Daily Wine News: Changing Tastes

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 11-23-2018

wineinboxIn Meininger’s, Roger Morris looks at the unstoppable rise of direct-to-consumer wine sales. “In 2017, US drinkers spent $2.69bn on 5.78m cases of wine – at an average of about $38.75 per bottle – purchased directly from wineries. That number is expected to top $3bn this year. These 2017 sales figures reflect an amazing 15.5% increase in value and a 15.3% increase in volume from 2016.”

Anton Moiseenko charts the changing tastes of Russian wine consumers in Meininger’s. “Another reason for wine producers to be optimistic about Russia is the recent trend towards retailers importing on their own behalf.”

Reuters reports that Portugal’s wine output sinks to two-decade low amid global rise. “Almost all Portuguese regions were affected, including the Douro Valley in the north, famous for its port wines and various fine reds. But the southern region of Alentejo, which produces quality table wines popular at home and abroad, managed to preserve 2017 output levels.”

In Decanter, Jane Anson revisits the “hugely acclaimed” 2015 vintage in Pauillac. (subscription req.)

In Wine-Searcher, Liza B. Zimmerman reports on Copper Cane Winery, owned by Wagner, which has just been ordered by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) to change the label on its Elouan wine line.

Somms and bartenders share their tips for getting through the busiest season of the year in SevenFifty Daily.

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