The South Korean wine market is showing impressive growth. Behavioural shifts that evolved during the global pandemic, such as drinking at home, ordering and studying wine online, are becoming more widespread. New categories like natural, orange, biodynamic and lower alcohol wine are spiking consumer interest, and the demand for wine education is surging. The increasing popularity of wine amongst younger drinkers indicates additional growth opportunities for brand owners and producers. Louise Hurren reports.
In 2021, thirsty US wine drinkers popped 69% more Champagne corks than the previous year. Some of that dramatic increase can be attributed to the impact of Covid on 2020, but sales are still growing and, as Sarah Philips McCartan reveals, France’s iconic fizz is not the only beneficiary of this trend.
The United Kingdom has one of the highest tax regimes on alcohol in the world. It was feared that a new regime to be applied next February would have made matters even worse, while introducing unworkable impracticality into the UK trade. Those threats have been lifted. For the moment.
The 2022 harvest in Champagne, which began on 20 August, is over, and grapegrowers and winemakers are looking forward to replenishing the region's empty cellars with plentiful stocks of high quality wine.
In recent years, traditional wine critics have been increasingly supplanted by young influencers on Instagram and YouTube. Freshly returned from a 'Sommelier Bootcamp' Robert Joseph wonders if that new breed of communicators might be about to face a challenge of their own.
A good 60 white wines other than Riesling entered the lineup at the preview. This large complement to the traditional white wine GGs is far more than a marginal note of the Wiesbaden preview. Some of the wines were of a particularly high standard. Christoph Nicklas reports.
Ukraine has recently begun to rediscover its winemaking, receiving international recognition, obtaining ever higher marks at international competitions. However, all these challenges were nothing compared to the problems, which Ukrainian winemakers face due to the Russian invasion and war, which started in February 2022. Guest article by Jenia Nikolaichuk, Ukrainian wine expert and Andrii Tarasov (Hochschule Geisenheim University).