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COVID-19 Daily Updates from France: Running Blog

05/05/2020

Stay tuned for daily updates on the COVID-19 and current situation in France.

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Paris Wine Cup will be gathering the latest news about the COVID 19’s effect on the wine industry. We’ll be updating this blog regularly with important news and stories.

5 May 2020

Paris Wine Cup Registration Deadline: 10 May 2020

If you're a wine producer, importer or distributor who is looking to get their wines reviewed by a top panel of on-trade buyers from France, then Paris Wine Cup is the perfect opportunity for you.

10 May 2020 is the registration deadline to submit your wines.

The aim of the competition is to recognize, reward and promote wine brands that have successfully been created to identify with and target a specific wine drinker.

Upload Your Wines Now

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5 May 2020

“Wente Vineyards Offers First Ever Voice App Wine Tasting Experience Launches on Amazon Alexa and Google Home Today”

Wente Vineyards, the longest continuously owned and operated family winery, and a company of many firsts throughout its 137-year history, nationally launches today an interactive home wine tasting feature with both Alexa and Google home devices.

 A wine industry first, this ability to experience a guided wine tasting with one’s smart device will bring the wine country experience straight to the home. 

Read the full update here

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5 May 2020

“Worry engulfs wine industry as Winefest approaches”

Sherrie Hamilton, co-owner of the Red Fox Winery in Palisade, has faced difficulties as a business owner in the past. A vineyard freeze delayed the opening of Red Fox six years ago, but losing the Colorado Mountain Winefest, which spreads brand awareness and rakes in a good portion of revenue, would be more devastating.

The financial security of her winery and others could be in question if the annual event is cancelled due to social distancing measures to reduce the impact of COVID-19.

Read the full news here.

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4 May 2020

“Covid-19 threatens “permanent changes” to world wine industry” 

Watch the full video here.

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4 May 2020

“Critics drink their words as rosé on rocks sells”

Traditionalists were outraged 15 years ago when a group of French vineyards announced the launch of a rosé wine designed to be served with ice cubes.

Now Rosé Piscine, as it was named, is being hailed as one of the great modern success stories of a French wine industry in urgent need of renewal amid falling sales.

Marketing consultants say the triumph shows how the country’s deeply conservative winemakers will have to break taboos if they are to overcome the crisis caused by coronavirus.

Read the full article here.

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29 April 2020

“From Prosecco to Chianti, Italy's wine sales sour from coronavirus”

With Italy's restaurants and bars closed for another month and global trade snuffed out by the coronavirus, the world's top wine-producing country is experiencing an existential crisis.

Italy's 47.5 million hectolitres edged out France's 42.1 million for last year's global wine production title, although France's 9.8 billion euros ($10.7 billion) in exports beat out Italy's 6.4 billion euros.

Read more here.

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29 April 2020

“Global Off Dry Red Wine Market Insights 2019-2025 | EJ Gallo Winery (USA), Constellation (USA), Castel (France), The Wine Group (USA), Accolade Wines (South Australia)”

Global Off Dry Red Wine Market research report delivers the analysis of the market outlook, framework, and socio-economic impacts. This report tries to covers the authenticate information of the market size, share, product footprint, revenue, and progress rate. All this information driven by primary and secondary researches, with reliable and authentic projections regarding the technical jargon. This study assesses the current landscape of the ever-evolving business sector and the present and future effects of COVID-19 on the market.

Read the full report here.

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24 April 2020

“Coronavirus may cut wine sales in Europe by half, industry body says”

The closure of bars and restaurants to contain the spread of coronavirus has slashed global wine sales, and winemakers’ revenues in Europe could be cut in half, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) said on Thursday. While wine sales are likely to grow again once lockdowns are eased, the crisis could bring irreversible changes to the sector.

European producers, particularly in France, Italy and Spain, have called for urgent help, with French winemakers penalised by US tariffs of 25 per cent as part of Washington’s response to EU aircraft subsidies, as well as the lockdowns.

Read the full update here

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24 April 2020

“Sweet White Wine Market 2020”

“Sweet White Wine Market 2020” report share informative data figures as well as important insights regarding some of the market component which is considered to be future course architects for the market. This includes factors such as market size, market share, market segmentation, significant growth drivers, market competition, different aspects impacting economic cycles in the market, demand, expected business up-downs, changing customer sentiments, key companies operating in the Sweet White Wine Market, etc. In order to deliver a complete understanding of the global market, the report also shares some of the useful details regarding regional as well as significant domestic markets. The report presents a 360-degree overview and SWOT analysis of the competitive landscape of the industries.

