EUROPE, in wine terms, has pedigree. It is, after all, the home of the longest established commercial wine-making tradition. But these days, its primacy is being challenged by colonial upstarts, in the shape of New World vineyards, and guess what; the new kids on the block seem to be ganging up on the oldsters.

In March of 1999, in Zurich Switzerland, a group of representatives from new world wine regions spent some time talking about general areas of interest in the wine trade such as new plantings, the upcoming WTO meeting in Seattle ...

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