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US wine shipments threatened as ports gridlock ahead of possible shutdown

Published:  06 February, 2015

US ports are currently facing gridlock traffic as the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association which represents shipping lines has failed to reach an agreement in contract negations with an impending shut down only days away.


Matthew Gaughan assesses how far California has come in adapting Zinfandel for all tastes

Published:  30 January, 2015


The last weekend of January saw California's great wine city San Francisco celebrate the state's iconic grape, Zinfandel. The Zinfandel Experience, held at the Presidio, and organised by Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP), is an annual event designed to raise awareness and appreciation of this often misunderstood and easily maligned grape. Over 3,000 consumers attended the event, celebrating its 24th consecutive year.


USA to be 'star of the global economy for 2015' says Euromonitor

Published:  26 January, 2015

Euromonitor's global economic outlook for 2015 forecasts the US economy will see the largest growth in real GDP and a strengthening currency, and should be the best performing advanced economy this year.


US wine industry facing 'unprecedented' third large harvest, says SVB

Published:  22 January, 2015

Silicon Valley Bank is forecasting an "unprecedented" third large harvest in a row for the US, and that 2015 will be the "breakout" year for fine wine, which will grow 14 to 18%.


Sake set to finally make its mark in the UK in 2015

Published:  07 January, 2015



After a breakthrough year in 2014 which saw sake appear in some of the hottest wine lists in the country, including the Chiltern Firehouse, sake experts believe the UK is set to follow the US and Japan and become far more widely distributed across both the on and off-trades.

Read more...'s 10 most popular stories of 2014

Published:  23 December, 2014

The most popular stories on throughout 2014 cover everything from TescoGate to Bordeaux 2013 to BrewDog and Bibendum PLB.


Treasury Wine Estates to slim down branded portfolio

Published:  16 December, 2014

Treasury Wine Estates is focusing its investment on 15 global umbrella brands, 20 international brands, and 20 local brands, out of its 80-strong portfolio.


Matthew Gaughan on what the UK can learn from the rise of craft beers in the US

Published:  16 December, 2014

As in the UK, the beer scene in the US has been transformed over the last 20 years. As mainstream lagers have got blander and colder, craft breweries have sprung up around the country to be greeted by an enthusiastic and increasingly knowledgeable set of drinkers.



ProWein predicts biggest growth opportunities in the USA and Asia

Published:  01 December, 2014

Global wine trade show Prowein is forecasting stable world demand for wines in 2015 and sees North America and Asia as the largest markets for growth in the coming year.


Dia Simms, the woman behind P Diddy's drinks ventures, on why their spirits mean business

Published:  21 November, 2014

Starting off as Sean 'Diddy' Combs personal chief of staff, Dia Simms is now the executive vice president of Ciroc Vodka & Innovations, at the newly-formed Combs Wine & Spirits.Gemma McKenna catches up with Simms and finds out what the pair have planned for the expansion of the drinks empire.


Gallo's Autumn Red wine to appeal to younger consumers and white wine drinkers

Published:  20 November, 2014

Gallo Family Vineyards has added the "smooth and soft" Autumn Red wine, which tastes of blackberry and caramel, to its portfolio, alongside a marketing campaign with chef and forager Caroline Davey.


Mintel's Jonny Forsyth: Evolving tastes among global wine drinkers

Published:  20 November, 2014

Wine tastes are evolving but is the industry agile enough to take advantage? Mintel's research clearly illustrates how different the coveted Millennials are to previous generations, global drinks analyst Jonny Forsyth told Wine Vision.


California's winemakers gear up for worsening drought in 2015

Published:  06 November, 2014

Recent rainfall in California has done little to improve the ongoing drought, as winemakers gear up for worsening conditions into 2015.


Matthew Gaughan enjoys celebrating Pinot Noir with Sonoma winemakers

Published:  31 October, 2014

This past Sunday, as winemakers wound down from this year's condensed harvest, the well-to-do Sonoma town of Healdsburg hosted the annual Pinot on the River festival, a celebration of the region's exciting up-and-coming Pinot Noirs. Originally held on the sometimes muddy banks of the Russian River, the festival is now located in Healdsburg's picturesque, well-paved main square, attracting an enthusiastic sell-out crowd on the busiest day of the festival's history yet.


Smaller wineries now selling more than half of wine direct to consumer

Published:  28 October, 2014

Smaller Australian, South African and New Zealand wineries are now selling more than half of their wines direct to consumer.


OIV confirms France as world's top wine producing country

Published:  27 October, 2014

The International Organisation of Vine and Wine has confirmed France is once again the world's biggest wine producing country, knocking Italy out of the top spot.


More Americans turning to wine, says Wine Intelligence

Published:  15 October, 2014

More Americans than ever are drinking wine on a regular basis, with those consuming wine at least once a month having increased by 40% to 91 million in the past five years.


Matthew Gaughan's personal tribute to California's wines of Paso Robles

Published:  13 October, 2014

Paso Robles is a wild area between San Francisco and Los Angeles, but largely disconnected from the rest of California. Traditional outlaw territory, it still feels like a great place to hide from the pressures of the world. It's hot, sleepy, and still, disturbed only by breezes blowing from the nearby Pacific Ocean.


Robert Parker to host 100 point London tasting as part of a world tour

Published:  30 September, 2014

Robert Parker, the legendary US wine critic, is to host a special tasting in London in February 2015 as part of a world tour of exclusive tastings for his Wine Advocate magazine.




The Week That Was: top news, Q&As and opinion on

Published:  12 September, 2014

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on, we have done a review of the top online news, financial news for the drinks trade, Q&As, and opinion stories.