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 premium boxed wine that’s been an Impact ‘Hot Brand’ for eight years running, appears headed for a ninth consecutive award amid its strong gains in 2016. With two months still left in the year, Bota Box recently surpassed the 4 million case mark, according to its owner, Delicato Family Vineyards. The brand sold 3.9 million cases on 28 per cent growth in 2015, according to Impact Databank. The DFV brand’s yearly sales have jumped by nearly 3 million cases over the past five years.

“Bota Box’s rapid rise is continuing this year. For the year to date through October 2, the brand (which generally retails for around $18-$20 a three-litre box) was up by 32 per cent to nearly 1.5 million cases in IRI channels.” 

Who cares?

There has been a lot of publicity for a French study this past week, most stories headed along the lines of: “There’s actually a reason that wine tastes better with cheese.”

Reason? Who needs reason? It’s been known for centuries. What proof is needed? Can wine ever be separated from idiot theories?  Can it not be accepted for what it is, a life lubricant that gives a lot of pleasure and in some cases in can cause harm. The good outweighs the bad and at the end of the day a glass of wine with or without any sort of food is an enjoyable experience.

Spot the Australian!

Nick Passmore, writing in Forbes on October 21, declared the following the best 20 white wines under US$20 ($26.22). Not an Australian among them. This is the real issue in the US.

  • Albet I Noya, Xarel-lo 2015 Penendes, Spain, $14
  • Beaujolais Blanc, Jean-Paul Brun 2014 Beaujolais, France, $15, 100% chardonnay
  • Castello Monaci Fiano, 2014, Puglia, Italy, $15, 100% fiano
  • Chardonnay, Louis Jadot, Bourgogne 2014, Burgundy, France $18, 100% chardonnay
  • Casal da Coelheira 2015, Tejo, Portugal $18, chardonnay and arinto
  • Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio 2015, Venezie, Italy, $12, 100% pinot grigio
  • Emile Beyer Pinot Blanc, Tradition 2014, Alsace, France, $17, 100% pinot blanc
  • Fiano di Avellino, Donna Chiara 2013, Campania, Italy, $18, 100% fiano di avelino
  • Garofoli, Macrina 2015, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, $14, 100% verdicchio
  • Gewurztraminer Willy Gisselbrecht 2012, Alsace, France, $15, 100% gewurztraminer
  • Greppico Vermentino 2015, Toscana, Italy, $18, 100% vermentino
  • Handley Cellars Gewurztraminer 2014, Anderson Valley, California, $20, 100% gewurztraminer
  • Husch Dry Gewurztraminer 2014, Anderson Valley, California $15, 100% gewurztraminer
  • Mantel Blanco Verdejo 2014, Rueda, Spain, $12, 100% verdejo
  • Murphy Goode Sauvignon Blanc 2015, North Coast, California, $14, 100% sauvignon blanc
  • Luna Nuda Pinot Grigio 2015, Dolomiti, Italy, $15, 100% pinot grigio
  • Macon-Villages 2013, Roux Pere & Fils, Burgundy, France, $19, 100% chardonnay
  • Piccini Memoro NV, Italy, $12 Viognier, Chardonnay, vermentino & pecorino
  • Riesling, Albert Seltz, 2014, Alsace, France $17, 100% riesling
  • Tall Sage Chardonnay, 2015, Columbia Valley, WA, $10, 100% chardonnay

Last Word

From Toby Meyjes, Metro.co.uk, October 22:

A mum-of-two has described how she was bitten by a snake after it attempted to grab chicken she bought from Aldi.

“Patricia Bullock, 57, was left in agony after the snake sunk its teeth in to her calf while she walked through a suburb of Worcester.

“She said: ‘I had bought a raw chicken from Aldi and I was walking back home carrying it in a carrier bag in my left hand.

“I was casually walking across the pavement and there was a hedge on my left. It was brown coloured and very quick, I caught it from my side view and it just lashed out at me.”

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