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ASIA WINE SHOWS UPDATE: SINGAPORE AND CHENGDU POSTPONED, HK STAYS PUT FOR NOW

NEWS 17-2-2020

This year's ProWine Asia Singapore show and the China Food and Drinks Chengdu show have been postponed due to COVID-19, while Vinexpo Hong Kong stays put for now.



葡萄酒開始沒落?  Hard Seltzer在美國異軍突起

FOCUS 13-2-2020

近年一款叫Hard Seltzer的酒精飲品,不但包裝奪目,更擁有低熱量低酒精等優勢,在美國年青千禧族間大受歡迎,誓有威脅葡萄酒的趨勢,連葡萄酒巨頭EJ Gallo也要加入這個市場。



FREE BOOZE: ALCOHOL FLOWS FROM TAPS IN AN INDIAN RESIDENTIAL BLOCK

NEWS 12-2-2020

Excise officials dug a pit to dump confiscated liquor mistakenly contaminated a well which supplies fresh water to a nearby residential block affecting 18 families.



USA TRADE GROUPS: TRUMP’S EU WINE TARIFFS BENEFITED CHINA

NEWS 11-2-2020

Ahead of possible 100% tariffs on EU wines, two of USA’s wine trade groups said punitive tariffs failed to benefit them but benefited China and other markets instead.



SMART AUSSIE COUPLE ENJOY DRONE DELIVERED WINE ON QUARANTINED CRUISE

NEWS 10-2-2020

A smart Australian couple being quarantined in the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan managed to get their wine club to deliver two cases of wine by drone.



AUSSIE WINE CHINA EXPORT HIT AUD1.3B, CONTINUES TO BEAT FRANCE

NEWS 7-2-2020

Australia consolidated its position as China’s top source of imported wines ahead of France in 2019, the export grew by 12 percent in value to AUD1.3 billion.



BORDEAUX’S CITÉ DU VIN PLANS TO OPEN SISTER MUSEUM IN BEIJING

NEWS 6-2-2020

Bordeaux's wine museum Cité du Vin is planning to open a sister museum in Beijing's Fangshan District next year, the project is reported to cost USD66.5 million.



EU EXPORTED 17.3% MORE WINE TO JAPAN 10 MONTHS INTO FREE TRADE DEAL

NEWS 4-2-2020

Upon anniversary of EU-Japan free trade deal, statistics showed that wine exports from EU to Japan grew 17.3% in the first 10 months of the new trade agreement.



LOTTERY TO WIN LIMITED RELEASE OF 55YO YAMAZAKI STARTS THIS WEEK

NEWS 3-2-2020

Only 100 bottles of this whisky will be released at a price of ¥3 million (USD27,600), buyers will have to enter a lottery to be held 5-14 February in Japan.



Chablis或被剔出勃艮第     Beaujolais有望取代

FOCUS 30-1-2020

法國原產地機構INAO,日前建議將43個位於勃艮第南部,現屬於Beaujolais產區的村落,劃入勃艮第範圍內,並建議將64個位於產區北部Chablis地區的村落剔出,建議遭Chablis業界極力反對。



JAPAN’S SUNTORY BUYS 10% STAKE IN MACALLAN’S OWNER EDRINGTON

NEWS 29-1-2020

Japanese drinks giant Suntory Holdings is to buy a 10% stake in Scottish whisky producer Edrington, owner of The Macallan, for an undisclosed amount.



WINE AND CHEESE AMONG PRODUCTS PROTECTED BY EU-VIETNAM FREE TRADE DEAL

NEWS 28-1-2020

A total of 169 European products such as Champagne, Rioja and Feta cheese will enjoy protection in Vietnam when the EU-Vietnam free trade deal is approved next month.



FRENCH CHINESE IN BORDEAUX WINE TRADE AMONG CONFIRMED WUHAN VIRUS CASES

NEWS 27-1-2020

A French citizen of Chinese origin, 48, in the Bordeaux wine trade was confirmed to have contracted the new coronavirus, French health minister Agnès Buzyn has confirmed.



CHINA’S WINE PRODUCTION DROPPED FOR THE 6TH YEAR THOUGH DECLINE ABATING

NEWS 23-1-2020

China’s latest statistics showed that wine production dropped to 5.24 million hectoliters (mhl) in 2019 from 6.29 mhl in 2018, the sixth year of decline in a row.



