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Supermarket Power
Tuesday, 17th April, 2011 - Richard Farmer

Want to get your wine on our supermarket shelf? Then sell us some of it in bulk along with your labelled bottles so we can undercut it with our own label product. That's the story being told by New Zealand winemakers with particular reference to the United Kingdom market but if it isn't happening on a large scale in the Australian market yet it surely soon will be. more...

China's Increasing Role In The World Wine Business
Tuesday, 17th April, 2011 - Richard Farmer

It comes as a bit of a shock when you actually see the figures: the Chinese wine industry has nearly three times more area under vines than Australia. And here are we thinking that this market to the north might prove to be some kind of salvation when the truth is that we should start worrying about China pinching market share from us elsewhere in the world. more...

While We Dream Of Exports Others Get Ready For Chinese Imports
Sunday, 18th December, 2011 - Richard Farmer

A cautionary note from the wine writer for the Canadian Winnipeg Free Press that I stumbled across recently:

While we don't have much that's worth drinking on our shelves just yet, expect Chinese wine to get a lot of attention in the months and years to come. Many writers, critics and other wine folk who have visited their winemaking regions and/or tasted the wines coming out of China say that the country is poised to make a serious breakthrough in the global market. more...

Some Advice For Wine Marketing Managers
Sunday, 27th November, 2011 - Richard Farmer

The current head of the still growing and still family owned Gallo wine company of the United States had some advice recently to its industry peers about developing a market for wine. Making a rare public appearance at the annual San Joaquin Valley Winegrowers Association's Wine and Grape Industry forum in Fresno, Joseph Gallo recalled how his late father, Ernest Gallo, spent many years trying to come up with ideas for how to generate new consumers, but he ultimately gave up on all of them. "He finally came to the conclusion that to make wine consumption grow, the industry had to make a better product that the masses want to drink," Gallo said. "It is that simple." more...

Wine investment Chinese Style
Tuesday, 6th September, 2011 - Richard Farmer

The Bank of China has joined with Zhonghai Trust Co Ltd and the Changyu Pioneer Wine Co Ltd to launch what they describe as China's country's first history-themed wine investment product. The wine-based financial instrument, offered only to VIP clients of BOC, has a 1.08 million yuan ($168,804) minimum investment that is locked in for 18 months. more...

A Wide Gulf Divides the Wine Trade
Sunday, 24th July, 2011 - David Farmer

The sale of the 2010 classified growths of Bordeaux have set a cracking pace with most increasing prices and the 1st Growths moving up at least 10%. They may go higher as traders judge the market. Fantastic stuff, and for those with the money to buy 1st Growths, you can expect to pay over £1000 a bottle by 2012. The 'lesser' wines or seconds made by the 1st Growths, from younger vines or parts of the vineyards with lower quality fruit now fetch what the 1st sold for back in 2000. more...

Forget the Food Bit - Just Give Me a Drink
Friday, 1st July, 2011 - Richard Farmer

That's the attitude of French youth when it comes to wine according to a recently published study. Research from the ESC Pau research centre and Toulouse 1 Capitole University shows that younger generations are less likely to savour a bottle over food and more prone to drink simply for pleasure. more...

Chinese Wine Market Developing Nicely
Wednesday, 12th January, 2011 - Richard Farmer

A little bit of a boom in wine drinking and the Chinese industry is showing its capacity to follow in the footsteps of its longer established peers. Last month came the news that six people had been detained, several wineries shut down and bottles pulled from shelves in China after authorities found wine containing several chemical additives. more...

Perhaps the Barossa Should Make One
Monday, 20th December, 2010 - Richard Farmer

Is nothing sacred? Americans are now making ice wine by picking grapes while the sun is shining and the temperature is warm and then putting them away to age in freezers that simulate the chill that takes place under ideal outdoor conditions. more...

Supermarket Power

Tuesday, 17th April, 2011

China's Increasing Role In The World Wine Business

Tuesday, 17th April, 2011

While We Dream Of Exports Others Get Ready For Chinese Imports

Sunday, 18th December, 2011

Some Advice For Wine Marketing Managers

Sunday, 27th November, 2011

Wine investment Chinese Style

Tuesday, 6th September, 2011

A Wide Gulf Divides the Wine Trade

Sunday, 24th July, 2011

Forget the Food Bit - Just Give Me a Drink

Friday, 1st July, 2011

Chinese Wine Market Developing Nicely

Wednesday, 12th January, 2011

Perhaps the Barossa Should Make One

Monday, 20th December, 2010

A Comic Way to International Fame

Monday, 6th December, 2010

Goodness Knows What They Drink It With

Monday, 29th November, 2010

The State of the Modern Wine Industry

Tuesday, 16th November, 2010

Up Date on the Liquor Wars

Tuesday, Friday, 26th March 2010

French fight back

Tuesday, 9th March 2010

Dinner with Sandra Tavares - Portuguese Winemaker

Thursday, 19th February, 2010

Get Ready for the Citrus Tang of Koshu

Wednesday, 18th November, 2009

A Luncheon Address from Jancis Robinson

Tuesday, 17th February, 2009

In Praise of Gimblett Gravels

Thursday, 1st January, 2009

Catching Up with World Wine Consumption

Friday, 21st November, 2008

An Update on World Wine Consumption and Production

Tuesday, 18th November, 2008

The Great Wines of Italy

Thursday, 15th May, 2008

Yearning For A Faulty Wine

Friday, 31st August, 2007

All Is Not What It Seems with Chinese Wine

Friday, 31st August, 2007

Grateful for the Mistake

Tuesday, 31st July, 2007

The Real Wine Boom in China

Wednesday, 25th July, 2007

Remembering the Sopranos

Tuesday, 17th July, 2007

A Rat of a Wine

Friday, 13th July, 2007

Mildew Threatens Bordeaux

Friday, 13th July, 2007

Wayne Gretzky and an Australian Connection

Tuesday, 3rd July, 2007

Will the Pressure Ever End?

