Pernod Ricard Mezcal, tennis & grog, posh wine

Pernod Ricard Mezcal, tennis & grog, posh wine

Prickly investment A report in The New York Times 7 June says Pernod Ricard (PR) has bought a majority stake in Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal. Mezcal is distilled from any type of agave plant native to Mexico, unlike tequila, which comes only from blue agave. Del Maguey makes a great deal of its single-village […]

Congratulations TWE a very neat move

Congratulations TWE a very neat move

Very neat A very neat move by Treasury Wine Estates (TWE): it has struck a deal in the UK to become the official wine sponsor at the London Craft Beer Festival in August. TWE is promoting two brands at the Festival: the 19 Crimes and Gentleman’s Collection portfolios will be served. The reasoning is that […]

Tesco Chinese takeaway

Tesco Chinese takeaway

Takeaway UK supermarket Tesco has joined rival Sainsbury’s in stocking a Chinese wine. Château Changyu Moser XV Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 is on Tesco shelves at £7 bottle ($12.10) for the hordes to take away. It’s going into 700 stores. If each one sells a case a week, well, do the math…

Wine writers need to separate fact from fiction

Wine writers need to separate fact from fiction

Fact or fiction Wine is not difficult to write about. After all, it’s mostly opinion. Opinion is fine, if at times tedious to read, but when wine writers mix fact with fiction, TKR thinks they are on dangerous ground. They should, if they want to be journalists, carry out fact checking and do more detailed […]

France upset with Spanish wine looking French

France upset with Spanish wine looking French

France vs Spain  The winemakers of the southern French region of Montpellier are again up in arms about Spanish wine imports. According to the union, French consumers are being conned by Spanish wine dressed to look French on supermarket shelves.  It’s really down to the supermarket buyers who import the wine and retail it. All […]

The good guys Casella lift dinner time

The good guys Casella lift dinner time

Wheel it in  A feel-good story from Cootamundra Meals on Wheels. Cootamundra is a small town (population 5600) in the Riverina. Casella, which is possibly larger than the town, has donated piccolos (187ml) of Yellow Tail sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and shiraz to go with the meals.  It’s not a one-off. Casella says it’s for an […]

Brown empire ever expanding, TWE truly global

Brown empire ever expanding, TWE truly global

Browns branch out It’s been announced this past week that the branch of the Brown family (Eliza, Angela and Nicholas Brown, fourth generation) that owns the All Saints and St Leonards wine brands, plus tasting venues, restaurant, wine bar etc in Rutherglen, has acquired the National Trust classified Mount Ophir winery. Mount Ophir is a […]

Californian girls scrap tax on pads put it on alcohol

Californian girls scrap tax on pads put it on alcohol

Go Girls TKR fully supports Californian Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, who is not impressed with Governor Jerry Brown’s veto of legislation that would have eliminated sales tax on feminine hygiene products.  Brown’s argument was the Californian budget really couldn’t afford to lose the estimated US$300 million feminine hygiene products contribute to the state coffers. Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia […]

Brit’s poor buggers served Bud Light

Brit’s poor buggers served Bud Light

Poor buggers Suffer the Brits, poor buggers. From The Drinks Business, 24 February: “InBev is bringing Bud Light to Britain tomorrow in ‘the biggest ever brand launch’ by the brewer.” The article says there is a demand in the UK for a beer that has a lighter taste. Light? Any taste in Bud Light would […]

Delisting Trump wines disaster, Chinese back door

Delisting Trump wines disaster, Chinese back door

Trump triumphs In last week’s news the National Organisation for Women was putting pressure on Wegmans supermarket to delist wines made at the Trump winery. The publicity has had the effect of the wines selling out in some stores. Hard to convince the buyers at Wegmans to scrap the range if it’s making money on […]

Supermarket badgered to delist Trump wines

Supermarket badgered to delist Trump wines

Trumping Donald Abha Bhattarai, writing in The Washington Post on 14 February, covers the American consumer rebellion against Donald Trump being President of the US. Wegmans is a regional supermarket chain with more than 90 stores in six states including New York and Virginia. The Prince William County chapter of the National Organisation for Women […]

