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The surge of hard seltzer

“Perfect storm” threat to wine in the US from decreasing consumption and hard seltzer taking centre stage The story of the US wine market for the last 20 years has been one of more or less continually increasing sales. It’s been an unstoppable…
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Wine list as bottleneck

Does the way a restaurant sells wine need a makeover? Wine Intelligence’s eminence grise of the on-premise, Brian Howard, believes so. How does a restaurant grow its wine sales? Some grumbling diners might answer: “stop charging so much”.…
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Tariff trouble ahead – for everyone

Richard Halstead discusses the impact of a possible 100% tariffs on European wine for the US and global wine industry If you’re looking at how the world wine industry is keeping its head above water in the 21st Century, you might be forgiven…
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Never mind the facts

Wine consumers appear to be caring more and spending more, while knowing less about the category One of the key trends for 2020 is the shifting relationship consumers have with the category of wine. Despite falling levels of wine knowledge,…
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The four 'R's

A handy guide to Wine Intelligence industry trends for 2020 Beware January, with the airwaves and wifi thick with trends and predictions for the coming year. A close reading of many offerings, plus a bit of careful Googling, tend to show that…
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The Reflective Twenties?

Our annual predictions for the first year of the next decade enter the stage to sombre mood music, reflecting the challenges our industry faces over the next 12 months Wine is a risky business. It remains an agricultural product, dependent…
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The plural drinker

The biggest threat to the wine industry in the next decade may be coming from regular wine drinkers substituting wine for other drinks at certain occasions, such as hard seltzer and cannabis wine Until recently, wine has managed to navigate…
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The slow ascent of cannabis wine

A number of drinks businesses are betting on success over the next few years by removing alcohol from wine and adding cannabis in some form, targeting the same younger, premium-oriented consumers that are currently driving value growth in the…
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Will gin drink wine under the table?

As wine consumption in the UK declines, gin consumption has been steadily increasing. Are these trends connected? It is not news that wine consumption in the UK has been on the decline over the past few years. Since 2014, the volume of nine…