Check out the full update here

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23 April 2020

“Boisset Collection Announces Virtual Sessions with John Legend, French & California Winemakers, Other Special Guests; Sessions Geared to Both Consumers and Trade”

Boisset Collection is rolling out additional virtual online sessions with special guests, including a second Wine.com tasting, this time with singer/songwriter John Legend on May 6. The Franco-American luxury lifestyle company has been hosting a range of sessions on both Facebook and Zoom, ranging from happy hours and wine tastings to live fashion shows in efforts to bring its world to viewers at home during this unprecedented time.

Read the full update here.

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23 April 2020

“Global Sparkling Red Wine Market Growth, Share, Trends and Forecasts 2020-2025”

The latest Market report by a Global Marketers.biz having the title [Global Sparkling Red Wine Market – Industry Trends and Forecast to 2025]. The new report is committed to fulfilling the necessities of the clients by giving them thorough insights into the Market. The various providers involved in the value chain of the product include manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, intermediaries, and customers. The reports provide detailed information to the clients improving their basic leadership capacity identified. Exclusive data offered in this report is collected by analysis and trade consultants.

Read the full report here.

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22 April 2020

“1 billion litres of wine in Europe could disappear due to a lack of storage”

If you are a wine connoisseur, be ready for a tumultuous drinking future — the wine industry in Europe is in major crisis.

As per reports, one billion litres of wine made in Europe could disappear, or would be dumped in the drains.

Wine manufacturers in France, Italy and Spain are the worst suffers of the situation.

The situation has arisen due to a lack of storage after the closure of bars, restaurants and shops across the continent, and a fall in exports, has led to a huge surplus.

French politician Eric Andrieu, who is also a member of the European Parliament, has called on the European Commission to immediately intervene.

Read the full update here.

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22 April 2020

“Hailstorm devastates hundreds of hectares of Bordeaux vines in SW France”

PARIS - A violent hailstorm that hit the Bordeaux wine region last Friday has caused severe damage, with several hundred hectares of vines nearly destroyed, notably in the famous Saint-Emilion region, the local chamber of agriculture said on Tuesday.

This comes at a time when French wine makers are already suffering from a slowdown in consumption due to the closure of restaurants and bars worldwide in a bid to contain the new coronavirus, as well as from lower exports caused by extra U.S. tariffs on French wine since late last year.

“It was the last thing we needed,” the chamber of agriculture of the Gironde region, which encompasses all Bordeaux vineyards, said in a statement.

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21 April 2020

“European Winemakers May Have to Turn a Billion Liters of Wine into Industrial Alcohol”

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21 April 2020

“EU Sees Wine Consumption, Exports Dry Up as Consumers Stay Home”

PARIS — Wine consumption in the European Union is expected to fall this season due to the decision to close bars and restaurants to contain the coronavirus, with exports hit by extra U.S. tariffs, the EU's executive said on Monday.

The European Commission forecast wine consumption in the EU's 27 member states to fall to 108 million hectolitres, or 24 litres per capita, in the 2019/20 (August-July) season, a drop of 8% compared to the average of the last five years.

Click here to read the full update.

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20 April 2020

“European wine v covid-19: Problems and solutions”

Covid-19 has put the British – and global – hospitality industry on its knees, and in turn, has had a knock-on effect on the entire supply chain

Although online and retail wine sales have experienced a promising spike, winegrowers across Europe are flooded with unsold stock.

The pandemic is just the cherry on a sour cake that started baking in late 2019. It’s ingredients: Trump’s import tariffs (which hit mainly French wine), the trade deal between Australia and China (to the disadvantage of most European wine countries), and last but not least, the cancellation of all wine fairs, which has left large and small wineries begging for business.

The 2020 wine grape harvest may still be a long way ahead, but with their cellars full of unsold stock, European producers fear that the coronavirus crisis might have a serious long term impact on the viability of the entire industry.

Read the full update here.

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20 April 2020

“Vineyards across Europe drowning in surplus wine”

The grapes are tended with loving care for months on end before being picked and pressed to produce the fine wines for which Europe is renowned.

This year, however, hundreds of millions of litres of wine could end up as industrial alcohol and sold to pharmaceutical and cosmetics firms.

Want to know why? Click here.

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17 April 2020

“Boxed Wine and Vodka Made From CO2: The Green Future of Booze”

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, climate change still demands global attention, which is why a green movement is sweeping the wine and spirits world.

Didyouknow - Glass packaging and transportation of bottles account for about two-thirds of the wine industry’s carbon footprint. So the next time you contemplate buying a super heavy bottle of wine, think again. 

Click here to read the full update.

