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 to be sold from 4pm. Is this the future? If so, sounds good.

Cap it

Jancis Robinson, writing in the Financial Times on May 6: “In the past three months I have tasted more than 100 of the most famous 2006 red Bordeaux, many twice. So what are they like?”

She continues the article, writing about the best of them, but note this:

“Le Pin was obviously superior but our bottle of the equally luxurious Petrus, alas, was oxidised. (At Petrus prices, back-up bottles are an unaffordable luxury.)”

“We were blighted by a cork-tainted bottle of Latour.”

It’s an argument for cap over cork, but the majority of consumers around the world believe in cork.

France 1 Australia 0

An interview in Shanken News Daily on May 10 with Curtis Mann, director, wine, beer and spirits, at California-based retailer Raley’s (122 stores in northern California and Nevada and annual sales of about $3.5 billion) contained this:

SND: What trends are you seeing in the wine category?

Mann: We’re seeing a dramatic increase in French wine sales, with growth even in northern California, driven by our younger customers. Wines from the southern Rhone, Burgundy and Alsace are all doing quite well. We’re even building a Bordeaux selection, which is something we haven’t had in the past. And we’re in the process of building a private-label program.

Not a mention of Australian wines.

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