Latest figures released by Statistics NZ for the year to December 2015 show that there was a fall in the volume of wine “available for consumption” by 3.3% and a rise in the volume of spirits “available for consumption” by 4.5%. Beer shows little change.
Our politicians should think carefully before tightening liquor laws if the Sydney experience is anything to go by. In an effort to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence in bars and clubs, parts of Sydney have been required to shut their doors to new patrons from 1:30am and stop serving alcohol at 3:00am.
Wine marketers are happy to let us know when a Riesling is dry (even when it is Medium-dry), but few are prepared to reveal the fact that a wine is medium-dry, medium or medium-sweet. I assume they feel that any mention of sweetness could discourage potential buyers. But when someone buys a wine expecting it to be dry or off-dry, they’re going to be even more pissed off when they discover the wine is too sweet for their Bluff oysters.
Deloitte and NZ Winegrowers have been jointly publishing an annual survey of the wine industry since 2006. It’s a useful measure of industry health by an independent and respected financial group.
Riesling can be anything between bone-dry and lusciously sweet, but there is often little indication of this fundamental difference on the label.
Wine Marlborough’s attempt to produce a detailed, accurate map of Marlborough vineyards is being hampered by the lack of co-operation by a handful of large wine producers, according to general manager Marcus Pickens.
The University of California David researchers tested the true alcohol levels of 100,000 bottles of wine from 11 countries and compared the results with the alcohol levels stated on the label.
Giesen Wines has lured award-winning winemaker Nikolai St George (pictured), formerly of Matua, as its chief winemaker in Marlborough, effective January 25.
Nikolai St George, Matua Valley’s talented chief winemaker has resigned and will leave the company in January 2016, according to a spokesman from Treasury Wines.
Babich Wines have just released a special edition 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon that, according to my records, sets a new record for the highest current vintage (as opposed to a library wine) 750ml bottle of wine.