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Comment - Wine - Tough Harvests Lead to Moment of Truth 30 Oct 2012

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

Reports out of the northern hemisphere's wine-producing regions has suggested that this year's harvest has been rather different to previous years'. Chris Losh takes a look at what this could mean on the shop floor.


Comment - Wine - South Africa: The Only Way is Ethics 25 Sep 2012

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

Today is the first day of Cape Wine, the three-day bi-ennial trade fair for South Africa's wine producers. To mark the event, Chris Losh takes a closer look at the latest move by the country to highlight its ethical credentials.


Comment - Wine - The Olympics and their Wine Equivalents 30 Aug 2012

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

Chris Losh has clearly spent the bulk of July and August glued firmly to his television. Charged with writing his monthly column for just-drinks, then, and he'd be forgiven for giving it an Olympic slant.


Comment - Wine - Scoring Wine: It Might Feel Wrong, but it's Right 31 Jul 2012

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

Rating wine divides opinion. Some industry types feel squeamish about reducing a bottle to score out of 100. But, here, our wine commentator, Chris Losh, argues that rating systems are popular with consumers, and should therefore be embraced.


Comment - Wine - Reduced ABV: Something for Everyone 3 Jul 2012

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

The reduction of abv in the wine category in the UK has been peddled by some in the industry as an innovation. While that may be open to debate, Chris Losh believes there can be no argument that the move, if done right, could benefit everyone. But, there's still a long way to go.


Comment - Wine - Off-Trade a Turn-Off for the On-Trade 12 Jun 2012

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

The barrier between the on-trade and the off-trade for wine companies is so high as to be insurmountable. But, Chris Losh argues, its very presence is blocking a lucrative opportunity.


Comment - Wine - Social Media: Does Twitter Chatter Equal Sales Patter? 15 May 2012

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

This month, Chris Losh looks at the role of social media in the conversation between producers and consumers, and concludes that talk on Twitter does not necessarily equate to buying more bottles.


Comment - Wine - Minimum Pricing: For Richer, For Poorer? 17 Apr 2012

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

The spectre of minimum pricing for alcohol took physical form in the UK last month. Chris Losh is confused, however: Will the poor get hit harder than the richer in UK society? And, if so, will the move really achieve the desired aim?


Comment - Wine - Don't Go Changin'... 15 Mar 2012

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

This month, Chris Losh, has hit a wall. The wine industry isn't what it was for Chris. But, he's trying to look on the bright side: While there is limited scope for wine styles to 'do different', that's not to say that nothing can be done.


Comment - Wine - Trade Tastings: Small is Beautiful 14 Feb 2012

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

In the olden days, when it came to wine tasting events for the trade, big was better. Here, in 2012, however, greater returns are coming from the smaller meet-ups, rather than the catch-alls. That's what Chris Losh reckons.


Comment - Wine - Losh's Chris-tal Ball 19 Jan 2012

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

It's the week of forecasts on just-drinks this week. On Tuesday, Ian Buxton considered what 2012 will bring for the world of whisky. Today, Chris Losh looks at what the next 12 months will provide for all you wine producers out there. Note: Some of the following might not happen.


Comment - Wine - European Wine Producers of a Nervous Disposition, Look Away Now 2 Dec 2011

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

As the festive season approaches, Chris Losh was hoping to give you, dear reader, a heartwarming gift in this, his last comment of the year. But, there's little likelihood that the grim reality on his doorstep will let him spend too much on a gift. No matter how badly you, dear reader, could do with one.


Comment - Wine - Will Consumers Follow Prices North? 27 Oct 2011

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

Wine prices in the UK are soon to break a new barrier, research shows, but will consumers continue to pay? And, is the trade doing enough to keep them on-side? Chris Losh reports from a supermarket wine aisle, somewhere in Middle England.


Comment - Wine - Bordeaux's Marketing Challenge 21 Oct 2011

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

With humble apologies, but an administrative error meant that Chris Losh's September thoughts didn't make it last month. Here they are, though, finally. Chris' October musings follow next week. Meanwhile, marvel at how excited Chris gets at news of a marketing appointment.


Comment - Wine - Gerard Depardieu: The New Face of Wine? 18 Aug 2011

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

Has wine entered a new age of romanticism, shunning the regimental order eschewed by multinational corporate machines? Chris Losh considers the recent rush to sell assets, including Brown-Forman's sale of Fetzer to Concha y Toro - and wonders what Gerard Depardieu might make of it all.


