-January the brand organized an art-salon gathered 13 experts — arts critics, curators, artists and collectors who selected the best participants.

According to the data of Disegnodaily the winner will be named on the 26th of March. He will get a prize of £10 000 and the right to organize his own exhibition in a London hotel St Pancras Renaissance in July, 2013. The winner will be able to visit the motherland of Perrier-Jouët Maison Belle Époque in Epernay, France and to see the biggest collection of objects of art-nouveau, and in December — to visit Design Miami.

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03 April 2013
How to buy the best whisky of the world

Experts named 4 principal steps for a customer to buy the best whisky of its price level. And the best doesn’t mean the most expensive one, it means the best in a category.

Worldwide admittance. Whisky you choose for an occasion should have high notes of experts from all over the world. Worldwide admitted whisky normally has several awards and medals from the most significant special journals or competitions. Sommelier in the boutiques should have this information.

Malt whisky. Experts agreed that single malt whiskies are better than blended ones. For sure they don’t compare different categories of whisky like 10-years single malt with 25-years blended whisky. They say that in the same category a single malt whisky is much interesting and rich in taste than a blended one.

To precise, single malt whisky is a drink made of barley malt by classical technology at one distillery. Use of casks from different drinks made Scotch whisky one of the most complex drinks in the world. There are different points of view on aging whisky in the casks. They can leave it for aging for more than 25 years, but both aged and young whisky can become a pearl of a collection. An optimal price/quality balance is in whisky aged 10-12 years in a cask. In this age whisky still keeps its proper character and takes necessary nuances from the oak.

Region. There was time when regions were specialized on a style of whisky, like Lowland in Scotland gave an easy and light in taste whisky for blends, Speyside was known for its aged and complex whisky. There are lots of «glen»-named distilleries in Speyside — Glenfiddich, Glenfarclas and so on. This word means «valley». Currently such a specialization is not so strict, but however it is better to pay attention to the region from which your whisky comes.
Producer. Every producer of whisky has a goal. For example The Macallan for a long time had a glory of «the best worldwide whisky». At some moment the owners understood that their drink became a legend and demand overcame offer. So, they decreased the category of the drink to increase the volume of production, well, they didn’t lose money, but destroyed the legend...

Every producer works in his category and if you are looking for the best whisky, you should look for a producer who has a goal to produce a perfect whisky.

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02 April 2013
Americans created a wine beer

Specialists of an American beer company brewery Odell Brewing Company made a wine beer. Hybrid drink called Amuste.

Quality control manager of Odell Brewing Company Ely Kholodny managed the project of creation of wine beer stated that this is a porter which was aged with some juice of grapes of Tempranillo cultivated in Colorado. The development of the product took two years.

Mr. Kholodny remarks that creation of Amuste is a result of work of a team, not his own: «I was lucky to manage the project, it is really a great experience», — he said.

Amuste is sold in bottles of 0,75 l and the fermentation process finishes in the bottle. Before bottling wine beer ages in oak casks. The alcohol content i\of the beer is 9,3%.

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01 April 2013
Wines from Krasnodar will become better

Control of quantity and quality of wine, produced in the region of Krasnodar, became the main subject of a regional meeting of the government of Krasnodar region.

Minister of Agriculture and Processing Industry of Krasnodar region, vice-governor Sergey Garkusha, head of the Kuban Department of Consumer market and regulation of Alcohol sphere Alexey Titov, top-managers of wine-making enterprises, heads of professional unions of wine-making and wholesalers met to discuss the question of diminution of volume of production of wine aimed to improve its quality.

Mr. Garkusha informed that Krasnodar region showed some positive results, its wines are admitted by the world greatest wine experts at some prestigious International competitions in London, Vienna, Hong-Kong. In 2012 wines had got 44 medals of different ranges (vs 15 in 2011). The share of Kuban wine products at the Russian market is 43,6%.

Besides the last two years showed a decrease of production, there are two reasons for this fact: first of all, all the producers had to re-license their activity in 2011 and to work under a new regulation system of Federal law. The other reason of lower volume of production is the result of the inspection of wine-making enterprises in 2012 by Russian Alcohol Regulation department which provoked closure of some factories.

An outcome of the meeting was a decision to create a system of public control of production and turnover of wine and wine products through identification of wine products bought in the retail points of sales.

Kuban wine-making enterprises will receive recommendations to present samples of products to accredited laboratories for inspection under the methods of Russian Alcohol Regulation department.

Participants of the meeting took decision to effectuate a daily monitoring of the alcohol market and to create an expert-tasting commission for evaluation of quality of wines, bought in the retail points of sales, reports

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29 March 2013
World wine production goes down

During the past year production wine in the world decreased to 6% from 266,7 million dekaliters in 2011 till 250,9 million dekaliters in 2012 and came to the lowest result from 1975 at least, when the statistics started.

The reason is in low harvest in France, Spain, Argentina and some other countries, what is fixed in the report of the International Organization of Vine (OIV), published by the Bloomberg agency.

France, Spain, Italy and Argentina suffered last year from bad weather conditions like hail and dry.

