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Globalisation, industry consolidation, branding and the clashing views between the Old and the New World, are all dealt with in a most accessible fashion by coffee-cum-chocolate addict Gideon Rachman in a rare, insightful Christmas 1999 survey which The Economist keeps at your fingertips.

Still compelling after all this time, this piece of research came 16 years after the magazine aired its concern over massive wine surpluses ('Overflow - The World's Wine Trade', written by Nicholas Faith, Christmas 1983). Plus ša change ...

To access the 1999 survey's seven articles, go to
The Economist's website and search for 'wine survey'. Both surveys should be freely available for consultation in your local library anyway.

Pierre Spahni - Economic Research & Consultancy for Wine - Tel  +41 22 800 1607 Fax 800 1608