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17 April 2020

“Planning Your Paris Dining Tour While Socially Distancing”

Since much of the world is sheltering in place, April in Paris is (we imagine) empty or a memory from 2019. You may not be able to get there this month, but you can take an armchair travel tour and plan for the future.

To help set your wine and dine itinerary, the author has asked John Foy, a wine consultant and former award-winning chef in the New York City metro area to contribute his Paris secrets. Foy owns The Wine Odyssey, a consultancy and fine-wine tour company, and his yearly sojourns include exploring Paris’s dining scene, mostly by bike.

To read the full update, click here.

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16 April 2020

“The Impacts of COVID-19 on the Global Wine Industry”

Since the beginning of the spread of the virus, all industries worldwide have been heavily affected. It has consequently left its impact on the wine market which has started to deteriorate at the announcement of the cancellation of some major local, national or international events. 

Read the full blog here.

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16 April 2020

“Green movement sweeps the spirits world: ‘Solar power’ vodkas, wine that absorbs CO2 in demand”

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, climate change still demands global attention, which is why a green movement is sweeping the wine and spirits world.

Did you know that synthetic bioluminescence from bacteria could make lighting in wineries more sustainable? Or that distillers can use solar power to create vodka out of thin air and water? These are among the surprising things I learned at a forum on wine and climate change at Vinexpo Paris in February, before social distancing became a w ..

Want to know more? Click here.

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15 April 2020

“A guide to pairing food and wine”

During these times of COVID-19, I hope this finds you safe and healthy. There are some incredible restaurants offering takeout in our communities. I thought it would be nice to share some food and wine pairing tips to help you navigate your selections.

How do I pair food and wine together?

While we always encourage you to drink what you like, when it comes to enjoying wine and food together the big thing you want to do is avoid disaster. 

To get the tips on quarantine wine and food pairings , click here

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15 April 2020 

“Fortified Wine Market Growth Trends, 2020-2025”

The "Fortified Wine Market - Trends, Growth and Forecasts (2020-2025)" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

The global fortified wine market is expected to register a CAGR of 5.01% during the forecast period, 2019-2024.

Fortified wines are the blends of grapes and various vintages, and the majority of the fortified wines are similar in their classification. The actual aging of the fortified wine depends upon the fortified wine itself and it is found that the cheaper the fortified wine lesser is the time it has taken aging in the oak.

Read the full report here.

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14 April 2020

“Wineries Pull Out All the Stops for COVID-19 Relief”

From boutique operations to major conglomerates, wine and spirits producers are raising big bucks for coronavirus victims, often in creative ways—with help from some famous friends

From independent businesses donating proceeds to multinational producers partnering with major nonprofits and celebrity boosters, the drinks industry is going into overdrive to support the needy, the vulnerable, first responders, and their own out-of-work comrades in the severely crippled restaurant industry.

Want to know more? Read the full update here.

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14 April 2020

“Beaujolais UK sales skyrocket”

Beaujolais has continued its revival in the UK, with 2019 exports up 17% by value and 22% by volume year on year, according to new figures from Inter Beaujolais.

Cécile Bossan-Redon, the newly appointed MD of Inter Beaujolais, said: “We are proud to have such a healthy increase in exports to the UK. There is now more choice of Beaujolais wines available on UK shelves than ever before, which we believe is a huge contributing factor to its continued popularity.

Beaujolais was also recently tapped in Sopexa’s annual Wine Trade Monitor as the only French region among the four likely to see the greatest growth post-Brexit.

To read the full update, click here.

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13 april 2020

“HEC Paris’ Summer School launches its first program dedicated to the Business of Wine”

HEC Paris will be opening its doors for its Summer School’s seventh edition on June 8, 2020. Participants from over fifty countries will gather on the HEC Paris campus to attend cutting-edge programs on innovative topics in business management. This year, Europe’s number 1 business school will be adding a new two-week program to its Summer School portfolio: the HEC Paris “Wine Business Program”, its very first program dedicated to the wine industry.

To read the full update, click here.

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13 April 2020

“France moves on what “natural wine” is”

Natural wine has internationally become a significant subsector of wine in recent decades, maybe especially in Europe and Japan and among younger people. Its definition – or lack thereof – has been somewhat vexed: there is, I suppose, sufficiently broad agreement amongst the various bodies that organise the natural wine fairs that have become quite common; they can regulate producer admittance (largely on the basis of accepting a producer’s bona fides, I suspect). But there’s inevitably room for some dissembling from producers (arguably especially when larger commercial producers want to get involved), and for confusion amongst less well-informed drinkers.

To read the full blogpost, click here.


03 April 2020

What Wineries and Distilleries Can Do In Next 60 Days.

Webinar by Sid Patel, CEO of Beverage Trade Network.

