Wine support lacking on Thanksgiving

Wine support lacking on Thanksgiving

Thursday November 24 is Thanksgiving Day in the US, when people come together to give thanks for the harvest. Pennsylvania-based wine writer Paul Vigna asked several local merchants what wines they would recommend to go with the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Out of the 10 recommendations, six were French, one Italian, one Austrian, one Australian and only […]

WFA AGM & Ambassadors pride in Australia

WFA AGM & Ambassadors pride in Australia

I note the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) annual general meeting (AGM) is coming up (November 15). Part of the proceedings will be the announcement of the appointment of WFA president and directors for 2016-17. President since 2012 has been Mr Tony D’Aloisio AM. Will he be reappointed? And does he want to be reappointed? […]

Disproportion in wealth & Dan Murphy’s

Disproportion in wealth & Dan Murphy’s

Editor’s note

The editor’s note from The Conversation, August 9:

“Australia as a whole has become wealthier in recent decades, but this has also come with a marked increase in wealth inequality. With the poorest 40 per cent of the population effectively having no wealth at all, and the top 1 per cent having at least 15 per cent of the nation’s wealth.”

This reminded me of walking into my local Dan Murphy’s. A huge section of the store – maybe 40 per cent, maybe not as much – is taken up with wines that are economically priced. There is a lot of talk about trading up, single sites, premium and icon wines, but at the end of the day there is more than enough fine wine for the 1 per cent, and more than enough cheap wine for the 40 per cent, providing they have enough spare cash to buy it.

Radio star

A report on Radio National’s breakfast show by Cathy Van Extel on August 9 was titled,“Australian wine industry questions integrity of wine ratings”.

The lead:

“In an increasingly competitive wine market, retailers and producers are heavily promoting ratings from wine critics in an effort to influence consumers. But there’s growing concern within the industry about the integrity of these wine scores.”

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Interesting reader exchanges

Interesting reader exchanges

I’ve had some interesting exchanges with readers this past week, and even with a non-reader. I have been trying to ascertain who wants to sponsor TKR. When I sent out the original outline for the new-format TKR, many responded “yes” or “no” to sponsorship, with or without an advert or listing. Needless to say, my […]

E-mail from Tony D’Aloisio

E-mail from Tony D’Aloisio

Statements from the WFA, Corrina Wright and Frankland Tate After weeks of urging the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) to make a statement about the wine equalisation tax (WET) and what might define a winery, I received an email from WFA president Tony D’Aloisio: “In this week’s Key Report [June 16] you run a headline […]

WET and the WFA inspire comments

WET and the WFA inspire comments

My remarks last week on the wine equalisation tax (WET) situation and the role of the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) inspired a string of comments, which can be seen here  The first response came from Andrew Wilsmore, head of risk and reputation, Endeavour Drinks Group (Woolworths). He argues there are plenty of licensed premises […]

WET reforms are proving weak as water

WET reforms are proving weak as water

WET, weak as water: Its treading water time as far as WET is concerned. The Winemakers Federation is issuing soothing words saying all will be sorted but many wine producers are concerned, they fear the reduction will drive them out of business. We present some of the concerns in the Australian Wine News sector. Queen […]