INDIA PROPOSED TO HALVE DUTY-FREE ALCOHOL PURCHASE TO ONE LITER

NEWS 21-1-2020

The Indian Commerce Ministry has recommended to cut duty-free alcohol purchases for inbound passengers from two liters to one liter ahead of the Federal Budget on 1st February.



IWSR: CHINA BEAT FRANCE AND ITALY TO BECOME WORLD’S TOP RED WINE CONSUMER

NEWS 20-1-2020

Though USA remains world's biggest consumer of all wine types, China has emerged to be the biggest consumer of red wine, according to International Wine and Spirit Research.



VINEXPO HONG KONG 2020 WILL GO AHEAD DESPITE SOCIAL UNREST

NEWS 17-1-2020

The French organiser of Vinexpo Hong Kong said the 2020 show will go ahead in May as scheduled despite the social unrest which has disrupted the Asian financial hub.



SURVEY: 39% OF CHINA’S RICH PEOPLE LOVE WINES COMPARED TO 25% FOR BAIJIU

NEWS 16-1-2020

Thirty-nine percent of China’s high-net-worth individuals prefer wines compared to 25% who prefer baijiu, according to Hurun Chinese Luxury Consumer Survey 2020.



飲食新潮流: 響應Veganuary
尋找Vegan葡萄酒

FOCUS 15-1-2020

一月份真的很熱鬧,除了有Dry January外,又有鼓勵消費者只吃Vegan食物的Veganuary。很多人以為葡萄酒是Vegan飲品,卻原來大部份的葡萄酒,釀製過程採用了蛋白及魚膠等來自動物的材料,並不符合Vegan原則。



NIKKA TO SUSPEND SHIPMENTS OF THREE JAPANESE WHISKIES WITH AGE STATEMENTS

NEWS 14-1-2020

Japan’s Nikka Whisky Distillery has announced that they will suspend shipments of three products with age statements after the end of March due to a shortage of raw whisky.



INDIA’S WINE CAPITAL NASHIK RECEIVED 55K TOURISTS OVER THE HOLIDAY

NEWS 8-1-2020

Over 55,000 tourists from across India visited the wineries in Nashik district in Maharashtra State during the last 10 days in 2019, driving hotel occupancy rate to 100%.



NZ WINES LOOK SET TO GET CHEAPER IN SINGAPORE WITH UPGRADED TRADE PACT

NEWS 6-1-2020

The upgraded free trade agreement between New Zealand and Singapore took effect on 1st January, Singaporeans can look forward to possible drop in prices of New Zealand wines.



AMERICAN WINES MORE COMPETITIVE IN JAPAN AS US-JAPAN TRADE DEAL TOOK EFFECT

NEWS 2-1-2020

US-Japan trade agreement entered into force yesterday, US wine tariff in Japan was reduced and is expected to be phased out in seven years.



RED RED RED: CHILE TWINNED RED WINES WITH CHERRIES IN PROMOTIONS ACROSS CHINA

NEWS 30-12-2019

Wines of Chile and the Chilean Cherry Committee have recently joined forces to launch a Chilean red wines and cherries joint promotion across China.



AT LEAST 11 FILIPINOS DIED AFTER DRINKING BOOTLEG COCONUT LIQUOR

NEWS 27-12-2019

At least 11 people have died and more than 300 others are treated in hospital after drinking a traditional coconut liquor in the Philippines over Christmas holiday.



法式風波: 酒業面臨寒冬 
極力抗拒 Dry January

FOCUS 23-12-2019

Dry January這個課題,近日在法國引來一場風波,法國政府的衛生部門,計劃在一月份積極推動酒戒宣傳,並得到眾多社區衛生健康組織支持,然而法國酒界極力反對有關計劃,並向法國總統馬克龍投訴。



SCOTCH WHISKY AWARDED G.I. STATUS BY CAMBODIA AFTER CHAMPAGNE

NEWS 17-12-2019

Scotch Whisky has been awarded Geographical Indication (GI) status by Cambodia, the category is the second foreign product after Champagne to have earned GI status in the country.



SIGH OF RELIEF: U.S. PRODUCERS ESCAPED 4TH PUNITIVE CHINA TARIFFS TODAY

NEWS 16-12-2019

American wine producers have escaped the 4th round of punitive tariffs at 10% on their wine exports to China today as the trade war between USA and China has been paused for now.



AUSTRALIA’S ACCOLADE IN CHINA VISIT SEEKING TO EXPAND EXPORTS

NEWS 12-12-2019

Accolade Wines and its owner American private equity firm Carlyle Group have paid a high-profile visit to China seeking to expand wine exports to the country, Chinese media reported.



