Although there has been a clear revival in the popularity of gin, and an explosion of new brands, we have seen that the impact has been limited to the premium-plus categories. New and existing customers have traded up, leaving the lower-value categories to continue to decline. There is little evidence to suggest that the renaissance […]
The Renaissance of Gin, 4: Conclusions and Commentary, how the category and market may develop over the next 10 years
Gin’s revival in popularity has been driven by many of the same factors that were important in gin’s earlier history – the role of marketing/brands, the impact of legislation, developments in flavours and the link to cocktails and fashionability. Four events have been particularly important. Marketing innovations by IDV led the way. In 1988, IDV […]
EU law defines three categories of gin: “Gin” is the basic category. Flavourings, either natural or artificial, are mixed (cold compounded) with the base spirit and other approved colourings and sweeteners are added. A molasses-based spirit may be used (often cheaper), giving a softer feel. “Distilled Gin” is made by redistilling the mixture of diluted […]
The essay in four parts explores the history of gin up until 1985, its production, the revival in consumption over the past 30 years, and looks forward to how the market might develop over the next 10 years. This essay focuses primarily on the UK market although reference is made to other markets where relevant, […]
It is sometimes said that the young people of today do not drink wine. It may be true or not, but whatever the case it is very different from one country to another. A recent market report shows surprisingly positive numbers from New York and London. An overwhelming majority of the young people in these […]
“Britagne” (*) is British bubble and not a French province misspelled There has been much media noise about the new sparkling wines from north of the Channel, grown on the English limestone and chalk soils that are similar to those found in Champagne. Is England a (or the) future producer of sparkling wines in the […]
Meadowdale Wines on the Isle of Wight is a fairly new English wine importer started by Swede Jan Lindfeldt. He specializes in wines produced with as little additives as possible. He says that he does not know what he should call his wines: “natural, raw, real, naked or pure … “. Instead he just calls […]
BKWine among WBI’s Major Wine Media Players WBI looks at Scandinavia, China, Russia, Germany, UK, US and Brazil Meininger’s Wine Business International (WBI) is an eminently readable magazine about … the business of wine. In their June issue they looked at wine media across the globe and attempted to identify which are the major players […]
Apparently they have become pretty good at making wine in England these days. I haven’t had the opportunity to try any of the recent wines myself but if you are interested (I do hope you are!) then you can taste a wide range of wines from Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire on Saturday 15 September at […]
Oddbins used to be a leading British retail chain known for a good wine selection and unusual shops. A few years ago it was sold, following a period of difficulty due to the tightening of the UK retail scene, to the French company Castel, itself one of France’s biggest wine producers. However, Castel have struggled […]
The Midsummer House in Cambridge is a restaurant starred by the Michelin Guide. It was recently attacked and vandalized by terrorists who belonged to The Animal Liberation Front (ALF). The vandals destroyed doors and windows of the restaurant and spray painted slogans on the walls. The restaurant has chosen to remove foie gras from its […]
A while back we wrote about the odd rule in the UK that prohibits selling wine by the glass in small measures. Some wine merchants and wine bars had started to offer very exclusive wines in “tasting sample” sizes that were not the regulation size wine glass but, we were told, had had to stop […]
The Scandinavian monopoly markets don’t have a, ehrr, monopoly on silly rules…: Some English wine shops (e.g. The Sampler and Selfridges) have opened wine bars in connection with the shops to give the customers the possibility to taste some of the wines before buying. They have also sold some very exclusive wines by the glass […]
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