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Shipments of wine paused in the run up to Brexit

JF Hillebrand, the drinks logistics company, has stopped taking collections of wine, spirits and beer for delivery from the EU to the UK.
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JF Hillebrand the drinks logistics company, has stopped taking collections of wine, spirits and beer for delivery from the EU to the UK. The reason given is the concern that in transit drinks may not have the correct documentation to enter the UK if it arrives after Brexit. JF Hillebrand moves 125,000 containers a year and ships beer wines and spirits for all the UK supermarkets.

The delay of a week should not affect wine supplies as many people in the supply chain have built up stocks to help ride out any delays associated with Brexit. Spokesperson for JF Hillebrand said if there is an extension to the Brexit deadline then we estimate that the backlog of orders will begin to clear by April 9th.

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Clamp down on Duty Free alcohol

Duty free is becoming more important with Brexit nearing. The current Brexit deal will see limits placed on wine being imported duty free into the UK from Europe.
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Duty free is becoming more important with Brexit nearing. The current Brexit deal will see a limit placed on wine being imported duty free into the UK from Europe. Airline passengers are also being restricted as duty free wines and spirits are now being sealed in tamper proof bags to stop flyers drinking while on board. Historically, duty free purchased at UK airports were placed in a bag and purchasers were told not to drink them until they reached their destination. However a spate of drunken passengers tucking into their duty free on flights has resulted in all duty free bags now being sealed closed, requiring scissors to open them. As scissors are very difficult to get on board a plane it is hoped this will minimise drunken behaviour during flights.
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Marc Almert announced world’s Best Sommelier

German Marc Almert was announced the winner of the World’s Best Sommelier Competition.
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German Marc Almert was announced the winner of the World’s Best Sommelier Competition. The competition consisted of 66 candidates from 63 countries. Contestants competed in a range of competitions involving Service, Tasting, Theory. This included

• Serving Klein Constantia, Vin de Constance with ice cubes
• Decanting a bottle of Vega Sicilia
• Blind tasting 10 spirits
• Suggesting wine pairings with a food menu within one minute of viewing it.

Marc is not only the 16th winner of the competition since it began in 1969, he is also the youngest at 27. The UK has won the award before (Eric Zwiebel MS in 2013), but sadly the 2019 candidate representing the UK in Antwerp failed to make the final three.

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Wine a big tariff winner under Brexit

The UK government announces WTO tariffs and wine tariffs are set to be dropped when we leave the EU.
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In Brexit news, the UK government announced the proposed WTO tariffs that will come into effect and it looks like wine is a winner, with wine tariffs due to be dropped.

When the UK leaves the EU we will need to put in place our own tariff structure. Under the current EU terms, wines from outside the EU receive a small tariff.

It's currently set at 13.10 euros per 100 litres for still wine with an alcohol content of under 13 per cent (equivalent to 8.4p/bottle), 15.40 euros per 100 litres on still wine with an alcohol content of 13 to 15 per cent (11.5p per bottle) and 32 euros for sparkling wine.

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Vivino wine app predicts future wine trends

Beaujolais and Toro are the top up and coming regions while Napa replaces Chateau d’Yquem as top-rated wine.
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Wine app Vivino announced that the top rated user score had knocked the French sweet wine Chateau d’Yquem 1976 vintage off the top spot and replaced it with the 2015 Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley's Rutherford AVA.

The smart phone app that rates wine and makes commission on selling wine, stated that the biggest trends coming are a growing interest in natural wines, with many of the best reds coming from Beaujolais region, along with more serious age-worthy styles of Provence rose.
Gutsy Tempranillos from the Toro region in Spain are on the up along with Portuguese wines, while Chardonnay had fallen out of the top five white wines.
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Wine brands are becoming less important

Instead of having to remember details of brands our smart phones are being used to store important information about wines, causing brand awareness to drop.
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Wine brands are becoming less important and has led to market fragmentation according the Wine Intelligence Global Brand Power Index.

Each year market research company Wine Intelligence looks at the brands around the world that have the most international awareness. They claim that consumers relying on smart phones has formed a cognitive offloading. That is, instead of having to remember details of brands, our smart phones are being used to store information about wines, and brand recognition is dropping.

The review uses data from 20,000 wine drinkers from 20 markets and shows the dominance of international brands. Comparing the 2018 index to this year’s, there has been a consistent and overall drop in the calculated Global Wine Brand Power Index score itself, which Wine Intelligence said had been driven by one key shift - the ongoing decline in wine brand awareness among wine drinkers.

The top brands are Australian Yellow Tail, Chile’s Casillero del Diablo, Australian Jacobs Creek and the French JP Chenet.

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