Daily Wine News: France’s Fall

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 07-08-2011

Wine imports to the United States from France and Australia have dropped dramatically. According to the latest figures from Nielsen, “France and Australia have gone down 9.3% and 7.2% in terms of volume of imports into the United States in the last 12 months.” When it comes to online conversation, though, French wine still dominates.

On Wednesday, in memory Deb Whiting of Red Newt Cellars, the contributors at New York Cork Report – along with a few friends – shared memories by way of tasting notes. Check it out.

Decanter reports on a new study from researchers at Stanford University, which examined the potential impact of climate change the wine-growing regions of Santa Barbara County, Napa Valley, Yamhill County, and Walla Walla County. The scientists concluded that by 2040, “there could be 50% less land suitable for cultivating premium wine grapes in high-value areas of Northern California.”

In beer news, Business Week recently published an incredible article on the fall of Anheuser-Busch.

On his blog, W. Blake Gray joins Steve Heimoff and Mike Steinberger in criticizing the “heavy-handed smear job” of Rep. Mike Thompson in Sunday’s New York Times.

Last week, we highlighted Talia Baiocchi’s argument that “Greece’s unfortunate circumstances may offer the best chance it’s ever had of capturing the U.S. market.” This week, Viviane Bauquet Farre looks at the red wines of Greece. (H/T: Eric Asimov.)

At the sixth annual ShipCompliant Direct Shipping conference, one of the best-attended sessions was “Social Media and Third-Party Marketing.” Wines & Vines has the details on what was discussed.

Comments (1)

  1. David, part of the issue for the decline of imports might be because TTB has been unbelievably slow at processing label approvals. The AOC changes and increased alcohol content all mean that importers need to get new labels, and that takes so much time. I predict we’ll see imports go up in the fall as everyone gets their labels.