Wine

Wine bottle in shop

Wine buying hits shoppers' sweet spots at the multiples

28 Mar 2017 | By Jo Gilbert

High levels of shopper-satisfaction and the willingness of consumers to linger in the wine aisle, are presenting opportunities to engage the customer and drive trade-up sales, a new supermarket study has suggested. 

Champagne

Moët & Chandon

Champagne in growth at LVMH 2017 Q1

11 Apr 2017 | By Jo Gilbert

The latest results from luxury producer LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton paint a picture of positive growth for sales of Champagne despite stiff competition from other sparkling alternatives.

Fortified

Santa with sherry

WSTA launches Christmas campaign to turnaround sales of fortified wines

20 Dec 2016 | By Mathew Lyons

The UK wine trade and consumers alike are being called upon to ‘Save Santa’s Sherry’ in a festive campaign from the WSTA.

Lighter style

Bordeaux

Bordeaux: Not so sweet for sweet wine Subscription

10 Jan 2017 | By Justin Keay

No one doubts that the future for historic winery Chateau d’Yquem and for sweet Bordeaux’s renowned 11 premier cru producers - and even the second crus in Sauternes and Barsac - looks good.

Sparkling

Woodchurch Classic Cuvée

Connoisseur Estates signs up first English sparkling wine producer

03 Apr 2017 | By Jo Gilbert

Connoisseur Estates has announced a new agency agreement for Woodchurch English sparkling wines to plug the gap for English wines in the their portfolio.

  • Craft beer

    Should wine be tapping into the craft movement?

    The craft brewing movement is showing no signs of slowing down, as small and large brewers alike continue to expand their portfolios, increasingly targeting food outlets in a bid to steal market share from the wine category. 

  • Italy

    Italy’s medley of intriguing reds

    Traditionally built on just a few classic wine names, such as Chianti, Valpolicella and Barolo to name a trio of the most popular, the landscape for the Italian red wine category in the UK is changing.

  • Think Gin 2017 Winners

    Think Gin debate: Survival of the fittest

    Hosting a debate entitled “Mapping out the Future of the UK Gin Category” promised to be a lively affair and so it proved at this year’s Think Gin event at The Happenstance in London, with a packed session bringing together retailers, on-trade operators, wholesalers and producers.

  • Women in wine

    Wine fraud: A booming business

    In December 2013, counterfeit expert Rudy Kurniawan became the first person to be convicted of wine fraud, sentenced to 10 years in a California prison.

  • Daniel O’Donnell, winemaker at Turkish producer, Kayra

    Turkey’s distinctive wines still facing challenges in the UK

    Turkish wine is having its 15 minutes of fame, with the cognoscenti, foodies and sommeliers all recognising massively improved quality, exciting indigenous grapes and the all-important quality of “different-ness” that makes wine from lesser-known producing countries so appealing. 

  • Alcohol Related Harm ARH

    How can the trade communicate its way to a healthier industry?

    There is no shortage of trade-funded initiatives aimed at promoting responsible drinking and preventing alcohol-related harm.

  • Women in wine

    Women making waves in wine

    In the wine trade, where there will always be a healthy quota of men in red trousers patrolling tastings and trade shows, the number of women in prominent roles in the industry has without doubt been growing.

  • Germany

    Germany: Keeping it simple

    There are lies, damned lies, and statistics”, once noted Benjamin Disraeli, an aphorism that becomes increasingly apparent when analysing Germany’s future prospects in the UK. According to Nielsen, off-trade sales of German wine have declined by 9.7%, down from £72.6 million to £65.5 million over the past year, while volume is also down 7.6%.

  • Seven Cellars, Brighton

    State of the indie nation

    As we begin planning for our next Think Indie, Drink Indie event this summer it’s a reminder of just how much has happened in the trade since last summer, when our inaugural event explored the opportunities and challenges faced by the sector. 

  • Montreux, Switzerland

    Swiss wine Part 2: Indigenous variety heaven

    Wineries from all six of Switzerland’s wine regions were present at the Swiss Wine tasting last month: Valais and Vaud, where most wineries are based, and which account respectively for 33% and 25% of production, Geneva, Ticino, the surprisingly extensive German-speaking area and the Three Lakes Region.

  • Switzerland

    Swiss wine Part 1: The unknown country

    “In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace – and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.”