BURGUNDY EXPORTS TOPPED €1BILLION, CHINA MARKET UP 40.2%

NEWS 11-12-2019

Exports of Burgundy wines topped €1 billion for the first time, China is a stellar growth market with increase of 40.2% by volume and 29.6% by value.



INDIA ON WINE MAP: FIRST INDIAN BULK WINE SHIPMENT TO THE UK

NEWS 10-12-2019

The first ever bulk wine shipment from India to the UK is the Soul Tree brand, it will arrive in the UK this month ready for the busy Christmas on-trade season.



LARGEST PRIVATE WHISKY COLLECTION TO GO PUBLIC MAY BE WORTH £8M

NEWS 9-12-2019

The largest private whisky collection ever to be offered for public sale will go under the hammer online in February and April next year and is expected to fetch £8m(USD6.15m).



冷門品種NERO D’AVOLA在大型盲品中完勝

FOCUS 5-12-2019

你聽過Nero d’Avola這個黑葡萄品種嗎?這個來自意大利西西里島的冷門品種,近日在英國一次大型的消費者盲品活動中完勝,打敗另外三個較熱門的黑品種,脫穎而出成為英國最受歡迎的紅葡萄酒。



JAPAN TO ISSUE NEW SAKE PRODUCTION LICENCES TO MEET OVERSEAS DEMANDS

NEWS 2-12-2019

The Japanese government is planning to issue new licences for Sake productions intending for export amid growing popularity of the drink overseas, the Jiji Press reported.



ECCENTRIC N. KOREA WINE AND BEER TOUR CANCELLED DUE TO SAFETY CONCERNS

NEWS 28-11-2019

The 5-day beer and wine tour to North Korea to mark St Patrick's day next year has been cancelled due to safety concerns from the local tour operator, said the tour's British organiser.



PRICE OF BORDEAUX BULK WINE DECLINED 40% DUE TO WOES IN HK AND USA

NEWS 27-11-2019

The average bulk price of 2018 Bordeaux red has dropped to €900 per barrel compared to €1,500 of the 2017 vintage, largely due to woes in top export markets like Hong Kong and USA.



“KING OF FAKE LIQUOR” ARRESTED IN BANGKOK

NEWS 26-11-2019

A 63-year-old Malaysian national dubbed “King of Fake Liquor” was arrested in Bangkok last week after 30 years of alleged counterfeiting, according to Thailand police force.



THIS VIETNAMESE BUSINESSMAN OWNS WORLD’S MOST VALUABLE WHISKY COLLECTION

NEWS 25-11-2019

The world’s most valuable whisky collection, valued at £10.77m (USD13.9m), is owned by this Vietnamese aficionado based in Ho Chi Minh City, Guinness World Records has confirmed.



THE UNCORKING OF BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU LOST LUSTRE IN ASIA

NEWS 21-11-2019

The 3rd Thursday of November every year is Beaujolais Nouveau Day, the uncorking of the new wine today went rather unnoticed in Asia amid shrinking demands in major Asian markets.



JAPAN TO END WINE AND DINE TAX BREAKS TO BIG COMPANIES

NEWS 20-11-2019

The Japanese government is planning to end a special tax break on wining and dining expenses enjoyed by large companies when fiscal 2020 begins on 1st April, according to Jiji Press.



伯恩濟貧院拍賣會: 2019勃艮第價格較去年升三成

FOCUS 19-11-2019

每年伯恩濟貧院慈善拍賣會的競投價格,被視為該年份勃艮第的價格指標,今年拍賣會在上星期日舉行,平均每桶酒的賣出價是21,823歐元,較去年高出29.5%,當中干紅的升幅是32.6%,而干白則升27.1%。



FRANCE’S PERNOD RICARD AND CHINA’S WULIANGYE TO BECOME PARTNERS IN ASIA

NEWS 18-11-2019

French wine and spirits giant Pernod Ricard has forged a strategic partnership with China’s leading baijiu producer Wuliangye to capitalise on shared resources to expand to Asian markets.



SOUTH KOREANS OPT FOR LOW-PRICED WINES AS ECONOMY SLOWS

NEWS 13-11-2019

More South Korean consumers are buying low-priced wine that costs less than 10,000 won per bottle in the face of a protracted economic slowdown, according to Korea Bizwire.