Argentina joins New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, Canada and the US/California in forming a New World Wine Alliance to boost performance in the Chinese market

Industry body Wines of Argentina has signed an agreement with Shanghai’s Grapea & Co to be part of the alliance aimed at furthering the perception of New World wine in China.

The project, which began in June and will run until October this year, will take the form of a marketing and educational campaign supported by Grapea & Co’s Yang Lu, China’s first Master Sommelier.

The campaign will focus on both online content, transmitted through social media and blogging platforms, as well as wine and sommelier competitions.

The free content will be available on the New World Wine WeChat account and will consist of 18 virtual masterclasses on New World wine regions and 42 videos on topics such as the wine history, viticulture, winemaking, news, cultural traditions and food and wine matching.

These will also be made available on other platforms including Tik Tok, Dianping, and T-Mall.

In addition, the initiative will also feature 22 live broadcasts from key industry figures and popular wine bloggers.

According to the latest data, the scheme has already proved successful. In the first 15 days after the launch in June, the content platforms recorded a total of 68,000 visits and more than 8,000 views of video content.

Commenting on Argentina’s involvement in the project, Maximiliano Hernández Toso, who took over as president of Wines of Argentina earlier this year, said: “Being part of a project of this magnitude reflects the recognition that Argentine wine has gained internationally and the development of its industry.

“I believe that this is a great opportunity for our flagship product to expose its full potential, supporting and accompanying the drive of the collective strength of regions and countries that scale the world stage. We are confident of the impact of continued education and in working with international opinion leaders, such as, in this case, Yang Lu, the only Chinese Master Sommelier in the world.”

It follows news that Argentina was the only country to record an increase in both import volume and value of wine sent to China between January and May this year.

Women in Wine Talks — Fall Schedule

Les Dames d’Escoffier Ontario (Canada) is proud to host  “Women in Wine Talks™” as an online platform to raise awareness of women in the wine industry to impact positive change. We shine the spotlight on global women business leaders, winemakers, authors and industry experts.

The Concept
Women in Wine Talks™ are inspiring conversations, virtual wine-tastings and panel discussions with wine industry experts.

“Memorable and Elevated Virtual Experiences”

Women in Wine Talks™ is designed for every wine lover, at all levels; with international participation.

Past speakers included:

Elizabeth Gabay, MW
One of the world’s foremost authorities on rosé wines, is the author of ‘Rosé: Understanding the Pink Wine Revolution’, and President of the Jury at International Rosé Challenge – Rose Tasting and Talk.

Maggie Henriquez, Ph.D., CEO Krug
Leadership in Challenging Times with Maggie Henriquez CEO of Krug Champagne – Leadership Talk

Janet Dorozynski, PhD
Trade Commissioner Canadian Wine, Beer and Spirits
Q and A with Moderator: Shari Mogk-Edwards

Watch this space for our upcoming talks commencing September 2020, which will include:

Beatrice Cointreau
She was born into a long line of vine-growers and distillers.  Beatrice has her Master of  Law, in business, an MBA, studied at the Bordeaux Institute of Oenology, and at the ISIPCA European School of perfumery. She is also the great-granddaughter of the Cointreau liquor founder and granddaughter of the founder of Rémy Martin.

Reva Singh
Founder & Editor-in-Chief of India’s first wine magazine Sommelier India

Ariane Khaida
Executive Director of the Chateau Wines Division Barons de Rothschild

Lorraine Immelman
CEO, Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards (South Africa)

Father and Daughter team of Michel Drappier and Charline Drappier of Champagne Drappier

Ann Sperling
A leading force in the Canadian movement towards organic and biodynamic fine winemaking 9BC Winery and winery in Argentina)

Alysha Harker
Canadian Director for Riedel

…and many more exciting speakers in the world of wine and spirits!

