April 14, 2021
Covid news: UK partly reopens; French scandal in illegal dining; Sam Adams to give a free pint to vaccinated drinkers - Constellation Brands turns a profit despite Covid - Bollinger buys Ponzi Vineyards in Oregon - Severe weather in Europe as vineyards hit by spring frost - Wine of the Week: Darling North Coast Syrah 2019
April 7, 2021
Vinexpo Paris cancelled; next event will be in February 2022 - Delhi government lowers legal drinking age to 21 - US importers struggling due to tariffs, Covid, and demand - Wine of the Week: Château Moulin-à-Vent "Couvent des Thorins" Moulin-à-Vent 2018
And here's the link to the recording of the webinar, "Crafting World-Class Cabernet" we discuss on the pod during our review of our week in wine: https://vimeo.com/531927170. Featuring Jaime Araujo (Accendo Cellars), Jeff Andrews and Ray McKee (Trothe), Virginia Willcok (Vasse Felix), moderated by Erik Segelbaum. Worth checking out!
March 31, 2021
Latest sales figures: Sparkling wine sales down in 2020; but Barefoot sees 32% sales rise in the UK; Concho y Toro also see sales increase - Update on Brexit bureaucracy - Exciting news on wine labels from Jumilla in Spain and Champagne Palmer! - Wine of the Week - Trothe Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 from Horse Heaven Hills in Washington State And here’s the link to the “Crafting World-Class Cabernet” webinar we mentioned on the pod: https://bit.ly/register-crafting-world-class-cabernet — Wednesday 31 March at 4pm Pacific Time!
March 24, 2021
Vinitaly cancelled again... - Update on EU-US tariffs: postponement for four months, but drinks industries still hurting - UK pubs close but craft breweries growing - AB InBEV and Patagonia settle lawsuit over branding - Wine of the Week: Altos Las Hormigas Clásico Malbec 2018 from Mendoza
March 10, 2021
Wine legend Steven Spurrier dies - US tariffs on Scotch temporarily suspended - British buying more spirits than wine for the first time - Wine of the Week: Juvé y Camps Millesimé Cava 2017
February 24, 2021
Counterfeit Yellow Tail found in the UK - Wine merchants increase sales in 2020 - Napa Valley Library Auction raises nearly $1m - Wine of the Week: 2011 Malvasia from Colares in Portugal
February 17, 2021
Sonoma restaurant refuses to allow server to wear Black Lives Matter - Port & Sherry sales on the rise in the UK - Jameson sales up by 3% in 2020 - Wine of the Week: Blaufränkisch from Austria
February 11, 2021
Spirits sales see massive increases in 2020, especially in the USA, but hospitality industry struggles - Export news: fall in exports to Japan; Australian exports to China fall by 98% - Wine ban in South Africa challenged and then lifted - Über buys Drizly for $1.1bn - WSET suspends teaching in China - No monks at Achel: one fewer Trappist brewery in Belgium - Do tannins protect us from Covid?! - Wine of the Week: Mondeuse from Savoie
January 27, 2021
Bars & restaurants reopen in California - News from the spirits industry, as Rémy-Cointreau sees sales increase by 25% - London Wine Fair to be held digitally in 2021 - Amorim reveals breakthrough technologies to eradicate detectable TCA - Wine of the Week: English sparkling wine
January 20, 2021
News from lockdown UK: alcohol sales soar, Champagne sales up, as are South African wines - wine.com sales over $300m in 2020 - Snow destroys roof and three vintages of Priorat winery - Williams-Selyem owners sell stake to Domaine Faiveley - Wine of the Week: German Blaufränkisch!