The Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation reported last week that the 2006 wine harvest will likely fall below last year’s record performance. Although it is expected to be good to excellent in quality, the crop will probably return to the average volume coming in close to 1.8m tonnes, 7% lower than the 2005 harvest. AWBC … Continue reading “PROJECTIONS FOR THE 2006 AUSTRALIAN GRAPE HARVEST”

Indiana may not turn into a direct shipping state after all. Last Thursday, February 23, a Senate committee approved HB 1190 which went on to be halted by the full Senate. Sen. President Pro Tempore Robert D. Garton does not want the bill to advance because he fears an ensuing lawsuit from in-state wineries. Reportedly, … Continue reading “UNREST IN THE HOSSIER STATE”

Ray’s Station Vineyards Sonoma County Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon “Hearty Red Wines for Men” is marketed specifically towards, well, men, namely those who steer clear of wine in the traditional sense. While most wines are targeted towards women, who purchased 55% of wine in the United States last year, Ray’s Station is going the other … Continue reading “UNLEASHING OF THE BEAST: MANLY WINE”

The wine industry is still divided over making zinfandel the official state wine of California. Some think it’s “a huge mistake to bestow such prestige on just one type,” according to the Contra Costa Times, while others want to honor zinfandel’s history and association with California. Although the grape likely originated in Croatia, California turned … Continue reading “MAKE ZINFANDEL OFFICIAL?”

InBev’s full year pre-tax earnings rose 15.5% and revenues increased 7.2% despite staggering sales in western Europe, their second biggest market. Second half profit went up 1.6% while sales gained 27% thanks to the 2004 acquisition of Brazil’s Cia De Bebidas das Americas. “Volume decrease in western Europe was expected. And although volumes fell, they … Continue reading “INBEV POSTS 2ND-QUARTER RESULTS”

The Senate Commerce and Transportation Committee altered HB 1190 to allow wine shipments in and out of Indiana. After wineries check identification in person, out-of-state and in-state wineries are allowed to ship up to 1,000 cases directly to Indiana residents. However, there is no limit to how many cases Indiana wineries can send to other … Continue reading “VICTORY FOR WINERIES IN INDIANA”

Constellation’s is planning to consolidate bottling operations at the Woodbridge Winery and Turner Road Vintners outside Lodi next year as a part of their restructuring program. Lisa Farrell, VP of communications, told Recordnet.com, “We will move the bottling operation at Turner Road Vintners to Woodbridge, primarily, and to other sites.” The company said they will … Continue reading “CONSTELLAION CONSOLIDATES BOTTLING OPERATIONS”

Former Wine.com chairman Chris Kitze and former CEO Peter Ekman and George Garrick are suing New York VC firm Baker Capital for offering an enticing buyout in order to cheaply profit off the troubled internet publication. According to a Dow Jones Newswire, Wine.com claims Baker Capital “forced the company to decline a purchase offer from … Continue reading “WINE.COM FILES SUIT AGAINST BAKER CAPITAL”

The Wine Market Council released a consumer study that shows younger wine drinkers are more comfortable with wine and drink it more frequently than older Baby Boomers. The study divided American wine drinkers into three segments: Boomers (41-59), Generation X (29-40), and Millennials (18-28). All three group are drinking more wine than ever but the … Continue reading “MILLENNIALS ARE DRINKING MORE WINE THAN ANY OTHER DEMOGRAPHIC”

Nick Dokoozlian, VP for viticulture at E&J Gallo Winery, stressed the importance of mandatory research and development procedures for United States wine-growers Tuesday at the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium. “We have numerous funding organizations, but the contribution is voluntary,” said Nick. “We need to make that funding process more vigorous.” He believes that by … Continue reading “US WINE EXECUTIVE CALLS FOR MORE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT”

The 2004-2005 Australian grape crush reached a new height, trumping the previous year’s record levels. The Australian Bureau of Statistics showed that 1,925,490 tonnes of grapes were crushed in 2004-05 which is 8,252 tonnes higher that 2003-04. This means that 1,422.8 million litres of wine will be produced on the island, an increase of 1.3%, … Continue reading “RECORD OUTPUT FOR AUSSIE WINERIES”

Ok, maybe “rampant” is not the right word. But Wine Spectator’s Daniel Sogg reported that New Zealand’s Central Otago region farmers have a reason to scratch their heads following a recent infestation of the destructive root louse phylloxera. This is the second outbreak in Central Otago and serves as “as bit of a wake-up call … Continue reading “INFESTATIONS RAMPANT IN CENTRAL OTAGO”

Sleeman Breweries, the third largest in Canada, warned that 2005 profits may not be up to what they originally projected, blaming the difference on competitive pricing. They initially thought earnings per share would fall somewhere in the $0.81 to $0.85 range but now expect it to be between $0.60 and $0.64. “The industry experienced compressed … Continue reading “SLEEMAN RETRACTS EARLIER PRICING PROJECTIONS”

Johnnie Walker was voted 2005 Distiller of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine yesterday. “This award comes at a notable time in Johnnie Walker’s history as we are currently celebrating the 200th birthday of the original blender and founder John Walker,” said Chris Parsons, vice president of marketing, Scotch, Diageo North America. You are unauthorized … Continue reading “JOHNNIE’S WALKING HIGH.”

The SWA (Scottish Whiskey Association) has recently appointed Richard Burrows and Diageo’s chief Paul Walsh to join their board. Richard, who formerly served as joint director-general at Pernod, will succeed Ian Good as chairman. He believes that, “With companies of all sizes investing in the category and growing exports of both malts and blends worldwide, … Continue reading “SPIRITS INDUSTRY GREATS UNITE ON WHISKEY”