Devastating Wildfires and Heatwave Pummeling Multiple Australian Producing Regions

Over 20 wineries, 700+ homes, are sustainaning damage from 70+ Wildfires in Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia Australia is reeling from a new record 3 day high temperature streak. Parts of The Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley, Mt. Lofty Ranges, Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island are grappling with encroaching wildfires. Hunter Valley Wineries areContinue reading “Devastating Wildfires and Heatwave Pummeling Multiple Australian Producing Regions”

Tumultuous Year in Wine Leads to more personnel changes

Slowing imports and sales in Asia have taken another casualty. Craig Aldous announced that he has left Summergate, their third CEO in the past five years. This follows major shakeups at Cofco and ASC. Over 2000 importers have been reported to have gone out of business in the first half of 2019 according to ChinaContinue reading “Tumultuous Year in Wine Leads to more personnel changes”

Chablis 2019 will be a top quality vintage

BIVB says initial quality showing comparable or almost as good as record 2018 vintage. Time to restock your cellars from these better vintages following closely after two very difficult years in a row. Frosts did have some impact to reduce the yield but quality of the fruit is high and initial inspections on the winesContinue reading “Chablis 2019 will be a top quality vintage”

VinePair’s 50 Top Wines of 2019 Announced

It’s list season as we approach the end of the decade. For your holiday season entertainment and gift needs some goodies excerpted from the Top 50. Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle, always a good drop. At #11 delivers way above it’s price band. This blend of three distinct vintages intends to recreate the perfect vintage expression ofContinue reading “VinePair’s 50 Top Wines of 2019 Announced”

Hong Kong’s Summer of Unrest to become Winter of Our Discontent

Hong Kong Wine Market Facing Worst Slump in Decades Retail industry facing prospects of 10% layoffs. Restaurants already have retrenched over 6%. Recent headlines from Vino Joy, Straights Times and South China Morning Post indicated that Hong Kong’s months long protests have already reduced the GDP by over 2%. Retailers have seen plunging revenues downContinue reading “Hong Kong’s Summer of Unrest to become Winter of Our Discontent”