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Reaching Markets in the Far East
 
07.28.2014
 
Thousands of buyers expected at Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair
 
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Exhibitors pour wine samples for trade and the public during the Hong Kong International wine & Spirits Fair in 2013.
Hong Kong—The Pearl of the Orient will welcome thousands of wine industry professionals once again Nov. 6-8, as the city hosts the seventh annual Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair.

The 2013 fair boasted more than 1,000 exhibitors and 20,000 trade buyers during the three-day event held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The same year, Hong Kong posted wine imports valued at more than $1 billion. California exported $78 million worth of wine to Hong Kong in 2013, according to Wine Institute.
 
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Ontario Hones Appassimento Wine
 
07.25.2014
 
Style of winemaking draws on Italian tradition with a Canadian twist
 
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Debbie Inglis of Brock University has led a five-year project studying appassimento-style wines, which are made from dried grapes. Her slide above shows techniques used to dry the grapes.
Vineland, Ontario—Ontario researchers are exploring a variety of methods for enhancing local wineries’ production of appassimento-style wines.

Ontario’s climate is more humid than that of northern Italy, where appassimento wines have enjoyed popularity since ancient times. The wines are defined by the fact grapes are dried post-harvest, which reduces the water content and results in wines of intense flavor and body.
 
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