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 […]

Tax reduction is possible and Elvis lives

Tax reduction is possible and Elvis lives

Taxing times Interesting news from the US Beer Institute, which says 51 US senators support a bill to lower federal taxation on beer and other alcoholic drinks. The Craft Beverage Modernisation and Tax Reform Act of 2015 (S. 1562) would: Lower the federal excise tax to $3.50 per barrel on the first 60,000 barrels for […]

The common people find wine, bless

The common people find wine, bless

The common touch From an article in the China Daily: “Dave Yip, a Hong Kong citizen in his 30s, started to import wine to Shenzhen in Guangdong province by the end of 2014. The volume of his imports in 2015 was about 20 containers. “He said drinking wine is becoming a fad among commoners. The […]

Hot air, Virginia is for lovers, Penfolds and politics

Hot air, Virginia is for lovers, Penfolds and politics

Winds of change An article in The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Mitchell Taylor, managing director of Taylors Wines, on wine taxation. Apparently Australia is “still the highest taxed wind-producing country in the world.  For us to go into the global economy and compete, we really do need government to support us.” Always a lot of […]

Chardonnay top’s, Ausies storming New York

Chardonnay top’s, Ausies storming New York

Still favourite Chardonnay remains the big favourite in the US. The 2015 vintage report for California shows it represented 16.4 per cent of all grapes crushed. In off-sales it represented 21 per cent of all wines sold. Cabernet sauvignon was in second place with 14 per cent of off-sales. Aussie eats in the Big Apple […]

Lidi rejects Australia

Lidi rejects Australia

Lidi out: According to an article on the Starts at 60 website Lidi the large German competitor to Aldi will not be opening in Australia. If true it leaves the way clear for Aldi. No doubt Coles and Woolworths are pleased not to have another discounter pulling prices hence profits lower. The reason given in […]

Bleeding heart, bleeding cheat the consumer

Bleeding heart, bleeding cheat the consumer

Heart in the wrong place Below is an email from Liquormart received on July 29. Note the heading: “McLaren Vale Bleeding Heart”, followed by “2013 Cabernet Sauvignon”. Ignore the price but turn your attention to the bottle shot. Note the label says “Australia cabernet sauvignon”. The year is 2015, not 2013, and the region is […]

Ill wind & rain sweeps through French vineyards

Ill wind & rain sweeps through French vineyards

Under the weather France may be our competition in markets around the world but it’s sad to see inclement weather hitting several French regions and depleting the coming vintage. Overall it’s predicted the vintage will be down about 8 per cent. Champagne looks to have been badly hit, with estimates saying it will be about […]

Drink less for Budda, French fine, Coles deliver

Drink less for Budda, French fine, Coles deliver

Bow to Buddha The Thai Government is asking people to refrain from drinking alcohol during Vassa, which is often referred to as the Buddhist Lent period. Vassa lasts for three lunar months, usually from July to October. There’s more than religion behind this. Sansern Kaewkamnerd, a government spokesman, was reported in the Thai Visa News on […]

Treasury Wine Estates class action, NZ twaddle

Treasury Wine Estates class action, NZ twaddle

Saving treasure Good news Treasury Wine Estates has fought off one of the two class action lawsuits filed against the winemaker after a $160 million write down and profit warning three years ago. The Federal Court ruled the actions brought by litigator Mark Elliott (Melbourne City Investments) was an abuse of the court process. The […]

Canada tax, Prosecco USA, Poor New York selection

Canada tax, Prosecco USA, Poor New York selection

Canada dry 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. Sparkling USA Prosecco sales in […]

Scotland tough on alcohol, Green tick for J C

Scotland tough on alcohol, Green tick for J C

Trouble in Scotland According to reports from the UK, the Scottish Government is considering a scheme for a collective national annual limit for alcohol consumption. This could mean trouble for publicans, as each licence would have to declare its sales. It could also mean licensing boards setting sales limits in areas they control. If it […]