Sunday, 1st July, 2007

The Danes are Preparing

Sunday, 1st July, 2007

What Wine Do You Put In a Counterfeit Ch. Lafite?

Tuesday, 12th June, 2007

New Zealandís Fame Keeps Spreading

Thursday, 19th April, 2007

The New Zealand Landscape, Wines and Amazing Export Growth

Wednesday, 21st February, 2007

Artful Prince Astonishes Wine World

Sunday, 14th January, 2007

That Dreaded Global Warming

Sunday, 14th January, 2007

World Wine Sales Stagnant

Sunday, 29th October, 2006

Illegal for Italians but Paris Makes it Great for Germans

Saturday, 28th October, 2006

New Zealand Wine Storms Ahead

Tuesday, 12th September, 2006

Wishing Jefferson Had Drunk It

Wednesday, 6th September, 2006

Not a Little Critter

Wednesday, 6th September, 2006

A Welcome Cease Fire

Saturday, 26th August, 2006

Sniffing a Fraud

Thursday, 24th August, 2006

Producers and Drinkers Disagree

Saturday, 22nd July, 2006

Sherry - a Seven Century Epic of Sales

Tuesday, 18th July, 2006

A Rap Over the Knuckles for Duboeuf

Friday, 14th July, 2006

A Brave Promise from the Euro Commissioner

Wednesday, 14th June, 2006

Wine Down a Russian Sink

Sunday, 11th June, 2006

A Dangerous Thing Those Blind Tastings

Sunday, 11th June, 2006

Looking Back - Can It Help Us Look Forward?

Thursday, 18th May, 2006

Russia's Wine War

Saturday, 29th April, 2006

A Portuguese Traitor

Friday, 21st April, 2006

The Exchange Rates Works Their Magic: Argentine Exports Increase

Tuesday, 18th April, 2006

Duboeuf Trial Begins

Saturday, 8th April, 2006

And the Big Get Bigger

Wednesday, 5th April, 2006

Some Spanish Assistance

Wednesday, 5th April, 2006

Russian Wine Ban

Tuesday, 4th April, 2006

Big Box Liquor and the New Zealand Market

Thursday, 23th February, 2006

A State Wine for California

Thursday, 16th February, 2006

Critter Market Increasing Its Share

Friday, 27th January, 2006

Millenials Like Cute Labels

Saturday, 21st January, 2006

Label Design Important

Friday, 30th December, 2005

Bitters for Marie Brizard

Thursday, 22nd December, 2005

Madonnalicious Wine

Wednesday, 21 December, 2005

Duboeuf Fraud Charges Proceed

Tuesday, 20th December, 2005

Lanson Bidders Retreat

Wednesday, 14th December, 2005

Bid for Vincor Withdrawn

Monday, 12th December, 2005

A Victory for Banal Industrial Process?

Tuesday, 6th December, 2005

A Self Imposed Boycott in Bordeaux

Monday, 5th December, 2005

A Drought for Sauvignon Blanc?

Tuesday, 29th November, 2005

The Bid Goes On and the Bidder's Price Goes Lower

Tuesday, 29th November, 2005

French Varietal Marketing Expands

Tuesday, 22nd November, 2005

A French Fight Back?

Tuesday, 22 November 2005

Rapid Growth from Small Base

Tuesday, 22nd November, 2005

Brewers Seek Inspiration from Milk

Monday, 14th November, 2005

The Good Spirit to the Rescue

Thursday, 10th November, 2005

Goering's Raccoons Threaten German Vineyards

Wednesday, 26th October, 2005

Add Meritage to Your Vocabulary

Monday, 24th October, 2005

Californian Crop Larger Than Expected

Thursday, 20th October, 2005

Diageo Says "No" to Montana

Thursday, 20th October, 2005

Consternation for Constellation

Tuesday, 18th October, 2005

The Pursuit Goes On

Tuesday, 18th October, 2005

Has Constellation Wines Got too Big?

Thursday, 13th October, 2005

An Update on New Zealand

Wednesday, 12th October, 2005

Growing on Wine's Back

Monday, 10th October, 2005

Decentralisation the Constellation Cornerstone

Friday, 30th September, 2005

Goundrey in Billion $ Bid

Thursday, 29th September, 2005

Massachusetts Plan to Ban Wine Deliveries

Monday, 19th September, 2005

France's Declining Wine Market

Monday, 19th September, 2005

Wines on the Back of His Hand

Tuesday, 13th September, 2005

A Spanish Sushi Wine?

Wednesday, 7th September, 2005

Italians Revolting Too!

Wednesday, 31st August, 2005

Outside the Chateau, the Peasants are Revolting

Monday, 29th August, 2005

Deceit on the Goods at Georges Duboeuf

Saturday, 27th August, 2005

Wine Passes Beer in UK Sales

Tuesday, 23rd August, 2005

Wine Investment Comes to Japan

Wednesday, 17th August, 2005

The French Still Revolting

Wednesday, 2nd June, 2005

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