Holiday shopping season extends well beyond video games, gaudy sweaters and plasma TV sets. Take the spirits industry, for example.
SAN ANTONIO — It takes more money than ever to make a bottle of wine these days. The cost of the bottle itself has gone up, as have the prices of corks and even foil caps.
I was spending a few relaxed hours with a group of people in an old cantina in dusty downtown Tequila, Mexico, discussing the explosion in the town’s namesake liquor among U.S. consumers and the merits of its various styles.
Mexico is in the midst of the biggest boom in its four-century history of mass producing tequila.
The sagging French wine industry often tries to put a good face on its future despite increased global competition and less than stellar sales.