"I've spoken with 10 or 12 people this morning who worked with him and every one is very sad about this. Those of us who got to spend a lot of time with him knew a very caring side of him that not everyone could see."]
While previous efforts at building big-volume French wine brands in the U.S. have faltered, a recent loosening of blending rules and a new marketing push for the pan-French Vin de France category have made producers bullish about growth prospects in the world's biggest wine market.
Diageo NA president Larry Schwartz credited "innovation and price increases" as contributing to the turnaround. Now that DC&E has righted the ship, Schubert says it will stay on the offensive in courting broad swaths of consumers with so-called "lifestyle brands" at around the $10-$15 mark
Many critics have complained that California wines, notably those from Napa, are getting too alcoholic. The San Francisco Chronicle recently started listing the alcohol level of wines it reviews. "I know my role on the panel is to talk about consumer acceptance," says Bonné.
The headlines read "Wine Shortage" and it was the talk of many wine sippers since a report was released last Monday predicting a shortage of wine production. But, many in the wine industry have questioned that report and winemakers in the Livermore Valley Region said they were not seeing it.
At 61, Phil is finally receiving the recognition his lifetime of work deserves. Against the odds, through bullheaded persistence, hard work, common sense, and some luck, he defied the conventional farming industry ...
Straddling the markedly different wine worlds of giant Central Valley producers of low-priced wines for the masses and North Coast wineries seeking higher-end grapegrowing and production expansion opportunities, Solano County has a place in the wine industry that is growing even more formidable, according to a longtime local voice for winegrowing.
Perusing the new maps added to the World Atlas, first published in 1971 and revised about every six years, is one way I track the wine world's latest buzz-worthy vineyard spots. Many of these produce superb wines that are relative bargains.
As a top performer in his earlier positions with O'Neill Vintners and Terlato Wines, Eastman has worked managing multiple states, and has a strong sales background in branded and private label wines and spirits.
A study by price comparison site mySupermaket has found that the likes of Tesco, Sainsbury's and Asda artificially inflate wine prices before slashing them in order to give the appearance of a bargain.
In a discussion with the drinks business last month, Daniel Baron, director of winemaking for California's Twomey and Silver Oak wineries said last year's Merlot had hit a new quality benchmark, but added that 2013's grapes were even better.
South Africa will increasingly target the entire domestic market of Africa along with the US as trading conditions become ever more challenging in mature export markets such as the UK, according to the new head of Wines of South Africa (WOSA).
China is on course to be the second largest wine consuming country behind the United States within the next five years, according to Don St Pierre Jr, co-founder of Chinese importing company, ASC Fine Wines, speaking ahead of his appearance at this month's
Canada's minister of argiculture and agri-food warns that his country may impose retaliatory tariffs on US wines if the country does not revise or revoke controversial country of origin (COOL) labeling laws