Top 25 USA supermarkets, Chinese wine in UK

Top 25 USA supermarkets, Chinese wine in UK

Super performers Top 25 USA supermarket, Chinese wine in UK The Daily Meal (US) has published its list of top American supermarkets for 2017. The top 25 are listed below. Some are national while others only cover a part of the country. 1 Whole Foods Market 10 New Seasons Market 19 Stop & Shop 2 […]

Chinese love liquid cake, wine beware

Chinese love liquid cake, wine beware

Have cake and drink it: Forget Wine. China’s Booze Market Is All About ‘Liquid Cake’ is the heading to an article by Adam Haigh, Bloomberg, 18 January Haigh reports on the growth of Yellow rice wine, sometimes known as liquid cake. It is the fastest growing mass-market alcoholic drink in China, with sales volume estimated […]

Jackson Wine Estate, Italy, Irish whiskey

Jackson Wine Estate, Italy, Irish whiskey

Banking on pinot Barbara Banke, chairman and proprietor of Jackson Family Estates, is, or recently has been, in Australia. The principal reason for the visit was to attend horse sales in Queensland. She did mention in an interview she had also been looking at sites in Victoria and Tasmania suitable for growing pinot noir. Jackson […]

Iceland tax and cows

Iceland tax and cows

Tax and cows This is one for Christmas trivia: in which country can you combine alcohol tax and cows? The answer is Iceland, which is planning to increase tax on alcohol by 4.7 per cent in the new year. Iceland’s alcohol tax is the highest in Europe. A bottle of vodka in Iceland costs 7300 […]

Donkey cheese hits London, Aldi increases prices

Donkey cheese hits London, Aldi increases prices

Kick-ass cheese Dear old Dobbin the donkey has been upgraded. She is now the source for a pedigree cheese. Donkey cheese has arrived in London, made at just one farm in the Zasavica Nature Reserve, Serbia. It’s called Pule and costs £880 a kilo. Its selling points include being high in protein, calcium and omega […]

Consternation Brands and US Surgeon General

Consternation Brands and US Surgeon General

Constellation shines bright Constellation Brands is doing very well. Its board has authorised a new share repurchase program of up to US$1 billion ($1.35 billion) of the company’s common stock to be utilised over time. It already has a US$1 billion program underway, so adding another should make those shareholders intending to stay long term […]

UK supermarket Christmas scrap started

UK supermarket Christmas scrap started

Supermarket scrap on The Christmas supermarket scrap is on in the UK. Tesco had on offer from November 10 to 12 for Louis Delaunay Champagne at just £9 ($14.64). The price was reduced from £16, and it was available in 800 stores, so there had to be several containers available. Aldi has its Veuve Monsigny […]

Kirin owned Lion Australia selling wine diversion

Kirin owned Lion Australia selling wine diversion

Old news It was several weeks ago around the beginning of September TKR suggested Lion were looking to off-load their Australian wine assets. From The Financial Review 10 November Street talk section “Champ Private Equity-owned Accolade Wines is in final stage talks to buy beverage giant Lion’s Australian wine portfolio, sources told Street Talk on […]

Millennial shopping, Tesco rising & hot news

Millennial shopping, Tesco rising & hot news

Millennials flash the cash Nielsen Homescan (UK) research has concluded that millennial-led households are the fastest-growing spenders on grocery shopping, which includes wine. They are also held responsible for the growth of discounters such as Aldi and Lidl. The overall grocery spend in Britain increased 2.7 per cent year-on-year.  In households in which someone aged […]

Up market wine casks going great in USA

Up market wine casks going great in USA

Boxing clever Why is Australia, the inventor of bag in box wine, not capitalising on the fad for boxed wine in the US? Is it some form of snobbery, or embarrassment over the product? TKR has no idea and welcomes comment, but we note this from Shanken Daily News on October 26: “Bota Box, the […]

California wines plan to increase UK sales

California wines plan to increase UK sales

Defiant Despite closing their UK office earlier this year the California Wine Institute is defiant it will not affect trade. They have plans to increase sales in the UK 30 per cent. Last year’ the UK accounted for around 25 per cent in volume of all Californian wine exports. The value was around US$284 million […]