Recent Testimonials:

What a successful inaugural virtual event! It was very interesting to learn there are over 400 appellations for Rosé wines, and how the various regions are grouped together. Elizabeth Gabay is exceptionally knowledgeable, and very generous sharing her passion, about Rosé wines. As she spoke to us from her home in the south of France, it was entertaining tasting wines virtually and comparing comments with each of the participants. There are a few I plan to try as a result! I am looking forward to the next virtual wine event!  Shari Mogk-Edwards

Janet Doroznyski’s presentation
Very informative and helpful presentation.  Thank you!
Jessica DiFruscia

I was honoured to be included in the LDEO Women in Wine Talks. Leadership in Challenging Times with Maggie Henriquez was inspirational and poignant.  Ms. Henriquez shared her life work and experiences while sharing optimism for the future.  Thank you Liz for setting this up.
Doris Bradley, Professor, George Brown College

I was really pleased to participate to Women in Wine Talks’ on-line conference on last June 23rd: Leadership in Challenging Times with Maggie Henriquez, President and CEO of Krug Champagne. Maggie is a very high-level personality with a great and riche experience. During one hour, Maggie shared honestly her experiences in top-level wine and/or spirits global groups. Her words were really inspiring. We can define her as a self-made woman who had different leadership and crisis management experiences – as top-level group leader – in global groups in Southern America, Northern America, Europe.  She gave concrete examples of crisis management and solutions development through her own experience.  She also clearly told to participants her point of views and clues about trends after current covid-19 crisis: crisis is always a hard step full of challenges but generating new business opportunities.

The on-line conference organization was also very high-level. First of all, to share debates with Maggie and also at a technical level. We were over 25 people connected at the same time from different countries.

Special thanks to really great job done by Liz Palmer, Founder UPsocial Wine + Spirits and her associate, Virginia Hutton – Loïc OROFINO, France

Wonderful webinar with Maggie Henriquez, CEO of Maison Krug. Inspiring to hear her talk about the various times throughout her business career when the world, and wine world, was in the midst of a global crisis and how she navigated through – with the key message being to support and retain your staff against all odds. The only thing that would have made it better was to have a glass of Krug in hand.
Janet Dorozynski, Ph.D. Dip WSET, WSET® Certified Educator
Trade Commissioner, Canadian Wine, Beer and Spirits and TourismTrade Sectors Bureau (BBI)/Bureau de secteurs commerciaux (BBI)
Global Affairs Canada/Affaires mondiales Canada

Galleon launched its new online (wine) boutique in Ontario

Starting this week consumers can explore a selection of over 150 exclusive wines and spirits from Galleon’s online catalog, including a large selection of 90+ rated wines, from estates amongst the most beautiful in the world; large formats, older vintages, and everyday wines including direct delivery to your home, office or boat.

The Website

The website is lots of fun to navigate. You will find curated sections like “90+ points wines”, “new arrivals”, “large formats” for summer gatherings – there are lots to choose from.  You won’t find these wines in any stores, but you might find some of them on some restaurant or hotel wine lists in Ontario or other parts of Canada.

After you place an order

Delivery is free in the GTA — there is a nominal delivery fee for customers living in other parts of Ontario. And to get you started, first-time customers will receive a 10% off their first order using the code GALLEONLAUNCH.

Online-store:  ON.GALLEONWINES.CA

Wines are constantly being added to the Galleon website, sometimes they are in very limited quantities, so like me, you’ll want to subscribe to their newsletter, and here you will receive up-to-the-minute alerts. Subscribers will also receive invitations to events, dinners with visiting winemakers, along with other special offers.

I’m so excited to be part of Galleon’s new direction for online shopping and delivery of fine wines in Ontario.  I will be reviewing some of my favorites, in the next few weeks, so watch for the reviews at www.liz-palmer.com and on all my social channels.

 

Canadian Wine Imports Accelerate During the Pandemic

Canadian wine imports grew by 11% in May relative to the same month a year ago based on data collected by the Canada Border Services Agency. This follows a double-digit volume gain in April and a slight contraction in March. For the three-month period beginning in March, the month when the COVID-19 outbreak was officially declared a pandemic, wine imports increased by 6% to 13.3 million cases. This represents an acceleration in demand as imports had slipped a bit during the 12 months leading up to the pandemic.

