The United States became the world's biggest wine market last year, beating France into second place for the first time as consumption falls in the country widely seen as the drink's natural home. U.S. consumers bought 29.1 million hectoliters of wine in 2013, a rise of 0.5 percent on 2012, while French consumption fell nearly 7 percent to 28.1 mi...

Domenico Ghirlandaio was the artist that, in 1476, painted the Hall of the Last Supper of the abbey of St. Michael the Archangel, founded in the 9th century and enclosed in the wooded hills of Passignano, in the Chianti area.   Then the centuries damaged the structure, which meanwhile became the castle of the Dzieduszycki counts, who chose t...

Votto Vines Importing, a rapidly expanding wine importing and marketing company, has announced the launch of a new incubator program to formalize and streamline its processes for importing wines into the United States.   The program will establish a standardized system for reviewing and evaluating wines not currently in the U.S. market, incl...

After a 1% decline in shipments to 27 million cases in 2012, Italian wine is expected to be back in positive growth territory in the U.S. market by year-end, with volume estimated to rise 3%-5%. An even better showing is expected on the value side, which is up around 6% so far this year, boosted by price increases and the relative strength of Italy...

by Mike Dunne   While Champagne is the most popular wine with which to toast significant milestones like the start of a new year, other sparkling wines are gaining enthusiastic followings in the United States. They are apt to be from Australia, Chile, Spain or somewhere else, including California, which is yielding many of the best barg...

So the federal government is requiring restaurants to display the calorie count of food items on their menus. This applies to chain restaurants, grocery store take-out counters, convenience stores, theaters, amusement parks and vending machines with 20 or more locations.   Read more   Source: http://www.recordonline.com  ...

Trattandosi di vino la battuta potrebbe venire spontanea: rischio bolla per il mercato mondiale? Qualche dubbio produttori e addetti ai lavori cominciano ad averlo.   Soprattutto sembra essersi interrotta la cavalcata epocale che in appena cinque anni – tra il 2009 e il 2014 – aveva visto il mercato mondiale crescere addirittura del 122%. Or...

If you think you can come to Italy and keep your waistline intact, you are sorely mistaken – for there is no such thing as being on a diet in this country. Between the countless gelatos (it's hot in Italy, okay?) and the pasta and the wine, well, calories really aren't much of a concern. Especially in Emilia-Romagna, one of Italy's most underrated...

Though I appreciate Federal Hill's established collection of Italian restaurants, I always find it refreshing to see a newcomer on Atwells. Enoteca Umberto opened in July, but its small size and word-of-mouth marketing mean it's still a bit of a secret.   Atwells was quiet on a mid-week night, and we took our time with a cocktail while brows...

By S. Irene Virbila Italian immigrants were instrumental in founding the California wine industry, yet when winemakers sought to upgrade the image of their wines in the mid-20th century, they followed the then-current fashion and went with French grapes — Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Though perhaps better suited to California's climate, Ital...