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.



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?


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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