10/3/2013

A new law that allows the use of press wine, in addition to traditional distilled alcohol, in the production of port wines and brandy has some producers concerned about upholding their product quality. The use of press wine could lower production costs, but also may result in a decrease in the quality and image of the product, winemakers say. The changes come in response to a bump in the price of port wines and brandy, up from $4 per gallon in 2009 to $18 in 2013, driven by increased demand from Asia and the end of European subsidies for distillation.

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