Wine and Beverage News Round-up Week of Jan. 23rd 2016

Every Friday Uncorkd compiles the most recent restaurant and beverage industry stories that had us talking. Here’s our list of must-read articles from the web this week. This is a wine-heavy new’s week featuring overall wine market drops, the rise of sustainable wine practices in California, and Port wine being your favorite bartender’s new favorite ingredient. Here are the can’t miss news stories from January  23rd-29th.

The news surrounding wine can be conflicting at times. It’s the highs and lows of business. As new markets like direct-to-consumer wine have emerged, traditional markets are seeing conflicting trends. Overall wine sales have dipped, but premium wine purchasing is on the rise.

In other conflicting beverage news, big commercial cider growth has slowed. Nielsen’s numbers only give insight to big box brands, but craft and local market cider seems to be effervescent and selling.

Exploring the potential effects of a merger between two of the U.S.’s largest wine distributors, Wine Spectator talks to wine industry professionals about the impact of Southern-Glazer’s new joint operation and if the merger will cause increase to the cost of wine for restaurants and retailers.

Oregon is the leader in American Tempranillo production. Spain’s native grape has adapted well to the climate of the Pacific-Northwest. Tempranillo fans should look to try Oregon’s offerings.

Does a vineyard’s dirt affect your wine? If you don’t want to think about dirt in your wine, don’t read this article.

Diageo, the world’s largest liquor company, saw a 5% drop in sales, equaling some $400 million. Sales of their top brands remained strong, though.

Will lower-ABV wines become more popular thanks to healthy eating & drinking trends?

Port wine is seeing a resurgence thanks to a sweet spot it finds as cocktail ingredient.

A new CSWA wine report highlights the growth of sustainable wine practices in California. That certainly seems a wise move as wine producers are still dealing with the effects of a significant drought.

Forbes writes about some of the wine trends no-one is talking about,  and undermines there own headline by talking about it.

That’s all for this week’s Uncorkd Weekly News Round Up. Check in with us next Friday to find the stories you missed during the week.


Kyle Thacker