ACNielsen reported that wine sales increased 10.2% in the 13 weeks ending September 24, 2005. While the three most popular varietals remain in tact – Chardonnay as the most popular, Merlot coming in second, and Cabernet Sauvignon remaining last – there are some surprising developments. Chardonnay and Cabernet sales both rose by 7.8% and 13.7%, … Continue reading “MERLOT SHOWS DECLINE IN POPULARITY”

Jim Beam Brands has officially changed its name to “Beam Global Spirits & Wine” and will make a formal announcement on Monday. The change was due partly to their $5 billion acquisition of premium liquor brands including Sauza tequila, Courvoisier Cognac, Canadian Club whiskey, and a range of new wines that came from the Allied … Continue reading “A NEW ALIAS FOR JIM BEAM”

The Wine Institute is urging California vintners to connect their wine to the “California message.” This means focusing on California’s scenery, lifestyle and food, and projecting the already “positive impressions that Americans have of California.” Surfing anyone? “We are asking wineries to always begin their wine conversations with a few words about what makes California … Continue reading “WISH THEY ALL COULD BE CALIFORNIA WINES”

The New Zealand Wine Company has made a profit of A$413,000 for the half year to December, a 4.1% increase from last year. Chairman Mark Peters said the growth is mostly due to a 9.8% rise in gross revenue to A$4.62 million. Mark says, “Such volume of sales, even despite the high dollar levels, have … Continue reading “NEW ZEALAND WINE CO. POSTS HIGH VOLUME SALES”

Today’s direct delivery query comes from Kansas where fledgling wineries fight to skip the use of wholesalers and ship directly to customers or retail shops. In the past three years, the number of wineries have grown from 7 to 16 and “has the potential to be a major contributor to the state agritourism and value-added … Continue reading “TOTO, NO DIRECT DELIVERY IN KANSAS ANYMORE”

Despite Australia’s enormous wine success, vintners claim that supply is much higher than demand and more than one billion liters of wine are sitting untouched in storage. Consequently, prices are shifting downwards, and wine-makers demand that the government hold an urgent meeting to help solve the problem. As reported by ABC News Online, the growers’ … Continue reading “AUSTRALIAN GRAPE GLUT CAUSING CRISIS”

French champagne producer Vranken-Pommery Monopole has done well for themselves in 2005. Sales increased 10.1% from 2004, leading the company to a full-year consolidated turnover rise of EUR250.5 million. Last year’s turnover was EUR227.5 million. You are unauthorized to view this page. Username Password Remember Me     Forgot Password

According to Paula Pou of “Wine Spectator,” Bacardi Imports has launched its own 24-hour radio music station. The station can be viewed at where web surfers can see Bacardi TV spots, event footage, photo galleries, recipes, and new downloads. Also, listeners will be able to play music from their computers at any time and … Continue reading “BACARDI INCREASES AWARENESS ONLINE”

Distributors and winemakers are hashing it out in Illinois. A bill backed by the Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois would keep Illinois wineries from selling their products online, through the mail or over the phone, and winemakers don’t like it. Bill Olson, VP of ABDI, believes Illinois wineries are using a loophole to avoid regulation. … Continue reading “BOTTLE CAP VS. CORK IN ILLINOIS”

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”