Wine Discounts And Price Tags

Buying has become a necessity of our modern times and buyers always love a good discount. When buying a car, a new pair of shoes, or the latest and greatest smartphone, special offers and discounts are always welcome. Wine is no exception. If I happen to be in a grocery …

Chinese Wine – A Red Obsession

For centuries, Bordeaux has assumed a mythical status in the world of fine wine as a leitmotif of wealth, power and influence, but its prosperity has always been linked to the capricious nature of markets and the shifting fortunes of global economies. Now change is coming to Bordeaux, with traditional …

Record Numbers For U.S. Wine Exports

U.S. wine exports uncorked a new record in 2012! For the third consecutive year, U.S. wine exports grew as demand increased in Germany, Sweden, Japan and China. The San Francisco-based Wine Institute said wine exports – 90 percent from California – brought in $1.43 billion in revenues, which represents a 2.6 percent growth compared to 2011. The European Union remained …

Bordeaux Wine Merchant Under Chinese Management

Since 2008, two dozen French wine estates fell under Chinese control, like the Château de Viaud acquired by the food group Cofco, or the Château Grand Mouëys purchased by NingXia. As if vineyards, domains and châteaux weren’t enough, Chinese investors are now interested in the French wine trading industry. Last year, …

Wine – A Growing Industry

As Steve Jacobson said in his Wine Facts post, wine is a growing industry. Wine Communications Group, Inc. published their annual metrics for the year 2012 which indicate a steady increase in all related facets of wine and wine production. Off-premise sales, direct-to-consumer sales, flash sales, and the Winery Job Index …

Robert Parker Steps Down

According to the LA TIMES, Robert Parker is stepping down from his position as Editor-In-Chief for The Wine Advocate.  As I referenced in a previous post, Parker was very much responsible for utilizing the 100-point tasting system that rated what was in the bottle and, in turn, ended up being …

China Acquires Another Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

It’s like a game of world domination, except the main commodity is wine, and China is on a roll! Another Saint-Emilion Grand Cru has been sold to a Chinese investor. After being on the market for quite some time, the 32 acre Château Bellefont-Belcier is the latest property to fall into …

Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Festival

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard me talk about wine and its effortless ability to reunite people for a good time. Well, this couldn’t be more accurate when describing a popular event that originates in France on the 3rd Thursday of November, every year: the release of the Beaujolais Nouveau… …

Amazon Launches Online Wine Marketplace

It’s official! Amazon launched their online wine marketplace last Thursday. From A to Z and now one more W, they just added wine to the myriad of products they already sell. It took the internet retail giant just a few weeks to get enough winemakers (domestic for now) interested in …

Amazon Is About To Start Selling Wine… Again!

Meet your new wine merchant: amazon.com A recent report suggests that in a matter of weeks Amazon will launch a wine marketplace. I bet you didn’t see that one coming, or perhaps you did. The U.S. wine industry rakes anywhere between 18 to 22 billion dollars in annual sales revenues, so …