Sid will be listing out ways how wineries and distilleries can face the current scenario and come on the winning side once hashtag#Covid19 subsides. In the webinar, you will get 15 takeaways you can start working on today to navigate this time. You will also be shown the current risks, so you can prepare your winery or distillery for that.

Webinar Date and Time: 1 pm EST, 10 April

Register here 


26 March 2020

France officially recognizes natural wine designation

Winemakers in France recently obtained formal recognition from French authorities with regard to the existence of “natural wine.” The new denomination is defined by a quality production charter and marketed under the term, vin méthode nature.

Click here for full update


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24 March 2020

Have a look at the “Wine Fridges Market Size and Forecasts Research Report 2020-2026”

This research report on Wine Fridges market entails an exhaustive analysis of this business space, along with a succinct overview of its various market segments. The study sums up the market scenario offering a basic overview of the Wine Fridges market with respect to its present position and the industry size, based on revenue and volume.

The study broadly exemplifies the regional hierarchy of this market, while categorizing the same into United States, China, Europe, Japan, Southeast Asia & India.

Click here for full update

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24 March 2020

“The Surprisingly Short History of French Wine Classification”

Designed to regulate which wines are grown where and how, France’s Appellation d’Origine Protégée (AOP) system seems ancestral and long-established, like a Duke Ellington song or the Golden Rule. In reality, the system debuted in 1937 in response to some very 20th-century problems.

Want to know how? Click here to find out


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23 March 2020

“Wine retailers who'll deliver to self-isolators”

The pandemic situation right now has pushed the world to go into self-isolation and to build their immunity for good.

Here’s a list of well over 400 wine retailers, all over the world, keen to deliver to those stuck in their homes by the coronavirus.

Click here for full update.

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23 March 2020

”French Winemakers Keep Up the Fight”

With severe restrictions around movement and transport, many French wine producers are concerned about the immediate future.
 
Drinking together alone - Social distancing has also been implemented in the vineyard and cellar; seven permanent vineyard workers look after the domaine’s 24 hectares and, presently, there are never more than two people per plot. Bartheleme wants to introduce "video apéros'' so people can virtually enjoy a glass of wine together in this time of physical separation.

Meanwhile, in Champagne, Charles Philipponnat, the general director of the eponymous house, has faith that people will open bottles with their family or alone.

"In dire times, the French have always drunk a bit more; this will be no exception."

Read the full update here


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20 Mar 2020

“Wine cooler: global heating helps Sweden's vineyards to success”

As climate change makes winemaking a torrid business in southern Europe, viniculture is taking off in Scandinavia.

“It’s really quite clear,” said Hansson, 68, a former financier who planted his first vines on the south-facing slopes of what is now the Hällåkra vineyard in 2003, and today has about 22,000 on 6.5 hectares.

“We have an extra month of summer now. And winters are not like what they used to be. That’s why we can make wine, and why 50 years ago, we couldn’t.”

Read the full update here.

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20 Mar 2020

“A Look At The Effect Of Coronavirus On Small Businesses In The Wine Travel Industry”

Reka Haros and Pier Sfriso are the owners of Sfriso Winery, located in Italy’s Veneto region. This position made them some of the first in the world to adapt to restrictions related to coronavirus. Haros says that they are completely shut down: “We have zero sales happening at the moment.” 

While Haros and Sfriso are located in Northern Italy, a region that’s experienced levels of movement restriction since February 23, 2020, other parts of the world are just now getting a taste of what social distancing, lock down, border tightening and other limitations mean for their own communities, as the travel scope narrows drastically. 

Read the full update here.


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19 Mar 2020

“Life in Paris Without Restaurants”

In a city synonymous with dining out & drinking, a new lockdown to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus is disrupting the restaurant industry - and threatening the social fabric.

Paris, much like New York, feels radically different without the bars, restaurants, & coffee shops that make it come alive. The brief, daily exchanges with bartenders and baristas are an integral part of the social fabric of our lives, and without them, the people of Paris feel incomplete. But if Parisians truly care about protecting their access to such pleasures, pleasures they consider their natural rights, then they must ready themselves for the inevitable fight to keep the industry from going under.

Read the full update HERE.

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19 Mar 2020

What a coronavirus lockdown might mean for London, China, Italy, France & USA

France

France’s full lockdown began at midday on Tuesday. People are barred from leaving home except to buy food or essentials, visit the doctor or get to a job certified as not doable from home.

They have to carry a special document, certifying why they are outside, to show to security forces.

About 100,000 police officers have been deployed to enforce the lockdown, with checkpoints to be set up nationwide. After crowds continued to gather outside, Paris closed all its parks and gardens.

Read the full update HERE.

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