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Chris Losh

Chris LoshBiography

Chris Losh has been writing about drinks for 15 years and still doesn’t wear a tweed jacket.

He has edited Wine and Spirit International and Wine Magazine. He has written columns for just-drinks for ten years and is never short of opinions, some of which may even not be completely wrong.

Columns by Chris Losh

Comment - Wine - The Losh CauseComment - Wine - The Losh Cause

Chris Losh looks at the latest issues affecting the global wine industry.

Articles by Chris Losh

Do consumers understand what wine writers are saying?Dear wine writer, what on earth are you talking about? - Comment 6 November 2015

Earlier this autumn, Andrew Jefford wrote a short piece about ‘how to write tasting notes’. It was - rather like a good tasting note - short, to the point and full of useful advice: Go easy on the ‘fruit salad’ descriptors, talk about structure and balance as well as flavour, let us know whether you like it, etc.

Within a year, Treasury Wine Estates has gone from acquisition target to possible acquirorIs the time right for Treasury Wine Estates to swoop for Diageo's wine business? - Comment 6 October 2015

It’s hard to believe now, but when Diageo acquired Seagram’s wine operations in late-2000, it was seen as a real opportunity; exciting even. Spirits, after all, were sluggish at the time, whereas wine was in impressive growth in the US and Europe. This, it was felt at the time, could be a niched, but prestigious, addition to the business.

China is no longer the wine sponge the industry had previously pegged it asBut, where are we going to sell our wine? - Comment 10 September 2015

Problems in China have spooked the wine industry in recent months. Chris Losh takes a look at what has gone wrong in the country, and where else wine producers could look to sell their wares.

Champagne will have more room to grow over the next few yearsChampagne Gains in the Battle for Sparkling Success - Comment 13 July 2015

The ever-expanding world of sparkling wine is dominated by Champagne and Prosecco, but the two attract different drinkers and new sparklers will have their work cut out to find their place, according to Chris Losh.

Comment - Wine - Finding a Friend in the Next Wine Trend 4 June 2015

Predicting the future is a tricky skill to master. Chris Losh, however, is keen to have a go. Who knows? If his forecasts come off, this time next year, we could all be millionaires.

California is in the grips of yet another droughtComment - Wine - California Drought: An Opportunity, not a Problem? 14 May 2015

Another year, another drought in California. Having recently returned from the state, however, Chris Losh suggests that what looks like a dire situation for the wine industry could actually present an opportunity to those keen on tending vines.

Comment – Wine - The Rising Profile of Lower ABV Wine 9 April 2015

The low-alcohol wine segment has been around for a while now, but has thus far failed to win over too many fans. Things are changing, however, with consumers' taste preferences driving the sub-category to higher ground. Chris Losh delves deeper.

Comment - Wine - Bordeaux's En Primeur on a Knife Edge 5 March 2015

Stubbornly high release prices from Bordeaux's chateaux in recent years have put huge pressure on merchants and negociants alike. Chris Losh asks, what's gone wrong with en primeur?

There's more to the New World than we may think. But, try telling that to the consumerComment - Wine - New World's Battle to be Taken Seriously 5 February 2015

While the New World has made hay at the volume end of the global market, many of the Southern Hemisphere's wine producers find themselves at a crossroads, with efforts to encourage trading-up battling against consumers' perceptions. Chris Losh takes a look at the quandary facing the likes of Australia, Chile, New Zealand and South Africa.

Disclaimer: None of these wine predictions will actually occur in 2015 - or everComment - Wine - Losh's Chris-tal Ball: 2015 - Part II 15 January 2015

Following Chris Losh's look at what he thinks will hit the wine industry in the first half of this year, our wine commentator returns with his forecasts for the latter six months of 2015.

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