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Wide shot of professionals milling through the 2023 WSWA Access LIVE conference

Access LIVE Returns for 2024

Building on last year’s success, WSWA will unite all three tiers of the beverage alcohol industry in Las Vegas for nearly three days of energetic networking, dealmaking, and events

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The New Bargains in Beaujolais

Beaujolais—especially cru Beaujolais—has become more expensive over the last decade. But buyers insist that there are still plenty of values to be found

Visit of undergrounds caves, showing of sediment in bottle, traditional making of champagne sparkling wine in Cote des Bar, Champagne, France.

The Science of Lees Aging

Lees aging not only yields attractive aromas and textures for still and sparkling wines alike—it also prevents oxidation and structural instability. Here’s how

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The Science of Flor Yeast

Best known for its role in sherry and vin jaune, flor imparts unique structure and flavor to wine. What conditions create a veil of flor—and how, exactly, does it impact wine style?


Continuing the Legacy of a Napa Valley Icon

For nearly two decades, winemaker Nicole Marchesi has helped usher Far Niente into the future while honoring the legendary winery’s roots

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Frédéric Panïotis, chef de cave for Ruinart, inspects a bottle of Champagne

Why Are There So Many New Champagne Cuvées This Year?

A recent influx of new releases from Champagne houses has been spurred by a changing climate, a move towards terroir specificities, and increasing demand for this sparkling wine