Wines of Chile to increase small producer participation

Aurelio Montes Sr., president of Wines of Chile, has recently outlined his objectives in getting smaller producers involved in the trade group “Wines of Chile”.

Montes who took over as president last month has stated that one of his objectives is to offer reduced or free entry for small producers to join the organization.

“My role is to make Chile better known and more respected,” he said. “I think small producers are weaker as they don’t have the resources to travel and put their wines out into the market, in the same way that a larger producer does.”

Speaking more generally about his plans for his two years in office, Montes echoed the trade organization’s goal to raise the profile of Chilean wine.

“I aim to make Chile better known, although we are pretty successful already. In terms of wine production, we are number one among the new world countries and we are fourth in the world as a whole. So that puts Chile in a very privileged position and we’re really happy about that.

“Chile is perceived as a country with good value for money, inexpensive wines – unbeatable value for money I would say. One of my targets is to put Chile where it deserves, although it is already a well-renowned country, it deserves to be a couple of steps higher and in a better position.”

Montes also revealed that the organization was focusing its attention on its top three markets – China, the US and Brazil – with the aim of doubling its activities in each of the markets. In particular, he spoke of a desire to “recover the American market” after losing ground since the financial crisis in 2008.

Montes will be president of Wines of Chile until 2021. He is a well-respected figure in the industry and a founding member of Viña Montes.

Source: Drinks Business

Italy is named the world’s best wine country

Italy has been ranked as the best country in the world for wine lovers in a recent survey by Lastminute.com.

The survey compared thirty wine-producing countries by various criteria with Italy finishing with the highest score. It beat out other counties due to the fact that it offers the most wine tasting experiences; with 993 overall to choose from, and Italy has a total of 21 wine regions.

But how did Italy top France?

In three instances:

1. The number of wine tasting experiences – Italy 993 vs. France 406;
2. Italy has more vineyards open to the public – Italy 33 vs. France 31; and
3. The average price of a bottle of wine is less in Italy – €4.77 vs. €5.73 in France.

For the record, France came second, Spain third, South Africa fourth, Portugal fifth, while Australia came in 15th place, Canada 24th, and the US at 27th. The UK, which is fast making a name for itself for the quality of its sparkling wines, came in 30th place on the list.

https://www.lastminute.com/en/discover/wine-lovers-travel-index

Prosecco receives UNESCO World Heritage status

The status was officially announced on Sunday for the Prosecco landscape, and includes Le Colline del Prosecco di Conegliano e Valdobbiadene, and the DOCG vine growing area; “characterized by ‘hogback’ hills, ciglioni — small plots of vines on narrow grassy terraces — forests, small villages, and farmland,” states UNESCO.

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee, met in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Sunday to congratulate Italy and its Veneto Prosecco region.

The campaign to nominate Prosecco started in 2008, and Italy’s National Commission for UNESCO officially gave its support January 2017. The application included submitting a 1,300-page dossier.

‘For centuries, this rugged terrain has been shaped and adapted by man.’
In particular, the training of vines since the 17th century has helped contribute to the unique aesthetics of the landscape.

This region spans over 500 towns, with 15 towns producing Prosecco Superiore DOCG – the top-quality bubbly produced.

Italy has more UNESCO sites than any other country in the world, with a total of 55.
Some wine regions, including Barolo and Pantelleria, with seven UNESCO sites in Tuscany.

Sales of Prosecco rose six percent in 2018 to 460 million bottles, of which 75 percent were exported.

Official UNESCO details:
N45 57 10.9 E12 13 34
Date of Inscription: 2019
Property : 20,334.2 ha
Buffer zone: 43,988.2 ha
Ref: 1571rev
Full description is available under license CC-BY-SA IGO 3.0

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1571/

LCBO ANNOUNCES GRAND OPENING OF A LANDMARK STORE IN DOWNTOWN TORONTO

LCBO is welcoming it’s newest addition to its retail store network. The King and Spadina store is relocating two blocks south to 49 Spadina Ave. – Clarence Square. The 22,000 square foot store includes 13,935 square feet of retail selling space.

