UST’s subsidiary International Wine & Spirits Ltd. announced their 1st quarter earnings today showing a 9.1% increase in wine sales and an 8.3% rise in premium case sales. During the quarter, the company announced that through its own subsidiary, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, they reached an agreement to form a partnership with the Antinori family … Continue reading “INTERNATIONAL WINE & SPIRITS 1ST QUARTER RESULTS”

French wine imports have slowly gone done in the past couple of years, but a new study conducted by two Stanford economists suggests political reasoning could be at the root. In response to France’s opposition to the war in Iraq, many Americans boycotted French wine which may have cost millions in sales. Weekly sales of … Continue reading “FREEDOM FRIES AND FRENCHIE WINE”

Gov. Robert Ehrlich of Maryland said late last week that he plans to sign two bills: one that will allow in-state and out-of-state wineries producing up to 27,500 gallons to sell directly to restaurants and retailers, and the other that would allow restaurant goers to take home leftover wine. Proponents of the corked wine law … Continue reading “TAKE HOME WINE IN THE “OLD LINE STATE.””

As is often discussed and widely reported, wine is growing more and more popular in the U.S. especially with younger, but legal, generations. Millennials are toting wine to parties more frequently than older adults since many of them grew up with wine-drinking, baby boomer parents, making them more willing to sample different varietals and foreign … Continue reading “DO DRINKERS KNOW SOMETHING EVERYONE ELSE DOESN’T?”

Colorado Gov. Bill Owens authorized consumers to make telephone and online wine shipment orders beginning July 1 by signing HB 1120 into a law. Wineries cannot, however, sell directly to retail stores or restaurants. Both in-state and out-of-state wineries must pay a $50 fee before they can ship to Colorado residents, but consumers are allowed … Continue reading “COLORADO GOVERNOR SANCTIONS DIRECT DELIVERY”

As a result of Australia’s ever increasing presence in the wine industry, Diageo is launching a new Australian Shiraz entitled Archetype that comes from the Barossa region. “Many consumers have been introduced to wines from Australian under $10. While many of these brands are taking advantage of an oversupply of grapes in Australia, we wanted … Continue reading “WORKING AGAINST THE GRAPE CRUSH”

Twin Fin is putting forth a new packaging innovation, The Beach Cruiser, which is a 4-Pack 187 ml bottles with a “fun image” and “exciting new face.” The package will be available in restaurants this April for $9.99. “The Beach Cruiser offers a way to inject a dose of fun into thetraditional 187ml market,” says … Continue reading “A NEW SPIN ON TWIN FIN”

The state of Michigan has reportedly settled with a majority of the lawyers that helped overturn the state’s ban on direct wine shipments. The $150,000 agreement went towards former independent counsel Kenneth Starr’s law firm although the firm originally asked for $329,000. On top of settling with Kirkland and Ellis, Michigan is fighting against $1.2 … Continue reading “MICHIGAN REACHES A SETTLEMENT”

Shipping companies’ from across the pond are sniffing out opportunities thanks to all the new direct delivery legislation going on at home. Europe’s largest mail order wine company, Mellésima, is making a move to the United States. “The US is undoubtedly the leading market for fine wines, with consumption growing annually,” Patrick Bernard, managing director … Continue reading “EUROPEAN WINE SYSTEMS MOVING IN”

Australian wine company Evans & Tate has put their Oakridge vineyard up for sale so they may focus on their premium wine business in order to grow sales. John Hopkins, E & T chairman, stated, “Evans & Tate’s roots and competitive strengths are in the premium wine sector. While Oakridge wines are of exceptional quality, … Continue reading “EVAN & TATE SHED ANOTHER WINERY”

Oklahoma’s House Joint Resolution 1055 that proposed to open the state’s wine trade to all in-state and out-of-state vineyards recently died on the floor. SJR 41 had a similar fate. As of now, the wholesalers’ lawsuit is still pending and wineries “do not have any live bills to give us consumer shipping,” according to Free … Continue reading “OKLAHOMA WINERIES WITHOUT A BILL”

Brown-Forman announced today that Sandra Frazier, Martin S. Brown, Jr., and George Garvin Brown IV were elected to join the Board of Directors. All three individuals are fifth generation descendants of George Garvin Brown, the founder of the company, and are the first members of the family’s fifth generation to join the board, effective May … Continue reading “NEW BROWNS TO JOIN THE BOARD”

Ohio wholesalers and winemakers are still bargaining over direct shipment. The staff of the Federal Trade Commission’s three bureaus – Competition, Consumer Protection, and Economics – filed a comment yesterday with the Ohio State Senator Eric Fingerhut, citing their support for SB 179, a proposal that would legalize direct shipping inside and outside of the … Continue reading “DIRECT SHIPPING IN OHIO HAS THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION’S SUPPORT”

According to a DISCUS press release, a New Jersey state proposal to raise taxes on distilled spirits, beer and wine will cost the state more than $50 million in lost business and an estimated 850 hospitality jobs. NJ Gov. Jon Corzine’s proposed budget would increase the excise taxes on spirits, wine and beer by 1% … Continue reading “DISCUS SPEAKING OUT AGAINST ALCOHOL PROPOSAL IN NEW JERSEY”

Whether it’s true or not, Australia is known for leading the New World wine industry in innovation. And with today’s winemakers moving towards cutesy labels, wacky names and non-traditional bottle closures, nothing seems surprising, so pop your synthetic cork and take a swig because one Australian company is test-marketing plastic wine bottles. Fosters Wine Estates … Continue reading “PLASTIC WINE BOTTLES, THE UNBREAKABLE CONTAINER”