Comment - Wine - EU to Uncork a Vine Old Mess 5 Jul 2011

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

There are growing concerns that plans to liberalise vineyard planting across the European Union will hamper the bloc's attempt to rid itself of surplus, cheap wine. It's an issue that has yielded an entente cordiale between Chris Losh and the French Government. Things must be bad.


Comment - Wine - LIWF 2011: How's the Patient Doing? 31 May 2011

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

After a week of therapy, detoxing and early nights, Chris Losh appears to finally be over this year’s London International Wine Fair. And, with so much of the wine world under one roof, he's been able to take a long, hard look at how the global wine trade is looking in 2011.


Comment - Wine - Shooting the Messenger the Wine Industry's Speciality 17 May 2011

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

Although we're a little late in covering this, the London International Wine Fair this week gives us the ideal hook to let Chris Losh loose on a survey, announced last month, that saw the wine industry here in the UK queue up to shoot the messenger.


Comment - Wine - Bordeaux En Primeur: If You Thought 2009 Was Good...? 29 Mar 2011

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

With Bordeaux's en primeur tastings set for early next month, Chris Losh has been taking a look at how the 2010 vintage is shaping up. After 2009's extraordinary performance, thanks mainly to the far east, how does the land lie for the latest from the Bordelais?


Comment - Wine - Wine Trade Pressure Group Misses Some Targets 1 Mar 2011

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

The arrival of March sees Chris Losh, as ever, in a contrary state. This month, he casts his embittered eye over a recently-created pressure group in the UK, which is looking to shake things up in the country's wine arena.


Comment - Wine - Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics 1 Feb 2011

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

We here at just-drinks could never condone applying make-up to the faces of farm animals. Chris Losh, however, is a stickler for such details - especially if it provides a suitable analogy for the global wine market.


Comment – Wine – What's Definitely Going to Happen in 2011 6 Jan 2011

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

As the old year decomposes slowly in its flat, forgotten by family and neighbours alike, and the newly-born one has its buttocks metaphorically slapped by the midwife of hope, Chris Losh takes his annual look at the stories you can definitely expect to be reading about in 2011.


Comment - Wine - UK Not OK. So, Where Now? 8 Dec 2010

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

The UK used to be able to boast that it was the most dynamic wine market in the world. But, with ruthless supermarkets and an economic downturn, the country has lost its shine. Where are the wine companies to look next? Chris Losh would like to suggest where not to look.


Comment - Wine - There's Trouble in the Land Down Under 16 Nov 2010

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

Recently back from a trip to Australia, Chris Losh has found time to grab a shower, stick a wash on, and describe for us what he sees as a challenging time all round for the country's wine producers.


Comment - Wine - New Zealand: Walking the Walk 5 Oct 2010

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

You may want to sit down for this. Chris Losh is in upbeat mood for the first time in quite a while. And, it's New Zealand that has him admiring a half-full glass.


Comment - Wine - Back to Vines, Back to Reality 18 Aug 2010

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

Winegrowers in the northern hemisphere will be coming to the end of their holidays any day now, and returning to their vineyards. Here's hoping their breaks were relaxing, because, according to Chris Losh, they've some deep soul-searching ahead of them.


Comment - Wine - So Much Still To Learn From Spirits 3 Aug 2010

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

Our resident wine columnist Chris Losh has had his eyes opened. All it took was to put the wine and the spirits industry in the same room, and compare and contrast. Guess who lost?


Comment - The Losh Cause - Pernod's Montana Gamble? 8 Jul 2010

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

Last month, Pernod Ricard announced that it will change the name of its New Zealand wine brand Montana to Brancott Estate. What does the move say about today's wine consumer, and what chances does Pernod have of getting the change through smoothly? Chris Losh considers.


Comment - The Losh Cause - It's Nifty to be Thrifty 1 Jun 2010

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

The ideas of rebirth from death, or purification through pain are as old as human life itself. And, certainly, this recession has been pretty merciless about sorting the wheat from the chaff. Poor businesses have gone under, over-leveraged ones have had to get economically realistic pretty fast, and even fairly solid businesses have had to reassess what they thought they were about. Those that are left now the dust has settled can probably congratulate themselves on being leaner, meaner and generally healthier than they realised.


Comment - The Losh Cause - Foreign Exchange Hell 11 May 2010

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

It’s rare to find a topic in the wine world where everyone agrees. Still rarer when it’s a bad-news story, and where everyone is prepared to admit it. Chris Losh thinks he's found one, however.

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