Dear Client: “We’re on offense in all of our businesses,” said Fortune Brands chief Bruce Carbonari. Beam Global reported higher total sales in the fourth quarter, with gains from Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark, and high single digit gains in Moen. Beam says that total spirits sales in the US are flat to up 1% … Continue reading “Fortune on the Offense”

Surprisingly, Germany is growing rapidly as a wine importer in the United States. With a volume increase of 30% in the last year, Germany far outstripped France, Australia (10%), and Italy’s (9%) growth rate. Wine-drinkers are rediscovering Germany’s Rieslings and no longer associate them with the sweet-tasting stereotype that many assume German wine to be. … Continue reading “GERMANY IS THE FASTEST GROWING WINE IMPORT”

Although Florida terminated their ban on direct wine delivery, the heavily regulated and confusing procedures prevent many wineries from exporting their product into the state. It’s not an overnight process. It takes time for small wineries to update their webpage, alert staff, and become familiar with each state’s various laws. As of now, Florida’s rules … Continue reading “DIRECT DELIVERY: IT’S LEGAL BUT IT’S TAKING FOREVER”

Argentina is the up and coming wine export worldwide. In 2005 the South American country exported almost $400 million in wines and grape juice to over 70 countries, up from $305 million in 2004. Although Australia, France, the U.S. and Chili produce far more than Argentina, the fledgling wine country has invested more than $1.5 … Continue reading “IS ARGENTINA TO BECOME THE NEW AUSTRALIA?”

The Advertiser reported that Australia’s annual wine exports are expected to strongly increase to 1.3 billion liters worth $4.89 billion for 2010-2011. The forecast for the current fiscal year is 749 million liters and $2.9 billion. However, prices are expected to fall despite growing demand due to wine abundance in other countries and waning demand … Continue reading “AUSTRALIAN WINE LIKELY TO EXPERIENCE PRICE DECREASES IN THE FUTURE”

Pernod Ricard announced today that Republic Beverage Company will distribute the wine and spirits giant’s full line of alcohol in Texas and Louisiana in addition to their current run in Oklahoma, Alabama and Mississippi. Southern Wine & Spirits was selected to distribute Pernod’s products in Arizona. Alain Barbet, COO, Pernod Ricard USA, said, “Our strengthened … Continue reading “CH-CH-CHANGES FOR PERNOD RICARD”

A recent study carried out by Napa-based Balzac Communications shows that 94%, or 9 out of 10, consumers think non-cork closures often depreciate a bottle of wine. The 20-question survey was issued to members of the U.S. wine trade which includes restaurateurs, retailers, wine buyers at nationwide hotels and the wine media. There were 327 … Continue reading “CORKS ARE STILL HOT FOR WINE”

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, “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 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, claims Baker Capital “forced the company to decline a purchase offer from … Continue reading “WINE.COM FILES SUIT AGAINST BAKER CAPITAL”