Spirits also gained ground over the last three months with a 7% increase in volume, but beer imports plunged 16%.

Canada is the 8th largest global wine importer and imported wines, including bulk wines destined for International Canadian Blends (ICBs), represent around 85% of Canadian wine sales by volume. Among the largest provincial markets, growth has been strongest in British Columbia and Ontario. Quebec, the country’s leading wine importer, has experienced only a slight increase in volume since the pandemic began while Alberta has recorded a double-digit decline.

The value of imported wines has increased at a slower pace than volume – suggesting that consumers have traded down during the pandemic. Indeed, gains over the last three months were driven largely by surging bulk wine shipments (specifically from California), which are typically blended with domestic wine and marketed as value-priced ICBs. Bulk wine imports grew by 10% relative to the same period last year.

Packaged wine imports increased at about half that rate with wines in large format containers of two liters or more (think boxed wine) outpacing those arriving in smaller bottles. Italian wines led the pack in the packaged wine category with a 13% year-over-year increase in volume. Demand for bubbles also appears to have accelerated during the pandemic as sparkling wine imports popped by 13%.

The import data suggests that wine demand in Canada remains healthy, but the Canadian wine industry has not fared as well in terms of exports, though they are not a major source of income. For the three months ending in May, packaged wine exports declined by 54% in value and 66% in volume. By comparison, Canadian beer exports were down by nearly 25% in both value and volume while spirits bucked the trend with only a slight decline in volume and a solid gain in value.

Source:  Vintage Economics

Women in Wine Talks is thrilled to have Janet Dorozynski, Trade Commissioner for Canadian wine, beer and spirits at Global Affairs Canada speak July 7th 1:00 pm

 

Women in Wine Talks is thrilled to have Janet Dorozynski, Trade Commissioner for Canadian wine, beer and spirits at Global Affairs Canada, the only national government job of its kind in the world speak July 7th at 1:00 pm.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-in-wine-talks-qa-with-janet-dorozynski-of-global-affairs-canada-tickets-111308560902

About this Event

A wonderful and interactive (Zoom Talk) opportunity to hear from Dr. Dorozynski and learn about Global Affairs Canada export initiatives to promote the sale of Canadian wines and spirits around the world.

About Janet Dorozynski, PhD, DipWSET

Janet Dorozynski has had a multi-faceted career working in and with the international and Canadian wine industry for two decades. While living in Brussels and completing her PhD from Concordia University in Montreal, Janet became captivated by all things wine (and beer, spirits, cider, food…) and in 2000, packed in the books and papers to work for Wines of South Africa at their headquarters in Stellenbosch.

Since returning to Canada, she has worked in international business development, marketing, media, government and public relations and as an educator at Niagara and Algonquin Colleges. Janet currently divides her time between her day job as Trade Commissioner for Canadian wine, beer and spirits at Global Affairs Canada, the only national government job of its kind in the world. She works with the Canadian industry on global export initiatives and manages a programme that assists Canadian embassies around the world to purchase and serve Canadian wine, beer and spirits.

Janet is regularly invited to present and moderate at academic and trade conferences, events and masterclasses as a result of her extensive industry knowledge and tasting widely from all regions of Canada. She holds the WSET Diploma, is a WSET certified educator and a Professional Affiliate of Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI).

On her own time, Janet has been reviewing, writing, traveling to wine regions and judging at competitions in North and South America, Europe and Asia for over twenty years. She is currently a writer and judge at Wine Align, the wine columnist for Luxe Magazine Ottawa, and has written and consulted for The World Atlas of Wine, Gismondi on Wine, Vines Magazine and WineTelevision.com, one of Canada’s earliest online publications and TV series.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-in-wine-talks-qa-with-janet-dorozynski-of-global-affairs-canada-tickets-111308560902

Limited Space.