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News From the (Outdoorsy) Alternative Universe

July 6th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

The makers of Clif Energy Bars are expanding their active-millennial product line to wine. Introducing: The Climber Pouch wine-in-a-backpackable-bag: With an 80% lower carbon footprint and 90% less waste than two glass bottles, the Climber Pouch is easy on the planet and the palate. It’s lighter to carry than glass, easy to re-seal and stays fresh [...]

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If Anyone Cared About Canadian Wine, This Would Be a Problem

May 27th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

The Vintners Quality Alliance of British Columbia has decided that it will only give its seal of quality approval to wines packaged in glass bottles. The decree created something of a glass ceiling for wineries that want to market wines that meet VQA standards in alternative formats, such as PET, Tetra Pak formats and, in [...]

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You’ve Been Waiting For This

May 25th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

The first Chilean wine in a can debuts at the National Restaurant Association convention in Chicago: “Fine wine in a can?,” blurted out Virginia Mampre, a food industry consultant, when she stopped at the booth. (Sales rep Carlos) Hart poured her a plastic glass of Cabernet. “It tastes like it’s already been decanted,” she gushed. [...]

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Wine As Status Symbol in China

April 11th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

New Zealand wineries exporting wine to China discover that corks sell: The Chinese were not keen on screw tops because they associated corks with the tradition and prestige of top French wines, especially those from Bordeaux, (Matariki winery owner John) O’Connor said. He has now decided to go back to corks for some of his other [...]

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I’d Tap That

April 7th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

The trend toward wine-on-tap gets a boost with the first fully recyclable wine keg. The recyclable kegs from German company Shäfer Container Systems can be tossed out with curbside recycling, and the kegs cost under $30 apiece. Each keg holds just shy of eight gallons, saving the winery money on packaging, which can run from [...]

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It’s Happening and There’s Nothing You Can Do About It

March 21st, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Growth in American wine consumption is being led by an 18% increase in the sale of premium box wines.

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In Which I Salute, For Once, the Millennials

November 9th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

As an advocate of alternative packaging, I’ve got to hand it to the Millennials. They’re much more accepting of non-traditional packaging than stodgy old Boomers. Jean-Charles Boisset: The way we do things today, the way we live today, is not like the way we did centuries ago. And I don’t think one needs to associate [...]

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Expect This Experiment to Fizzle

September 8th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

While I support alternative wine packaging in all of its forms, I think this is going to be a tough sell: Duval-Leroy, one of the larger Champagne houses which produced more than 6 million of the 320 million bottles of Champagne made last year, will start selling bottles with aluminium tops later this year…The move [...]

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Another Step Down the Road to the $100 Wine Box

August 23rd, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Another brand moves from bottle to box. Don Sebastiani & Sons, a family-owned wine company based in Sonoma, California, announces that Pepperwood Grove wines are now available in a new 3-liter box, in addition to bottles. “This is a significant move for us,” said Don Sebastiani, Jr., president and chief executive officer. “It is the [...]

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Juice Bags for Grown-Ups

June 24th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Glenora Winery in the Finger Lakes becomes the first American winery to sell wine in a pouch. The 1.5 liter bags are similar to the Capri Sun juice bags familiar to anyone who has reproduced since about 1985, except that instead of sticking a straw in the bag there’s a spigot at the bottom. The [...]

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