Homage to Grange, pistols at dawn and faux wine

Homage to Grange, pistols at dawn and faux wine

Great comment The Drinks Business, on May 31, ran an interview with Jean-Guillaume Prats, the head of Moët Hennessy’s wine division, covering the release of Ao Yun, the company’s Chinese cabernet sauvignon-dominant wine produced in the Tibetan foothills. Prats said: “My dream is that it’s a new Grange Hermitage… a wine that’s been created with […]

WET, upset, Beer and ciggies cost

WET, upset, Beer and ciggies cost

Wakey, wakey It’s taking time but more wine folk are waking up to the fact that the long loud call to government to change the WET system has backfired. This week an article appeared in The Canberra Times outlining the discontent of Frank van de Loo (Mount Majura Vineyard) and Ken Helm (Helms Wines) to the […]

Cheap global beer, Aus beer not doing well

Cheap global beer, Aus beer not doing well

Cheap drunk From the Wales Online website we get the best value beers around the world. The original article also included hamburgers, but we spare you the full chunder chuck: Disappointing Australia didn’t fare well in this year’s World Beer Cup. We entered 111 brews but only got one gold and one silver. Only 1.8 […]

Coffee, beer, wine and closures

Coffee, beer, wine and closures

Flat white and a red, please According to recent research, UK consumers want coffee shops to sell beer. Not any bland brand beer, but craft beers. Apparently, there were 20,728 coffee shops in the UK in 2015, expected to grow to 30,000 this year. Quality coffee, good brews and hopefully small, interesting selections of wines […]

Want more pay less, Italy booming

Want more pay less, Italy booming

Can’t have both The European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) has carried out a poll in Germany, Spain, Poland and the UK involving more than 5000 people. It reveals a conundrum: 91 per cent surveyed think food should remain affordable, but only 54 per cent think farmers should be able to use pesticides to keep prices […]

Brits sparkling news, wine from sky vineyard

Brits sparkling news, wine from sky vineyard

Sparkling news: The Brits are cock-a-hoop about a recent challenge, champagne vs English sparkling wine. The tasting took place in Paris and the reported results were as follows: 2009 Ridgeview, Bloomsbury, Sussex, England (£28) vs NV Jacquesson, Cuvée No. 78 NV (£38) The 14 judges were asked which wine they preferred. It was a 7-7 […]

Europe quibbling, Trader Joes and Holy Wine

Europe quibbling, Trader Joes and Holy Wine

It’s a worry: Matteo Renzi, the Italian Prime Minister, says Italian wines are the world’s best, better than those from France. French President Francois Hollande responds by saying French wines get higher prices, which must show they are better. With all the problems in Europe, there two are quibbling about wine. It’s a worry. Off […]

Oregon wine in London, smart Aldi, Indian tucker

Oregon wine in London, smart Aldi, Indian tucker

Why there: Burgundy negociant Louis Jadot has released an Oregon pinot noir. It’s the first non-French wine that the company has produced. Called Résonance, it was shown to UK media and trade this past week. The retail price is said to be £48 ($89), so it’s not cheap, and production is small. The question: why […]

Sediment settles Yarra Valley

Sediment settles Yarra Valley

Movement in the Yarra: Brown Brothers has agreed to purchase the Innocent Bystander brand from Giant Steps and De Bortoli has bought the 18-hectare Lusatia Park vineyard at Woori Yallock from Stephen Shelmerdine. Flyin’ wine: An interesting article appeared in The Malta Independent on April 3 on the Emirates Airline wine program. Some stats from the article: […]

Arsenic, Little guy beats Champagne, Smuggling

Arsenic, Little guy beats Champagne, Smuggling

Sense at last Good news, the lawsuit claiming that some Californian wines had dangerously high levels of arsenic has been dismissed. However, it may not be completely over, as the judge gave the plaintiffs leave to appeal. One for the little guy After a two-year battle with the moguls of Champagne, an English sparkling ale producer […]