(Drinks retailing news) Campaigner Chris
Snowdon exposed Public Health England for
massaging evidence to push through a
reduction in UK alcohol guidelines, and
believes PHEs relationship with the
anti-drink lobby (including holding its
Alcohol Leadership Board meetings at the
offices of a temperance group) is worryingly
cosy for a state agency.
harvest down 20%
(The Drinks Business) Revising earlier 15%
estimates, spring frosts, heatwaves and
drought result in a 35.6 Million
Hectolitre harvest, down 19.6% on 2016 and
17.6% on a 6-year average.
Drought to hit
South Africa's 2018 wine harvest
(Reuters) Drought in the Western Cape since
May 2017 has led to water restrictions
affecting the region's vineyards, whilst
frost damage adds tot he likelihood of the
smallest harvest for a decade.
production plummets to 1960s levels
(Decanter) The International Organisation of
Vine and Wine (OIV) shows an 8% fall in
global production levels - 2016 was already
a 20 year low - with Spain, France and Italy
badly affected by 2017's weather (declines
of 15%, 19% and 23% respectively).
Winegrape Loss from California Wildfires
(Growing Produce) Vines rows acted as
firebreaks, limiting damage to California
vineyards. “Since most of the grapes were
harvested before the fire, smoke taint for
this harvest will be limited".
Raging Through Wine Country
(Wine Searcher) At least 15 (42) dead and
over 2000 buildings destroyed, including
several wineries, as wildfires devastate
Napa and Sonoma levaing many without power.
vineyard ruling – Five key questions
(Decanter) Jane Anson looks at June's
decision to introduce Viñedos Singulares
(singular vineyard designation) to
Rioja. Each label will mean hand-harvested
grapes from lower-yielding, >35 year old
vineyards. For the first few years at least
this will likely be applicable to only ~1%
of Riojan wine.
Outlook for English Fizz
(Wine Searcher) "Despite all the hype
surrounding English wine, very few
(producers) are actually turning a
profit" with the weather, specifically
frost, being the major worry for most.
Joins the Grand Cru Class
(Wine Searcher) After 34 years of principled
opposition do a "diluted classification" the
renowned Alsace producer registered for
Grand Cru status from the 2015 vintage.