Uncorkings 1.31.11

News and notes from the world of wine.

In its annual briefing on industry trends, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States reported that sales in 2010 are starting to show that consumers are increasingly turning to high-end brands and super-premium categories.

Meanwhile, this year marks 17 years of consecutive growth of wine consumption in the U.S., reported John Gillespie, president of the Wine Market Council, during its annual presentation, while this growth was largely driven by the core wine-drinking segment, wine marketers are paying careful attention to the Millennials for continued growth.

The alcohol industry is proposing that the federal Tax and Trade Bureau list nutrition information, such as calories, carbohydrates, serving size and alcohol per serving on beverage alcohol labels.

Drugstore chain Walgreen Co. rolled out a private label beer called Big Flats 1901, made by Novato, California-based Winery Exchange. Walgreens also plans to launch a red wine called Colby Red next month, made through a partnership with Australian winemaker Daryl Groom and Napa, California-based Treasury Wine Estates.

U.K. drinkers are consuming less beer, according to the British Beer and Pub Association. Budget-conscious consumers are purchasing more beer in supermarkets to consume at home and drinking less frequently in bars and pubs.    

Italian wine organization Vinitaly, along with Italian wine producers Banfi (represented by Co-CEO Cristina Mariani-May) and Allegrini (represented by Marilisa Allegrini) together rang the NASDAQ stock market closing bell on January 24. A Vinitaly-hosted tasting with wines from Banfi and Allegrini followed at the American Cancer Society to benefit the organization.

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