In Canada KPMG has released a 185-page report commissioned by the City of Toronto on how the city could raise taxes. The report has suggested C$3.9 billion ($4.04 billion) of possible new taxes.
No surprise, alcohol is looked at as a revenue raiser. More possible pain for wine.
Prosecco sales in the US continue to soar. Figures published in Shanken Daily News from Impact Databank say the style grew 22.6 per cent in 2015, passing the 4 million case mark. The Shanken report said: “Less than a decade ago, prosecco was essentially an afterthought in the US market.”
Leading brands are La Marca, Mionetto, Cupcake, Zonin, Lunetta and Ruffino. The down side is price. Prosecco has become trapped in the US$10 to US$15 sector. It’s not a bad place to be but producers are finding it hard to break the US$15 barrier.
“Paris has been confirmed as the booziest city in the world, with more wine drunk in the City of Light than in any other.”
According to a report in The Drinks Business on June 23. Unfortunately, the article isn’t complete and we couldn’t track down the original research, but apparently:
- Paris: 690 million bottles of wine annually (per capita, citizens aged 15 or over, 52 litres)
- Buenos Aires: 457 million bottles (32 litres per capita)
- Ruhr, Germany: (listed as no.3 but no figures given in the article)
- London: 369 million bottles annually (no per capita figures)
- New York: 301 million bottles (12 litres)
The following cities were also included in the article:
- Milan: 301 million bottles
- Los Angeles: 241 million bottles
- Naples: 188 million bottles
- Madrid: 181 million bottles
- Rome: 177 million bottles
21 needs a new deck
Below is the Australian wine selection available at the restaurant 21 in New York City. Overall, the wine list is a major work, comprising 1450 selections, drawn from a cellar holding 20,000 bottles, but is this the best they can find from Australia? True, 21 prides itself on the French selection, which is fantastic, but the Australian selection looks like it’s been thrown together, not selected with skill, thought or passion.
Let’s be clear, I’m not saying these wines are not good wines, but is it the best mix of wines? Also, I just happened on the 21 site from another site, so am not picking on the famous restaurant for any reason whatsoever.
Surely the days have passed when big was best. Where is the art of putting a great wine list together? There is plenty to debate on this issue, so please contribute if you want. The TKR take on the ‘21’ Australian selection:
The six white wines (well, five white and a rosé) include three chardonnays and two rieslings. The chardonnays are from Margaret River and are good, though I’m not sure how the 2007 is holding up. The two rieslings are fine Rieslings, and the rosé is fine too. But where is Australian Hunter semillon or something else more interesting?
The reds are dominated by shiraz from the Barossa Valley, and in my view at least four of them are not food friendly. There is so much more that Australia can provide. It’s a pity that such a famous restaurant with a noted wine list has not, it appears, fully researched the range on offer.