Housed on the main floor of the Steele Briggs Seed Company building, a Toronto heritage landmark, the space has been converted into one of the most impressive and enticing stores to-date. Located in the vibrant King West district, the new store serves the growing areas of Queen Street West, King Street West, the Entertainment District, and the Waterfront District.

The in-store features include:

Same Day Pick Up: The new location offers the Same Day Pick Up service, where customers have the option to place orders online at LCBO.com and visit one of the designated stores for pick up within hours of ordering.

Tasting Bar: A walk-around tasting bar in the Vintages section is a learning hub for year-round events and tastings, offering engaging experiences and opportunities to interact with makers, brand ambassadors and special in-store appearances.

Tasting Stations: Incorporated throughout the store, tasting stations spotlight new products for customers to sample and purchase.

Product Expansion: The new store is expanding the product offering, with over 1,900 products available for purchase with a large focus on VQA and Ontario Craft Brewer products for customers to bring local home.

Spirits Shops: Along with the established Whisky Shop, the store features the newly launched rum, gin and tequila shops with over 40 new, exclusive or premium selections.

Customers are invited to attend the grand opening on July 9 at 9:30 a.m. and enjoy week-long in-store tasting activations with brand partners and suppliers including: Stella Artois, Nütrl, Stoli, Pelee Island, Ketel One Botanicals, Family Wine Merchants, Côtes des Rosés and Steam Whistle Brewing.

49 Spadina by the numbers:

· 2,740 brands

· 134 VQA wines

· 219 Ontario wines

· 797 Vintages products

· 40 new spirits releases

· #1 LCBO store in Ontario Craft Beer sales

· 146 Local Ontario Craft Brewer listings

· 22,000 square feet

· 13,935 square feet of retail selling space

· 328 linear feet of beer refrigeration

· 40 linear feet of wine refrigeration

· 11 customer service checkouts

· 1 Same Day Pick Up Counter

· 42 employees, including 2 Product Consultants

Store hours are Monday – Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.., Friday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Sunday, 10:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Cocktails are becoming one of Britain’s fastest-growing drinks categories, according to new research

The popularity of cocktails and the fact they are more widely available has helped boost sales through Britain’s pubs, bars, and restaurants by 10 % over the past 12 months taking the market value to £587m, says CGA’s Mixed Drinks Report Q1 2019.

The number of licensed premises selling cocktails has risen 7 % in the past year, with 42,000 on-trade outlets. Drinks-led pubs have been particularly fast to respond to demand, with a growing number opting to sell pre-prepared or draught cocktails.

Based on the on-trade, number one in the Top 10 list of mainstream cocktails is the vodka-based Pornstar Martini, served with a shot of Prosecco on the side. Sales of Pornstar Martini have risen 2 % over the past 12 months and accounting for 15.3 % of cocktails sold.

Having fallen from its top slot, the white-rum based Mojito is Britain’s second favorite cocktail, accounting for 12.4 % of mainstream sales, down 1.2 % from last year.

Occupying the rest of the Top 10 are: Long Island Iced Tea, Sex on the Beach, Daiquiri, Woo Woo, Espresso Martini, Martini, Pina Colada and Collins.

Charlie Mitchell, CGA drinks expert said: “There are two clear trends coming through in the mainstream consumer’s preference for cocktails – that of shorter, more complex drinks with a higher ABV like the Martini cocktails, but also a growing preference for longer, more refreshing drinks such as the Collins which has a more sophisticated, less sweet flavor profile.”

“Tastes have moved away from fruity, sweet drinks with the Woo Woo, Sex on the Beach and Cosmopolitan losing the most favor over the past 12 months.

“The growing popularity of Aperol Spritz and other spritz serves are part of the trend towards a lighter, more refreshing drink with a lower ABV and fewer ingredients allowing the taste of the base spirit to come through.”