Vinum Verum Viribus? Systematic Errors in Wine Alcohol Labels

Julian M. Alston, Kate B. Fuller, James T. Lapsley, George Soleas, and Kabir P. Tumber

from ARE Update Vol. 19, No. 4, Mar/Apr, 2016

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Abstract

Using international data for 18 vintages, we find systematic differences between the actual and stated alcohol content of wine. Our results suggest that rising alcohol content of wine may be a nuisance by-product of producer responses to evolving market and production environments.

Keywords

alcohol tax, high alcohol wine, climate change, market norms, consumer preferences

Citation

Julian M. Alston, Kate B. Fuller, James T. Lapsley, George Soleas, and Kabir P. Tumber. "Vinum Verum Viribus? Systematic Errors in Wine Alcohol Labels." ARE Update 19(4)(2016):1-4. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.
https://giannini.ucop.edu/publications/are-update/issues/2016/19/4/vinum-verum-viribus-systematic-errors-in-wine-alco/