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Is the wine industry guilty of talking only to itself? - Comment 5 Apr 2016

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

As long-standing a wine commentator as Chris Losh has seen trends come and go. But, how successful has the wine category been at following - or even setting - these trends?


Is the end nigh for Sauvignon Blanc? - Comment 15 Mar 2016

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

This month, Chris Losh looks at Sauvignon Blanc, a varietal synonymous with - and dominant in - New Zealand. Has Sauvignon Blanc hit the top and had to stop?


Australia's wine industry pays present price for past failures - Comment 4 Feb 2016

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

This month, Chris Losh turns his attention to the Australian wine industry, and finds a country struggling with scant opportunities and structural problems in its number one export market.


The wine category in 2016 - Losh's Predictions Part II - Comment 19 Jan 2016

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

Following on from his predictions for the first six months of 2016 for the wine category earlier this month, Chris Losh continues here, with the second and final part of his look at what he feels will shape the wine landscape in the year ahead.


The wine category in 2016 - Losh's Predictions - Comment 6 Jan 2016

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

As we wave through the start of 2016, Chris Losh presents his annual look at what he expects will shape the wine landscape in the year ahead. Or not.


Dear wine writer, what on earth are you talking about? - Comment 6 Nov 2015

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

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.


Is the time right for Treasury Wine Estates to swoop for Diageo's wine business? - Comment 6 Oct 2015

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

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.


But, where are we going to sell our wine? - Comment 10 Sep 2015

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

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 Gains in the Battle for Sparkling Success - Comment 13 Jul 2015

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

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 Jun 2015

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

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.


Comment - Wine - California Drought: An Opportunity, not a Problem? 14 May 2015

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

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 Apr 2015

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

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 Mar 2015

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

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?


Comment - Wine - New World's Battle to be Taken Seriously 5 Feb 2015

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

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.


Comment - Wine - Losh's Chris-tal Ball: 2015 - Part II 15 Jan 2015

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

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.


Comment - Wine - Losh's Chris-tal Ball: 2015 - Part I 8 Jan 2015

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

As we brave the dawn of 2015, Chris Losh presents his annual look at what he expects will shape the wine landscape in the year ahead. Or not.


Comment - Wine - Treasury Wine Estates, PLB, Bibendum: Finally Lively in Wine 6 Nov 2014

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

This month, Chris Losh not only welcomes a spate of M&A activity in the wine world, he positively bathes in it, with Treasury WIne Estates, PLB and Bibendum feeling the warmth of his spotlight.


Comment - Wine - Three Questions the Drinks Industry Needs to Find Answers To 16 Oct 2014

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

As the alcoholic drinks industry emerges bruised and battered from media and health lobby attacks, Chris Losh offers three questions for us all to consider.


Comment - Wine - Can the New World Learn a Lesson from the Old? 16 Sep 2014

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

This month, Chris Losh turns his attention to Chile, a wine-producing nation that could be on the cusp of something big, provided it looks to the past to help model its future.


Comment - Wine - Not on the List 10 Jul 2014

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

This month, Chris Losh sets his sights on wine lists and finds a world of unnecessary complexity. Does it have to be this way?


Comment - Wine - The Dangers of Natural Wine 3 Jun 2014

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

Chris Losh has had a rather unsavoury moment with a natural wine. Brace yourselves.


Comment - Wine - How Would You Like to Pay? Cash, Card or 'Phone? 8 May 2014

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

A self-confessed Luddite, Chris Losh has had his eyes opened this month to the future of transaction payment. Could the smartphone be the silver bullet for the wine industry?


Comment - Wine - Old World Problems Proffer New World Opportunity 8 Apr 2014

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

In recent years, the wine producers from the Old World have struggled with weak harvests. The issue has provided a perfect opportunity for the New World to make hay. But, how successful have the likes of Argentina, Australia, Chile and New Zealand been? Chris Losh takes a look.


Comment - Wine - Pushing the Moderate Message 11 Mar 2014

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

Ahead of next week's UK Budget, Chris Losh bemoans the fiscal pressures placed on the drinks industry. Could we not trumpet our good sides, he asks?


Comment - Wine - China's Wine Wave and Spirits' Lessons 6 Feb 2014

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

With recent claims that China has become the world’s biggest consumer of red wine, Chris Losh considers what wine producers can learn from the current travails facing international spirits companies in the country.


Comment - Wine - Losh's Chris-tal Ball: 2014. Part II 16 Jan 2014

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

Here, for your delectation, is part two of Chris Losh's predictions for the wine world in 2014. Part one can be found here.


Comment - Wine - Losh's Chris-tal Ball: 2014 7 Jan 2014

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

As his annual preview of the year ahead for the wine world has begun to take on mythical status within the industry, Chris Losh is loathe to tamper with a winning formula. We present, then, Chris's look at what the first six months of 2014 have in store for wine.


Comment - Wine - A World Wine Shortage? Bunkum, at Best 4 Nov 2013

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

Suggestions were made in the world's press last week that wine consumers had a new worry, above the prospect of minimum pricing, making decisions on the best closure and too-high or too-low abv options. Chris Losh looks at how the panic exploded, then considers just how ludicrous the suggestion truly is.


Comment - Wine - South African Attitude Shines at Beautiful South 8 Oct 2013

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

Last month's Beautiful South tasting, hosted by Wines of Argentina, Wines of Chile and Wines of South Africa, gave Chris Losh the chance to compare and contrast the attitudes of the three wine-producing nations. This time around, it was the South Africans that impressed the most.


Comment - Wine - Europe: Vineyard Expansion to Balance Supply & Demand? 8 Aug 2013

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

Earlier this Summer, the European Union finally agreed on a reform of the region's Common Agriculture Policy. The reform has ramifications for Europe's wine producers. Chris Losh casts his eye over the changes.

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