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$2.14 of your bottle goes toward paying these guys. (Courtesy, Alit.)

I rarely spend more than $20 on a bottle of wine. Often, it’s closer to $10. It’s not that I’m unwilling, unable, or philosophically opposed to pricier bottles it’s just that I don’t know how to make my dollars count.

That puts me squarely in the market that Mark Tarlov, a 64-year-old winemaker, aims to capture with his new venture, Alit. His plan is to do for wine what Everlane has done for cashmere sweaters: eliminate distributors and retailers to bring what would traditionally be a $60-100 bottle of wine to online customers for a fraction of the cost. Also like Everlane, he wants to upend the status quo by publicly declaring his input costs crafting the story of how he spends those dollars into an accessible course in wine appreciation.

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Obama administration’s complaint emerges as unease emerges in Ottawa over possible changes to trade policy under Trump.

The Obama administration on Wednesday launched a trade challenge against Canada’s treatment of U.S. wines, arguing the rules in place undermine fair competition.

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Tens of millions of people are signed up to TripAdvisor-style wine apps, so who cares what sommeliers have to say?

Tens of millions of people are signed up to TripAdvisor-style wine apps, so who cares what sommeliers have to say?

Wine has long been one of the ultimate markers of class and taste. It separates those who poke their finger at the second cheapest bottle on the wine menu to avoid pronouncing "sauvignon blanc" incorrectly and saying “oh, that’s lovely!” when asked to test the wine rather than simply confirming it isn’t corked.

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Time Out tries and tests the best apps for city living. This week: get serious about wine with the help of Corkscrew.

What is it?

A digital sommelier. This new app suggests plonk to go with your food, either in a restaurant or at home. Choose a dish and Corkscrew will recommend the bottle: easy. If you like what you’re drinking, save it to your wine history (now that’s my kind of history).

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The creators of a vivid blue Spanish ‘wine’ are fighting a ban imposed by Spanish authorities on describing it as ‘wine’, a decision that it has branded “unfair” and “absurd”.

The creators of a vivid blue Spanish ‘wine’ are fighting a ban imposed by Spanish authorities on describing it as ‘wine’, a decision that it has branded “unfair” and “absurd”.

A group of young Spaniards launched Gik, a bright blue wine from Bierzo in northwest Spain made with red and white grapes, last year.

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Moet-Hennessy’s Ao Yun (Above The Clouds) 2013, a Bordeaux-style red, at $300 a pop.

If you pay even casual attention to the wine world you’ll be aware that China has recently emerged as a major player – it's estimated consumption has been rising 15% annually – but most people, bemused by headlines of the fantastic auction prices big-name Bordeaux has fetched in Hong Kong, and amused by the often ludicrous attempts of counterfeiters to pass off Chateau Lafight and Chateau Lafete as the real thing, focus on China as a market for other country’s wines.

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Detail from the cover page of the State of the Wine Industry report, released today by Silicon Valley Bank.

The making of wine is punctuated by annual, cyclical traditions, from pruning to harvest, from punch downs to stirring the lees, from bottling to laying those bottles down to age.

The business of wine, too, is punctuated by certain reports, statements, and releases that, more than simply taking the pulse of the industry, also measure vital signs as well as danger warnings for what’s ahead.

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Bottles of wine on display at Hillside Winery in Sevierville

Tennessee’s small wine industry is growing, but not up to its potential, according to several winemakers and a University of Tennessee report.

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Ultra-Exclusive Fine Wine Concierge and Storage Service Launches in the Heart of Beverly Hills, California.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA (PRWEB) JANUARY 05, 2017

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Zachys Wine Auctions shines with a 99% sold Holiday Sale in NYC, realizing over $7M and rounding out the year with over $65M global auction sales.

WHITE PLAINS, NY (PRWEB) DECEMBER 06, 2016

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The Cunco reservoir, courtesy Viña Montes and Feast PR

Despite those who deny or are skeptical, a large majority of climate scientists tell us climate change isn’t only here, it borders on irreversible. The biggest threat may be in the fresh water supply, through a combination of persistent drought conditions and rising saltwater levels.

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Grapes hang on vines, produced by dry farming, in Canard Vineyard in Napa Valley, California. (Photo/Adam Fox)

As efforts continue to conserve water in drought-plagued California, one grape farming method has an added benefit of creating more flavorful wine.

Dry farming is a method that takes advantage of the water naturally available in the soil. When strictly applied, it excludes all forms of irrigation during the productive period of a vineyard.

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