  • Apprenticeships

    The Apprentice: How will the new government levy affect the trade and will it help staff churn?

    As of this month, the government’s apprenticeship levy is going to revolutionise the way large businesses offer staff training. 

  • Champagne

    Champagne going for gold

    The British love affair with sparkling wine continues with more than 131 million bottles of fizz sold in the UK off-trade in 2016, which represents an impressive 13% leap on the previous year. 

  • Spain

    Spain's new wave wines

    Much is written about Spain’s new and exciting fringes, and for very good reason.

  • Technology

    Through the telescope: A look at future tech likely to affect the wine trade

    When Uber recently announced it was looking into the possibility of making daily air travel as cheap as a normal taxi fare, the world – and especially the media – gasped with anticipation.

  • Supermarket

    The battle for the retail shelves

    The latest Nielsen retail reports make for interesting reading. Supermarket own-brand wines showed growth of 12.6% in the 12 weeks leading up to January 28, 2017, an escalation from 5.5% year-on-year growth, while brands lost 3% share.

  • young drinkers

    Millennials: sorting the facts from the fiction

    A Wine Intelligence presentation at Prowein sought to debunk much of the common notion that Millennials are a fundamentally different consumer group with a clearly cohesive mindset, with implications for those creating targeted new brands

  • Brand Ambassadors

    Brand Ambassadors: Spreading the gospel

    Glenfiddich’s UK brand ambassador, Mark Thomson, is introducing the brand’s new IPA beer-infused expression at a trade event in central London. “When I tell people I’m a brand ambassador they usually say: ‘Yes, but what’s your real job?’”

  • Matthew Clark's Emporium Tasting 2017

    Blurring lines between on-trade beer, wine and spirits

    Matthew Clark’s new Emporium tasting concept delivered on its promise of providing a circus-themed extravaganza at London’s Tobacco Dock on Tuesday. 

  • Wine labels of the future

    Wine labels of the future will increasingly have a link to a website or QR bar code which could be scanned with phones to reveal the ingredients, calories and nutritional value of wine, but far less likely is any further legal obligation to fully disclose ingredients.

Wine by type

Woodchurch Classic Cuvée

Connoisseur Estates signs up first English sparkling wine producer

03 Apr 2017 | By Jo Gilbert

Connoisseur Estates has announced a new agency agreement for Woodchurch English sparkling wines to plug the gap for English wines in the their portfolio.

Frédéric Panaïotis

Registration opens for Ruinart Challenge 2017

31 Mar 2017 | By Jo Gilbert

Entries are now open for The Ruinart Challenge, previously known as Ateliers Ruinart.

Champagne

Champagne going for gold Subscription

31 Mar 2017 | By Chris Wilson

The British love affair with sparkling wine continues with more than 131 million bottles of fizz sold in the UK off-trade in 2016, which represents an impressive 13% leap on the previous year. 

Wine bottle in shop

Wine buying hits shoppers' sweet spots at the multiples

28 Mar 2017 | By Jo Gilbert

High levels of shopper-satisfaction and the willingness of consumers to linger in the wine aisle, are presenting opportunities to engage the customer and drive trade-up sales, a new supermarket study has suggested. 

SkinnyFizz

Mitchells & Butlers adds 'skinny' sparkling wine to its menu

22 Mar 2017 | By Lisa Riley

Mitchells & Butlers is hoping to entice calorie-conscious drinkers by adding a ‘skinny’ sparkling wine to its menu.

Beltran Domecq

Sherry president outlines opportunities for growth

14 Mar 2017 | By Jo Gilbert

Sherry has attracted its fair share of negative headlines in recent years, with its steadily declining volumes making it an easy target to highlight shortcomings in the wider alcohol industry.

English sparkling wine

Sales of fizz breaks Christmas barrier of 45 million bottles for first time

06 Mar 2017 | By Jo Gilbert

Sales of sparkling set yet another benchmark in the run up to Christmas, with sparkler-hungry Brits quaffing 10% more than usual in the off-trade and 37% in the on-trade. 

Winner Terry Kandylis Moet Sommelier of the Year 2016

Moët UK's Sommelier Of The Year opens for entries

03 Mar 2017 | By Jo Gilbert

Moët & Chandon’s Sommelier of the Year competition has returned for another year, once again looking to bestow the accolade on a shining star of the UK on-trade.

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