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South Africa adds water to wine

25/08/2010 Jozef Schildermans 2

The Wine and Spirit Board of South Africa proposes to allow vintners to add water to grape musts. Because of global warming the grapes contain more sugar, which leads to high alcohol levels. But alcohol-rich wines are less popular with consumers. That is why the South Africans want to water down their musts. The South African government has to approve > Read more …

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Fourteen communal appellations in AOC Alsace

25/08/2010 Jozef Schildermans 0

The French Institut National de l’origine et de la qualité (INAO) may decide in November to recognize fourteen new municipal appellations in Alsace, reports the French newspaper Le Pays. The AOC Alsace will receive a similar pyramidal AOC hierarchy as AOC Languedoc. The new communal appellations is positioned above the overall AOC Alsace and below the AOC Alsace Grands Cru. > Read more …

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Study: even moderate drinking increases breast-cancer risk

25/08/2010 Jozef Schildermans 0

According to a study by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, even moderate alcohol consumption increases the risk of breast cancer. Women who drink 14 units of alcohol a week have a 24 percent greater risk of breast cancer than abstainers. Fourteen units of alcohol is regarded as moderate alcohol consumption, seven units is the recommended ‘safe level’. > Read more …

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Languedoc AOC becomes pyramid

25/08/2010 Jozef Schildermans 0

Languedoc, one of the largest wine regions in France, will receive a ‘simpler’ AOC classification from mid 2011. The comprehensive Languedoc AOC remains the base of a pyramid topped by both ‘Grands Vins du Languedoc’ and ‘Grands Cru du Languedoc’. Grands Vins caters for the more famous subappellations such as Minervois, Corbières and St. Chinian. Grand Cru designates the best > Read more …