Category Archives: Wine

Wine Futures: The Declining Importance of Grape and Region

Introduction Extensive research has shown that in blind tastings, price does not matter. That is, without knowing the price, people are just as likely to prefer a cheaper wine to a more expensive one. Of course, we don’t buy wines … Continue reading

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More Fraud Is Coming in the Global Wine Industry

Introduction The world is replete with wine conferences, e.g., The American Association of Wine Economists, Wine Vision, and Vinexpo. And typically, these conferences have one or more sessions on the future of the wine industry. But there is one easy-to-predict … Continue reading

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Wine Buyers, Sellers, and Grape Growers: What The Future Holds

Introduction This article uses what is known about the sellers, buyers, marketers and distributors of wine to project where the industry is going. Sellers Table 1 presents volume, value and price data on bottled and bulk wine[1] for the leading … Continue reading

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Wines People Like: The Evidence and What It Means

Introduction The evidence from blind tastings on wines people like and their ability to tell differences between wines is growing rapidly. In this piece, I look carefully at this evidence and attempt to say what it all means. Evidence Humans … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Wine Tasting Event: Distinguishing Reds From Whites

Introduction Members of The Lenox Wine Club (LWC) are “veterans” – all have been drinking wine for 30+ years. In the last 23 months, the Club conducted 11 blind tastings and they shattered many pre-conceived notion. For example, the first … Continue reading

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The Red Wine Challenge – But It’s Bota Box Again!

Introduction The Lenox Wine Club just had its 9th wine tasting dinner. It was special – a challenge dinner! As I detailed in an earlier piece, a leading restaurateur/caterer in my home town was quite skeptical of how well box … Continue reading

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Chiantis – The Box Wine Wins Again

Introduction In the six previous blind tastings of the Lenox Wine Club, a box wine has come in either first or second. Chianti was the focus of our 7th blind tasting. And once again, a 3-liter box wine got the … Continue reading

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Judgments of Paris, Princeton, and Lenox, Part 5

Introduction As I have written, it was striking in 1976 when Californian wines “sort of” beat French wines in Paris tastings. I say “sort of” because Orley Ashenfelter and Richard E. Quandt found that while Californian wines got the highest … Continue reading

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Judgments of Paris, Princeton, and Lenox, Part 4

Introduction As indicated earlier, it was striking in 1976 when Californian wines “sort of” beat French wines in Paris tastings. I say “sort of” because Orley Ashenfelter and Richard E. Quandt found that while Californian wines got the highest ranking … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Wine Laws Violate the US Constitution

Introduction A recent report found that more wine is consumed per capita in Massachusetts than in any other US state. That might lead you to expect that Massachusetts wine laws would accommodate its wine drinkers. They don’t. In fact, a … Continue reading

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