Uncorkings for 9.19.11

News and notes from the world of wine.

Scotch whisky exports surged 22% by dollar volume in the six-month period ending in June 2011, according to the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA). The US remains the top export market for Scotch, followed by France. Meanwhile, emerging markets in Asia and South America are becoming increasingly important to Scotch producers, the SWA said, with Taiwan entering the top five export market for Scotch for the first time.

Where do people drink the most wine? According to The Daily Sip, Washington D.C. consumes the most wine per capita (6.6 gallons, to be exact), followed by New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont and Nevada. Foreign embassies and their ample entertaining budgets may explain the strong consumption in D.C., the blog speculated.

Table wines selling at $9 and higher grew 10.9% by volume and 10.1% by value for the 52-week period ending August 20, according to Nielsen, a global information and measurement company.

Diageo North America is creating a standalone division called Catalyst, which will focus on developing its portfolio of 28 smaller, lower-volume niche brands. The team will be lead by Sandra LeDrew, who is currently the president of US wine sales at Diageo Chateau & Estate.

The long-standing sale site Gilt Groupe—recognized for its limited-time, deep-discount sales on luxury fashion—debuted a wine category on one of its sister sites, Gilt Taste.

Joe Dressner, the reputable importer of naturally made wines, passed away on Saturday in New York City after a three-year battle with brain cancer. He is survived by his wife, Denyse Louis, son Jules and daughter Alyce. To read more about Dressner, click here.

Published on September 21, 2011
Topics: Industry News, Wine News
About the Author
Kara Newman 
Spirits Editor

Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She's the author of several cocktail books, including Shake.Stir.Sip. and NIGHTCAP: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening, which debuts in September 2018. Email: spirits@wineenthusiast.net




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