Russia grows sufficient grapes and imports enough bulk to produce three quarters of the wine and brandy labeled as ‘Russian’. Despite recent legislation, it is not clear where the remaining 25 percent comes from. The picture is further complicated by the blurred line between spirits and wine production in Russia. Meininger’s investigates
No other appellation or classification in France or elsewhere rivals St Emilion in the creation of regular disputes between estate owners and the authorities, and each other. And, as the most recent verdict by the Bordeaux court against the INAO reveals, nothing has changed.
The line between wines, beers, spirits, soft drinks and alternatives is becoming increasingly blurred - as Coca Cola and Constellation are demonstrating. Robert Joseph has his own opinion on the subject.
Global bulk wine specialists, Ciatti, report early expectations of good volumes of wine being produced in South America, Australia and South Africa, but note worries about inflation, supply-chain delays and potential shortages of white wine.
According to a recent report in the Financial Times, three quarters of Britain’s smaller importers are not prepared for new post-Brexit EU border regulations that come into force on January 1, 2022. These will, according to 2019 estimates by the UK government involve nearly 200m extra customs declarations.