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Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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bulk wine, or wine en vrac, as the French call it, is wine that is ready to drink, but has not been put into smaller containers such as bottles. This may be because it is about to be packaged, or because it will be sold to another producer. Most of the wine that is sold in bulk is marketed at less than 10 US dollars per bottle, and is not meant for long term ageing. bulk transport is by far the cheapest way of moving wine and it is common for wine to move in bulk between producer and blender or bottler, possibly between continents and hemispheres.