Monthly Archives: August 2012


Innovation critical in flooded wine market

In case you have not heard, times are tough for all business sectors, notwithstanding the wine industry.  The familiar landscapes I enjoy on a weekly basis are changing with the increased number of FOR SALE signs standing alongside vineyards. I have previously written and spoken out in favour of embracing innovation that will advance the wine […]


Champagne growing season ‘worst in decades’

Champagne has had the worst growing season for several decades and the prospects for the 2012 harvest look increasingly bleak. Even with improved weather in the run-up to harvest, expected to start around 20 September, yields will be significantly down on recent years with frost, hail, protracted and uneven flowering and […]


Gallo swoops for Courtside Cellars

Wine giant E&J Gallo is to buy the Courtside Cellars business to feed growing demand for wines from California’s Central Coast. The company said the purchase, for an undisclosed sum, would include Courtside’s 12-year-old winery at San Miguel, capable of crushing 60,000 tons of grapes, along with 34 acres of land […]