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Why 2017 has been the most dramatic year in living memory for wine - Comment 15 Nov 2017

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

As 2017  draws to a close, Chris Losh looks back at a year that will go down in history as a major turning point for the global wine industry.


Why the wine industry is failing women - Comment 12 Oct 2017

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

Chris Losh returns this month to look at the gender gap in the wine industry, although his observations could quite easily apply to all drinks sectors, indeed, to industry in general.


Why is Pernod Ricard the only major multi-category player still in wine? - Comment 19 Sep 2017

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

It's a question that has been asked a thousand times. But, Chris Losh is nothing if not persistent, especially at a time when other multi-category companies are giving wine the big heave-ho.


Why California must wage wine wars on all fronts - Comment 13 Jul 2017

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

This month, wine commentator Chris Losh heads to California and discovers a wine region buoyed by healthy figures but weighed down by matters below the surface.


Why Marlborough is looking to up its New World wine game - Comment 7 Jun 2017

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

This month, wine commentator Chris Losh heads to Marlborough in New Zealand, to see how some folk in the wine region are trying to make its wine less 'meh' and more ... more.


Can Europe's wine industry weather the weather? - Comment 12 May 2017

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

A recent warm spell has thrown wine commentator Chris Losh out of kilter. But, if you think he's got problems, consider what these weather blips do for Europe's wine producers.


As the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, how long before wine faces its own revolution? - Comment 12 Apr 2017

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

Much has been made over the last year of the 'silent majority'; the long-suffering populations who have seen much of what they believed in eroded, their jobs migrated and workplaces closed, their standard of living on a seemingly endless downward curve. Chris Losh says the same headwinds are being felt across the wine world.  


What does the future look like for Australian wine? - Comment 21 Mar 2017

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

Earlier this year, Chris Losh attended an Australian tasting in the UK and got a glimpse of the future for the country's wine producers. Here's what he saw.


Chile's wine future burned by wild fires - Comment 9 Feb 2017

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

Wild fires hit the Chilean - and then global - headlines earlier this month. The subsequent damage to some of the country's vineyards may have affected just a few, but, as Chris Losh observes, that damage could have catastrophic consequences for Chile's flag-bearing wine makers.


What's coming up in wine in 2017? - Predictions for the Year Ahead - Comment 12 Jan 2017

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

Throughout this month, just-drinks' regular category commentators will be sharing their predictions for the year ahead. First up is Chris Losh, who flags what we should look out for in 2017.


Where have all wine's young guns gone? - Comment 10 Nov 2016

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

As the drinks world is lit up by new spins on established sectors, Chris Losh considers whether the wine category risks getting left behind by the International Bright Young Things.


Why wine has become a slave to water - Comment 11 Oct 2016

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

The importance of water in the production of wine has grown in recent years, to such an extent that many wine companies are struggling. Chris Losh considers where irrigation has become a problem issue.


Why China is as much about wine production as wine consumption - Comment 8 Sep 2016

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

Looking through the mist, Chris Losh can see China's wine production efforts becoming of greater importance to the wine world than the country's potential to consume the stuff.


Why Brexit is a disaster for the wine category - Comment 5 Jul 2016

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

The UK's referendum rejection of the European Union is bad news for the wine trade, the UK and the EU itself, argues Chris Losh as he pores over the entrails of a slaughtered sacred cow in search of enlightenment.


Is the wine industry prepared for the environmental changes ahead? - Comment 9 Jun 2016

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

Late last month, Chris Losh attended the International Cool Climate Wine Symposium, held in Brighton on the south coast of England. Among the presentations over the three days, delegates heard plenty of talk about the weather - something not uncommon in the UK.


Is the wine industry confusing its consumers? - Comment 3 May 2016

Column: Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

This month, Chris Losh considers trends in the wine industry that risk at best confusing consumers or, at worst, alienating them altogether.


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.

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