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Whether you are just back from WBWE, IBWSS in San Francisco or planning on going to Wine Paris and Vinexpo in February there are now so many trade shows around the world. But they are there for a reason. To bring wine producers closer to the markets that most want to meet them


This month we provide an update on Northern Hemisphere growing conditions - Mother Nature has been as ever fickle - and buying activity levels in Argentina, Chile and Spain off the back of supply shortfalls elsewhere. We also introduce Ciatti China. Read on for more.


Kim Jong Un has designated an alcoholic beverage that embodies the "innocent and tender hearts" of the North Korean people as the national liquor of North Korea, according to a state propaganda service on Tuesday.


Ignacio Nevares and coauthors found that oxygen not only moves down the concentration gradient through the staves, but between the staves, between the bung and bunghole, and - obviously - into the barrel ullage whenever the bung is removed.


The World Bulk Wine Exhibition, which has been held in Amsterdam each year for the past ten years, hosted its first trade show in China earlier this month. The inaugural WBWE Asia event in Yantai, China was attended by nearly 4,000 visitors from 35 countries with 200 producers from 20 countries. Yantai's port is where most bulk wine enters China


"We had a very good trajectory that then reversed itself," said Eric Wente, Chairman of Wente Vineyards. "I think there's quite a ways to go before everybody's seeing eye to eye. I think that there's just going to have to be a resolution. Hopefully it's the classic compromise- nobody's happy but everybody's about equally unhappy."


The past year has been tough for the Chinese wine market - imported volumes decreased 8% marking the first decline in five years - while consumers are drinking less frequently. But that's not the whole story. While the market is maturing, it's also changing - opening up new opportunities at the same time.


Online wine subscription platform The French Cellar announced in a Facebook post on May 28 that the company has "ceased operations on 27 May 2019 and is now in the process of voluntary liquidation," The Straits Times reports.


Global purchases of bulk wine in China to be bottled in destination have shifted from 31 million liters in the year 2000 to 176 million liters in 2018. This indicates that, after many years of growth, the Chinese wine market has matured enough so the leading international operators can consolidate their business relationships in Asia.


World Bulk Wine Exhibition (WBWE) has launched its first Chinese edition in the northern port city of Yantai in response to the booming market for bulk wine imports into China. Yantai was selected as the ideal location as over 80% of bulk wine shipments into China already move through the port, with Chinese bulk buyers and winemakers concentrated in the region.


Wines from France and Italy dominate the on-trade in China, according to the first in-depth research into the Chinese on-trade market. France has a 36.7% share of the market and Italy has 17.9%. Australia, at 10.8%, is the only other producer with a double-digit share.


China is set to hike tariffs on a range of US goods on Saturday, marking the latest strike in the trade war between the world's two largest economies. Beijing will raise tariffs on $60bn (£47.6bn) worth of US products, which will hit more than 5,000 items. The rates on products, including wine and meat, will rise from between 5 and 10% to as much as 25%.


Wine exports from the United States to China fell by almost 25 percent due to the tariffs imposed last year. China is the sixth largest importer of American wines. Canada is the top market, followed by the European Union and England.


In official and informal talks Sunday and Monday during Trump's state visit to Japan, the U.S. leader indicated Washington would not press Tokyo for a bilateral trade deal until after a Japanese House of Councillors election slated for July, apparently taking into consideration Abe's desire to avoid tariff-cutting pressure on farmers.


Champagne Paul Launois will make history next month with its new Single Barrel concept, offering for auction ten complete barrels of Chardonnay which will become Grand Cru Champagne to industry professionals and collectors.


State media says U.S.'s 'little tricks' disrupt atmosphere


China's announcement Monday of higher tariffs on $60 billion of American exports - retaliation for President Donald Trump's latest penalties on Chinese goods - hit particularly hard in the farm belt. China's vast consumer market has been a vital source of revenue for American farmers.


Deepening its trade war with the U.S. and sending world financial markets into a slide, China announced higher tariffs Monday on $60 billion worth of American goods in retaliation for President Donald Trump's latest penalties on Chinese products. Tariffs of 5% to 25% will take effect on June 1 on about 5,200 American products, including batteries, spinach and coffee, the Finance Ministry said.


More than 340 leading exhibitors from 28 countries and regions (including 13 national pavilions and industry associations) took part in ProWine Asia in Hong Kong (2017: 310 exhibitors).


China's Commerce Ministry released an official statement Friday stating that the Asian country will be taking "necessary countermeasures" to Donald Trump's announcement of increasing tariffs on Chinese goods entering the United States

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