Production of wine in France, normally the leader, fall to 17% in 2012 till 42,2 million hectoliters, the second one, Italy, diminished production to 6,3% till 40,1 million hectoliters, and Spain to 11% till 29,7 million hectoliters. The biggest fall is in Argentina — to 24% till 11,8 million hectoliters.

2012 showed a worldwide increase of wine consumption till 245,2 million hectoliters from 243,8 in 2011. 28-30 million hectoliters of wine was also used to produce strong drinks, vermouth and vinegar, reports OIV. According to the words of general director of the biggest wine cooperative of France Groupe Val d’Orbieu Bertrand Girard, the world will face a deficit of wine at least of 10 million hectoliters (about 1.3 billion bottles).

A French agency FranceAgriMer states that wholesale prices to white wine in France grew up to 45% starting from August, 2012, to red wine — to 17% because of production decrease and expectation of deficit of offer.

International Organization of Vine exists from 1924 and includes 50 countries, known by their wine traditions.

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28 March 2013
Vega Sicilia will be sold at an auction

A huge collection of wines presented for sales by a legendary producer Vega Sicilia will be sold at Sotheby’s in Hong-Kong next month.

The auction will take place in the Exhibition Center of Hong-Kong on the 4th of April. Between the lots there will be a vertical collection of 22 Magnums of wine Vega Sicilia Unico from 1970 till 1999 vintages.

One of the lots from the private collection of Pablo Alvarez, Managing Director, is supposed to get from 12250 till 20600 dollars.

Generally at the auction there will be 234 lots from Vega Sicilia, including 42 vintages of Unico from 1941 to 2002 in different forms, like a lot of 6 bottles of 1942 vintage which can get from 10 to 15 thousand dollars.
There also will be such wines like Reserva Especial and Valbuana #5, as well as Alión from Ribera del Duero, Pintia from Toro and Tokaji Oremus from Hungary.

Total quantity of lots of the auction will be 620 which are expected to gather 1,9-2,7 mln dollars. They will present Bordeaux, Burgundy, Val de Rhone and California.

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27 March 2013
The most popular wine of Italy

The best-seller wine in Italian supermarkets according to the results of sales was named Lambrusco. Last year more than 14 million liters were sold for 44 million Euro.

The second and the third places are taken by Chianti and Montepulciano d’Abruzzo respectively, the forth and the fifth places went to Barbera and Bonarde. Such results were announced by Symphony IRI Group after a research of the wine sales in supermarkets, final report will be published on the 8th of April at Vinitaly.

The research revealed a significant decrease of sales of Nero d’Avola (-30.2%) due to grow of its price to 20%, the same trend have some other wines.

Between «coming up» wines there are Pecorino from Marke and Abruzzo (+23,8%) followed by Pignoletto, Grillo, Traminer, Falanghina.

Total increase of price in 2012 achieved 11% stated

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26 March 2013
Vineyards area of Uzbekistan grows

According to a new order of the President of Uzbekistan total area of vineyards in the country will be increased from 127,1 thousands of hectares till 133 thousands of hectares in 2013.

In 2014 this figure will become 140800, in 2015 — 149700, and by 2020 total area of vineyards of Uzbekistan will become 152 thousands hectares. In percents 2015 vs 2012 will give a grow of 17,8%, and 2020 vs 2012 — almost 20%.

The Program previews that from 2013 till 2015 22,5 thousands of innovative vineyards will be created in Uzbekistan. The quantity of wine-making enterprises will increase in 2013 till 83 vs 81 in 2012. Total volume of production of new enterprises will be 196 thousand.

By 2015 a planned grow of production of wine supposed to be 13,6% vs 2012, by 2020 to 32,1% reports the Uzbekistan office of Vesti.Uz.

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25 March 2013
A Noble Wines Exchange Cavex opening

The launch of a new Exchange of Noble Wines called Cavex is planned on the nearest time.

The aim of the project is to lay a new way of wine trading for wine industry representatives and private collections owners. Such exchange houses as Liv-ex and BBX (Berry Bros & Rudd’s) are considered as competitors of Cavex.

Co-founder and CEO of Cavex Steven Monder states that the basis (creation of which took about 18 months) differs considerably from similar projects, at least existing in the UK.

«We are different from Liv-Ex as we are open to private clients. As for BBX there are two reasons, firstly, Cavex is available to representatives of the trading industry, secondarily, the size of the commission in Cavex is just 3% for both parts (buyer and seller),» — told Mr. Monder to BBX takes commission from the seller only and it is 10%.

According to opinion of an investment manager of the company Lunzer Wine Investment Piter Lanzer, lots of collectors will find the perspective to exclude merchants and brokers from the trading process positive, and would like to work with sellers and buyers in direct. «The most important is that potentially such a schema would help to generate a higher ROI», — he commented.

Cavex will integrate information about more than 50000 wines. The exchange will opened for international buyers but sales will be only made through customs warehouses in the Great Britain.

Cavex is a collective project of several investors from London City totally invested more than £100000.

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