Wine Trends

    Why grocery stores love wine

    …Because they sell so much of it — and a lot more than most of us realize. Hence the reason for the Great Wall of Wine. Wine was the seventh biggest category by dollar amount for supermarkets in the 52 weeks ending June 15, recording $6.9 billion in sales. That’s up 3.7 percent from the same period a year ago, and works out to an average of $9.27…

    4 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon

    Texsom 2014: Sommeliers Get Beyond the Big Three

    … York Rieslings, Mediterranean-heritaged red wines (Sangiovese and Tempranillo) from Texas, and a (non-vinifera) Norton from America’s heartland, Missouri. Cevola reminded the participants in his tasting session, “It was only 30 years ago when the “Big Three” of American wine (California, Washington and Oregon) were a new phenomenon, just like…

    9 readers - By Vintage Texas Blog

    Why wineries change their label design

    … Mostly, because they can. That’s one of the conclusions of an article I wrote for the Beverage Media trade magazine, trying to figure out why so many producers seem to be changing the look and design of their labels. Because, given the changes in the wine business, with more and bigger companies controlling more brands, it’s going to happen more…

    9 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon

    Who has the best job in wine?

    … And I don’t even have to wear a tie. The Wine Curmudgeon, of course. I drink wine and tell people what it tastes like. How much better does any job — in wine or otherwise — get than that? Which is why I was surprised to see this, “10 of the world’s best jobs in wine,” from the British trade magazine, The Drinks Business. Wine writing…

    9 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon

    Another study agrees: We buy wine on price

    … The biggest surprise in the Wine Genome study from Constellation Brands, one of the biggest wine companies in the world? That one-fifth of us buy wine on price. “We knew they were out there, but the widening span of the study showed how deeply the recession cut,” said Dale Stratton, the Constellation official who oversaw this version, the third…

    6 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon

    Five things that make me crazy when I buy wine

    … Which price am I going to pay for this wine? And why are there so many prices anyway? It makes me crazy. Negotiating the Great Wall of Wine at the grocery store (or any retailer, for that matter) is difficult enough. But why is it that so many in the wine business go out of their way to make it even more difficult? Hence, the five things…

    8 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon