Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

By: Chris Losh

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?


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