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Pernod Ricard has claimed it is the ‘fastest growing supplier’ of branded wine in the UK after seeing strong growth in its Rioja brand, Campo Viejo and Jacob’s Creek.

Pernod Ricard has claimed it is the ‘fastest growing supplier’ of branded wine in the UK after seeing strong growth in its Rioja brand, Campo Viejo and Jacob’s Creek.

Speaking at the Pernod Ricard Roundtable today, Laurent Pillet, managing director, Pernod Ricard UK said the company’s light wine portfolio grew 12.4% across the UK off-trade, against a slightly declining wider market (-0.2%). The category was growing four times faster than the average growth of its competitor’s brands, he said, with innovation of Campo Viejo Blanco contributing to the mix.

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Christian Miller of Full Glass Research; Courtesy Wine Institute.

The 23rd Annual Unified Wine & Grape Symposium (AUWGS) took place last week. Something in it surely caught my interest.

Christian Miller of Full Glass Research (FGR) presented at the conference the results of the latest sustainability research. Miller holds a BA in Economics from Franklin & Marshall College and an MBA from Cornell University. FGR is his baby. He also co-founded and advises Wine Opinions (WO), which bills itself as the qualitative and quantitative research arm of the overall wine industry in America. WO draws from a variety of consumer and trade organizations in its wine market research.

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Tens of millions of people are signed up to TripAdvisor-style wine apps, so who cares what sommeliers have to say?

Tens of millions of people are signed up to TripAdvisor-style wine apps, so who cares what sommeliers have to say?

Wine has long been one of the ultimate markers of class and taste. It separates those who poke their finger at the second cheapest bottle on the wine menu to avoid pronouncing "sauvignon blanc" incorrectly and saying “oh, that’s lovely!” when asked to test the wine rather than simply confirming it isn’t corked.

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Time Out tries and tests the best apps for city living. This week: get serious about wine with the help of Corkscrew.

What is it?

A digital sommelier. This new app suggests plonk to go with your food, either in a restaurant or at home. Choose a dish and Corkscrew will recommend the bottle: easy. If you like what you’re drinking, save it to your wine history (now that’s my kind of history).

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Syrah grapes at the world famous Hermitage vineyard in southern France

Until the Islamic revolution, Iran had a tradition of wine-making which stretched back centuries. It centred on the ancient city of Shiraz - but is there a connection between the place and the wine of the same name now produced and drunk across the world?

"I remember my father bringing in the grapes and putting them in a big clay vat," says California-based wine-maker Darioush Khaledi, recalling his childhood in pre-revolutionary Iran.

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 ‘Mount Etna’s wines are the best known of those grown in volcanic soil.’

There are more wines grown in volcanic soils than you may imagine.

There’s not much innovation in wine publishing. Having judged two awards in the last 12 months (the Louis Roederer and Andre Simon), I get the impression that publishers think wine-lovers want only beginners’ guides and outsize volumes on the world’s poshest wine regions. So credit to Jacqui Small for publishing our Andre Simon drink book winner, the refreshingly original Volcanic Wines, by Canadian sommelier John Szabo.

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The lots were made up of a cornucopia of donated ‘goodies’ – from cases of special wine to holidays in California, France, Switzerland, London and Croatia as well as safaris.

Mike Ratcliffe, managing director of the Warwick winery in Stellenbosch, dreamt up the concept of the Cape Wine Auction four years ago after being influenced by a similar initiative in the Napa Valley that subsidises health costs.

This year’s auction raised 22.3 million rand (£1.3m) for charity at the Anthonij Rupert Wine Estate in Franschhoek. The funds will go towards the laudable cause of supporting education in South Africa’s winelands, with 22 projects selected for aid.

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2016 U.S. Wine Sales Give UPS And FedEx Reason To Smile.

Nearly 4% of U.S. wine sales in 2016 ($2.33 billion) was not handled by traditional wholesaling and retailing channels. Instead, the wines were sold by and delivered from wine producers direct to consumers (DtC).

Gathered by ShipCompliant and Wines Vines Analytics, the data was presented at the recent Direct to Consumer Wine Symposium by Kent Nowlin, general manager of Sovos Compliant.

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Wine Social Inc., Opens its Beta Platform to the Public

Wine Social Inc., Opens its Beta Platform to the Public

WineSocial.co, the Digital Ecosystem for the business of Wine, is now in public beta and already growing its user base.

New York – Feb. 7, 2017 — Wine Social Inc., announced the release of its beta platform WineSocial.co, a networking website dedicated to connecting professionals in the global Wine industry.

 

“The Wine industry is still extremely fragmented,” said Simone Tarantino, Executive Director at Wine Social Inc., “and most of the players, especially the more local ones, are looking for tools to compete and grow their business. Our platform will offer to them, and to the industry at large, a new way to do business, growing it at a global level”.

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The purchase of Cameron Hughes Wine has been finalized announced Pay Roney, President and CEO, Vintage Wine Estates. Cameron Hughes Wine is a wine négociant specializing in the acquisition, blending, and marketing of fine wines with personalized service under its namesake label founded in 2001 by Cameron Hughes and Jessica Kogan.

SANTA ROSA, Calif., Jan. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/

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Startup Cambrian Innovation has a new approach that seems to be catching on.

About 50 miles north of San Francisco, a brewery is quietly using a new type of technology, originally created to be used on a space station, to clean 50,000 gallons of dirty wastewater a day and generate energy in the process.

At the back of the brewery of Lagunitas Brewing Company, in Petaluma, Calif., three large shipping containers house an unusual design of electrically charged microbes that consume pollutants in beer wastewater and generate usable biogas. The technology was created by an MIT spinout called Cambrian Innovation, which is beginning to grow its customer list considerably in Northern California.

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The Cunco reservoir, courtesy Viña Montes and Feast PR

Despite those who deny or are skeptical, a large majority of climate scientists tell us climate change isn’t only here, it borders on irreversible. The biggest threat may be in the fresh water supply, through a combination of persistent drought conditions and rising saltwater levels.

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