Heineken & Champagne blame Brexit

Heineken & Champagne blame Brexit

Heineken exit, blame Brexit It’s being reported Tesco is reducing its 53 Heineken SKUs to 22. The reason suggested is that Heineken is raising prices by about 6p (10 cents) a pint. Apparently, it’s all down to Brexit and the fall in value of sterling. The UK Wine and Spirit Trade Association forecasts Brexit will […]

Treasury Wine Estates French adventure

Treasury Wine Estates French adventure

Spreading the treasure Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has announced it will launch a range of French wines targeted at the Chinese and general Asian market. It is certainly spreading the treasure. TWE is not giving anything away but has created plenty of speculation. Media reports say the range will consist of red wines from Bordeaux, […]

Aldi scores highly in wine reviews

Aldi scores highly in wine reviews

Aldi reviews Christmas is an expensive time and many expensive bottles of wine are bought as gifts for father, who often feels compelled to share them with his idiot brother-in-law because he happened to be there when the presents were opened. Then there is the other idiot brother-in-law who says all wine drinkers are nobs […]

Champagne and sparkling wines in review

Champagne and sparkling wines in review

Champagne & sparkling wine In the past I have kept champagne reviews separate from sparkling wine reviews. I think the time has come to remove the barrier as so many Australian sparkling wines have advanced to the stage where they can challenge classic champagne. What hasn’t been achieved is reputation. A bottle of champagne has […]

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 […]

UK Climate change, Constellation Brands, India

UK Climate change, Constellation Brands, India

Burst the bubble A recent report, Impact of recent climate change and weather variability on the viability of UK viticulture – combining weather and climate records with producers’ perspectives, by A Nesbitt, B Kemp, C Steele, A Lovett and S Dorling, from the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, England, might burst […]

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 […]