Category: International

Ingredient labelling: a winemaker strikes back

While the EU and foods in the United States have one set standard they must adhere to, wineries have potentially 50 different standards. Of course, state governments often use these standards to raise revenue. A good example of this is Connecticut where each label must be approved by the state at a cost of $200 […]

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Nielsen: Big wineries grab 70% of COVID sales

For the latest 11-week time frame when COVID-19 heavily impacted consumer behaviour (from the week ending 3/7/20 through the week ending 5/16/20), we’ve seen a change in dollar sales in aggregate (from our in-store retail measurement). Total online off-premise alcohol sales are +141.5% year-over-year for the one-week period ending 5/16/20.

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Rosé and sparkling water hybrid launched in US

Rosé Water, a hybrid drink targeted at health conscious millennials made from French rosé and sparkling water has gone on sale in 15 states across the US. Made from a rosé crafted from Loire Valley Pinot Noir, Gamay, and Cabernet Franc blended with sparkling water from the Austrian Alps, cans of the 4.9% ABV Rosé […]

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Italian winemakers see trouble ahead

The Italian investment bank Mediobanca has released its annual survey of Italian wine companies and the mood is gloomy. The 2020 edition of Mediobanca’s annual wine industry survey reveals that more than 60% of the Italian wine companies surveyed expect their sales to fall this year. Their overall outlook is more pessimistic than it was […]

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Bordeaux estates launch latest vintages with lower prices

Travel restrictions have disrupted one of the most important part of the year for Bordeaux’s fine wine producers. Prices this year are expected to be lower as economic uncertainty rippling through the world has tightened buyers’ purse strings, but that isn’t to say they are bargains, given the high prices many estates placed on the […]

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United Sommeliers Foundation to raise money for industry workers

The newly-formed United Sommelier Foundation is holding an auction to raise money for restaurant wine workers that have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Wines donated by wineries and private individuals, including other sommeliers, are set to be sold online, with bids accepted from 25 May.

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Chinese wine drinkers up import wine purchase volume amid pandemic

Chinese wine drinkers have upped their purchase volume and spend on imported wines in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic. China’s 50 million drinkers of imported wine found more occasions to drink wine during the COVID-19 restrictions, and bought more wine using online retailers, according to a new report published this week by Wine […]

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The Chinese wine market has started to recover thanks to bulk wine

Up to March 2020, wine imports into China accounted for 136 million litres during the year-on-year period, representing only 5% less compared to this time last year; taking into account the COVID-19 outbreak, these are very positive figures. Despite the impact of the pandemic, wine purchases are witnessing an upward trend and have surpassed 35.5 […]

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Premium wine falls victim to coronavirus

Premiumisation might be over for wine as producers look to offer value ahead of prestige to an uncertain market. Coronavirus has unleashed the beast, and now, that beast is menacing the cushiest corners of wine country. While wine sales generally have been less than ideal in recent years, much of the premium segment has managed […]

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Napa Valley shouldn’t expect tourism to substantially bounce back until 2021

May ordinarily marks the beginning of Napa Valley’s peak visitor season, the time when over 125 hotels, 400 wineries and 150 restaurants open their doors to most of the approximately 3.8 million people who visit every year. But in the wake of COVID-19 and global shelter-in-place orders, Napa shouldn’t expect to see a real bounce […]

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UK pub groups to spend millions as lockdown eases

Pub groups could spend millions on goggles, gloves, and hand sanitiser to ensure they can welcome customers back when the UK’s lockdown measures are eased. Pub groups are now preparing to reopen in July when (and if) the government gives them the go-ahead, and each have their own approach to social distancing. The government has […]

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US state efforts to ease restrictions on to-go wine clash with Napa County regulations

The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control wants to make it easier for some bars, wineries, distilleries and breweries to sell alcohol to-go during the coronavirus pandemic, but there are local hurdles. Businesses that primarily sell alcohol and do not have their own kitchens will now be allowed to sell beverages to-go in sealed containers […]

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Flat, sustainable wine bottles

UK-based wine packaging and wholesaler Garçon Wines is eyeing Asia-Pacific, specifically Australia, New Zealand and China with its flat PET wine bottles that can fit through a letterbox. The bottles are made from recycled PET material, not single-use plastic. According to the company, the space, energy and weight savings of its bottles could significantly slash […]

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US wine importers must not ‘go back to old ways’, Silicon Valley bank says

Wine sales in the United States shot up more than 10% during the first eight weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic. But restaurant and winery tasting room closings, along with consumer lockdowns during that period, have drastically shifted the industry’s sales and distribution channels, perhaps permanently, according to participants in a May 21 online seminar hosted […]

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Boxed wine sales surge around the world and will keep going

Demand for boxed wine has spiked globally during the pandemic–the evidence (and improving quality) suggest boxed wine sales will continue to surge. In the US, Insider reported sales increased by 53% in the week of March 7, compared with like-for-like sales a year earlier. Across the border, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, Canada, reported […]

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Has the Prosecco bubble burst?

Sales of Prosecco have been slowing down over the past 12 months as sparkling wine lovers look for the next delicious great value sparkling wine. The question is what will it be? There have always been other sparkling wines including Champagne, but none has grabbed the headlines as much and as easily as Prosecco whose […]

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