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Insights: California proves to be a golden opportunity for the on-trade and independents

Published:  20 July, 2015

Sales of premium California wines have been picking up speed in the UK and many producers in the Golden State are looking to the UK as an export market full of opportunities.


Barefoot enjoys the parklife with summer push for Refresh wines

Published:  15 July, 2015

Gallo's Barefoot wine brand is to fire T-shirts at consumers from giant cannons as part of a summer marketing campaign.


US millennials' consumption may impact California regions and provide opportunities for imported wine

Published:  03 July, 2015

In a report by Rabobank released this week, the changing preferences of US' millennial consumers is starting to have an impact on consumption patterns and thus could affect wine regions domestically as well as providing opportunities for imported wine.


UK retailers and the on-trade can now catch a Chronic case of wine

Published:  03 July, 2015

A brand which aims to do for wine what hip craft brewers have for beer is making its UK debut.


Constellation buys Meiomi luxury Pinot Noir brand as Q1 sales increase by 7%

Published:  02 July, 2015

Constellation Brands is to pay US$315 million to add the premium California wine brand Meiomi to its portfolio.


Jackson Family Wine collaborates with Telsa's new energy innovation to reduce costs

Published:  03 June, 2015

Jackson Family Wines has been working in collaboration with Tesla, the car manufacturer turned energy provider and has adopted the Tesla Powerwall product at six of its wineries in California.


Portugal is the most underrated wine country, according to exclusive Harpers poll

Published:  13 May, 2015

Last month conducted an exclusive survey to find the most overrated and underrated wine producing regions in world and the results revealed that Portugal was the most underrated, while Bordeaux was voted the most overrated.


California wines performance in UK strongest its been in 20 years

Published:  12 May, 2015

At yesterday's fifth annual Golden State tasting, California producers heard from John McLaren, the UK director of the Wine Institute of California, that the category has not been in better position in the past 20 years.


Justin Keay discovers some unknown suprises at last month's Go West tasting

Published:  14 April, 2015

Justin Keay weighs in on last month's Go West tasting and overwhelmingly urges the trade to 'Go West, young man!"


Artisan wine fair RAW announces new Berlin venue, as international visitor numbers grow

Published:  14 April, 2015

The artisan wine fair, RAW is launching a new fair in Berlin later this year, to cater for an increasingly international clientele.


California imposes first mandatory water reductions as drought persists

Published:  02 April, 2015

California is imposing mandatory water restrictions on residents and business requiring they reduce water usage by 25%, in response to the severe drought that has been affecting the state.


Country analysis: Californian wines hit the jackpot in the UK

Published:  08 March, 2015

It seems California wines have struck gold in the UK in recent years, as the value of US wine exports has exponentially grown within the global wine market, despite volumes staying relatively stable, writes Erin Smith


Record breaking auction was only one highlight of Napa's "Premiere Week"

Published:  27 February, 2015

Last week's Premiere Napa Valley barrel tasting and live auction, held at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Saint Helena, set the stage for bidding on a unique and highly-selective range of the appellation's finest wines resulting in a new record of $6 million USD in fundraising for local charities.


E&J Gallo to psychoanalyse tweets of Apothic Red drinkers

Published:  19 February, 2015

E&J Gallo is ramping up its marketing activity for its Apothic Red wine brand by aiming to psychoanalyse consumers on social media after seeing UK sales double in 2014.


Sales up 5% at Spanish wine giant Bodegas Torres

Published:  16 February, 2015

Spanish wine giant Bodegas Torres, which also produces wines in Chile and California, has seen its sales grow 5% to €240 million in 2014.


California's 2014 grape crush shows 'healthy decline' but won't stop bulk prices sliding

Published:  11 February, 2015

California's grape crush for 2014 hit 3.91 million tonnes, showing a "healthy decline" of 340,000 tonnes on the previous year, however the "ample inventories" of 2012 and 2013 means finding buyers for wine will be a challenge.


California's bumper 2014 harvest means overstock on bulk wine, broker warns

Published:  09 February, 2015

California produced a "shed-load" of wine - 4 million tonnes - in the chronic drought conditions of 2014, which will lead to an inventory surplus, a top bulk broker has warned.


2014 Review and Hopes and Fears for 2015: John McLaren

Published:  30 December, 2014

John McLaren, UK director of the Wine Institute of California, on how the UK has changed to become a fresh land of opportunity for Californian producers, how it's in a 'holding pattern' with grocers, and why he 'may scream' if he's told to 'engage with consumers' again.


Seckford Agencies toasts sales growth

Published:  12 September, 2014

Seckford Agencies has seen sales grow by 10 to 15% in the past year, says director David Cartwright.


Sangre de Toro wine gets design revamp for 60th birthday

Published:  10 September, 2014

Bodegas Torres has relaunched its famed Sangre de Toro brand with a sleeker design that harks back to the wine's 1950s origins.