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Social drinking at a time of social distancing

As people move their drinking and social habits to the online world, social media content & engagement that offers a sense of discovery, community and social giving will do well in today’s climate.

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Sparkling wine emerged as most mentioned wine category among industry experts

Sparkling wine was the most discussed wine category with 33% quarter-over-quarter (QoQ) increase among the conversations of leading wine influencers on Twitter during the second half (H2) of 2019, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. An analysis of GlobalData’s Wine Influencer Platform, which tracks the industry experts from wine industry and their […]

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How the US beverage alcohol industry is responding to the COVID-19 crisis

The US alcohol industry accounts for 2.5 million jobs nationally across manufacturers, distributors and retailers. Industry stakeholders are stepping up to support their communities and to urge Congress to offer relief.

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Mas La Plana by Familia Torres, one of the most searched-for Cabernets on Wine-searcher.com

Mas La Plana by Familia Torres (DO Penedès) was among the ten most searched-for, unblended Cabernet Sauvignons on Wine-Searcher.com in 2019. The respected search and price-comparison wine platform, which recorded 226 million searches last year, recently published its ranking of the Cabernets Sauvignon that generated the greatest consumer interest based on the number of searches. […]

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Institute of Masters of Wine cancels 2020 exam

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Institute of Masters of Wine has had to cancel the 2020 exam, which normally takes place in June. The test, which comprises a week of blind wine tastings and written essay-based papers in three centres – London, Sydney and Napa – will not take place at all this year, […]

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ProWine Asia (Singapore) to be postponed to March 2021

Rescheduling the trade fair was deemed necessary in the continued fight against COVID-19 and on the back of tightened border control measures and travel restrictions, total lockdown measures in some countries, tighter social distancing measures and most recently, the suspension of all events and mass gatherings announced by Singapore’s Multi-Ministry Taskforce.

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Stähler Suisse SA evaluates amoeba biocontrol products on grapes and potatoes

Amoéba, a producer of a biological biocide capable of eliminating the risk in water and human wounds and of a biocontrol product for plant protection still in the testing phase, has announced the signature of a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) with Stähler Suisse SA. This partnership aims to extend the performance assessment of Amoéba’s biocontrol […]

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UK: Off-licences added to ‘essential’ retail list

The UK Government has added off-licences and licenced shops selling alcohol, including those within breweries, to its list of ‘essential businesses’. The newly included business format joins a list of businesses already counted as ‘essential’ and therefore able to remain open during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including supermarkets, other food shops, news agencies and petrol […]

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The UK’s Wine Society suspends all orders

The Wine Society has announced that, following the prime minister’s announcement, it will stop taking new orders and all deliveries with immediate effect. CEO Steve Finlan issued a long statement on March 24 to the effect that the company was suspending all operations for the foreseeable future.

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UK’s Majestic shops to stay temporarily closed

Majestic has announced its shops are to remain temporarily closed despite the government having added off-licenses to its list of ‘essential’ businesses. The drinks retailer, which announced that it had temporarily closed its doors to the public following the UK ‘lockdown’ announcement by the Prime Minister on Monday evening, yesterday morning confirmed its stores would […]

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Vinitaly 2020 cancelled

Vinitaly has officially announced that it will not be holding an exhibition in 2020 for the first time in its 54-year history, but will be hosting a show on 18-21 April 2021. With the pandemic still rife in Italy – particularly northern Italy where the show is based – and worsening in parts of Europe […]

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New Master Sommelier film coming later this week

One of Netflix’s latest projects, Uncorked, will be released this week. Filmed entirely in Memphis, US, Uncorked follows a young man who is torn between his own dream of becoming a master sommelier and his father’s dream for him to take over the family barbecue restaurant.

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Wine trade in China and Italy join hands to combat COVID-19

People working in the wine industry in both China and Italy have united to fight COVID-19 by sourcing medical resources from China to help hard-hit hospitals and medical facilities in Italy, which has become the most affected country by the highly-contagious disease after China.

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Too many grapes in California and Washington

America’s two most important winegrowing states are suffering serious over-supply while demand slackens. One of the most hotly anticipated press conferences in the wine world each year (if ever such an event could be said to be eagerly awaited) has long been the release of Rob McMillan’s annual State of the Wine Industry Report.

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Premium drinking habits in the firing line amid economic shutdown

The ‘less but better’ mantra adopted by the trade over the past decade could be facing an existential threat, an industry expert has warned, as the coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic hits the reset button on drinking habits.

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Coronavirus forces cancellation of MW exams

The Institute of Masters of Wine has cancelled this year’s exams in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. In a letter to all MW students, the Institute said that the global challenges brought about by coronavirus have forced it to review and rethink all its activities. As a result, it has cancelled this year’s ‘closed book’ […]

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