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As Costco's head of wine purchasing since 2003, Annette Alvarez-Peters is the most powerful person in the wine industry whom you've never heard of — and quite possibly one of the most powerful people in the wine industry overall. Alvarez-Peters is responsible for purchasing over $1 billion of wine for Costco every year.
That buys Alvarez-Peters and Costco a lot of influence and power, too.
Coming soon to a store near you: wines from New Jersey! If the prospect of wines from New Jersey sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, consider the fact that the prospect of good wines from California was once considered a joke as well. Today, California wines are drunk and praised all over the world.
The same might happen with wines from New Jersey — and from South Jersey in particular. Recent legal changes in New Jersey laws are about to make it possible.
The economic problems in Europe are affecting wine drinking. Surprised? Spain has the highest unemployment in the entire European Union — 22.6 percent! This is causing Spanish wine drinkers to switch to cheaper wines, to drinking at home, and to foregoing wine entirely. Sad days indeed.
If you live on a calorie restricted diet, where you consume about half the normal calories, you may live a lot longer. You probably won't enjoy life, but you'll live. What if you could achieve the same effect by drinking red wine? Perhaps you can, in which case you might be able to enjoy the extra life you'd get!
Does drinking a bit of wine have good or negative health consequences? Scientific studies have produced mixed results. One of the latest indicates that drinking wine increases breast cancer rates. The increase isn't huge, but even drinking small amounts of wine is linked with some increase and that's enough to warrant concern.
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