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A cellar worker steams American oak wine barrels before their use at Silver Oak Cellars in Oakville, Calif. AP Photo/Eric Risberg

A brief history of American winemaking

Wine came to the US in the 16th century but didn't make it to California – the leader in American winemaking – until the 19th century.
More Chinese wines are finding their way into the liquor aisle. AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel

How China’s winemakers succeeded (without stealing)

As the US celebrates Wine Day, China's young winemakers are a reminder of the power and value of cameraderie and cooperation in this age-old industry.
KKR and Rhone Capital have joined forces and sweetened the initial May offer for Treasury Wines Estate. Flickr/RobertHodge

Private equity looms over Australia’s wine industry

It is sometimes said that at least investors in vineyards can drink their losses. Indeed, it’s been a rocky few years for the Australian wine industry. External pressures have been challenging and much…
Australia’s most prized wine is in the sights of a corporate raider, but the other brands could be at risk. AAP/Julian Smith

Wine lovers face sour taste as private equity eyes off Grange

Penfolds Grange is in the news again, a month after a 1959 bottle of Australia’s most iconic wine figured in the resignation of New South Wales premier Barry O’Farrell. This time it is attracting attention…

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