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Tractors at Shady Oaks vineyard of Bronco Wine Co. in Lodi, California. Photo: Eric Risberg

The ‘State of the Wine Industry 2018’ report is out, providing trending insights about the U.S. world of wine.

Sponsored by the Silicon Valley Bank Wine Division and authored by its founder Rob McMillan (a banker who wields significant clout within the wine industry) this report’s preparation was disrupted by the California wine fires of 2017, resulting in a cancellation of its annual fall survey. In its place, the report has expanded on other research data in order to better predict trends for 2018.

U.S. and Chinese demand are main drivers for record French wine and spirits exports.

French wine and spirits exports rose to a new record in 2017 due to strong sales to the United States and China, despite a stronger euro exchange rate, the Federation of French Wines and Spirit Exporters (FEVS) said on Wednesday.

Jacob Kenedy, executive chef and co-owner of Bocca di Lupo, believes Barolo is suffering from an identity crisis fuelled by consumer demand for lighter reds.

Italian food and wine is taking London by storm at the moment, and high-end examples too. Sommeliers and chefs tell Lucy Shaw why their customers are more receptive to lesser-known varieties and which regions will soon come to the fore.

Sales of sparkling wine in the UK have grown rapidly over the past five years, rising by 89% in volume and by 209% in value.

Marks & Spencer has reported a 15% rise in sales of its 17-strong range of English sparkling wines last year and predicts that the trend is set to continue into 2018.

The UK retailer has predicted a strong year for English sparkling in 2018 prompted by national events such as the birth of the royal baby, two royal weddings and the FIFA World Cup.

The Amphora process is part quantitative, part qualitative. In simple terms, a wine has to have an incredible argument in its favour to qualify as an investment if it fails the quantitative tests applied by the algorithm.

Regular readers will know that we constantly bang on about the Amphora proprietary algorithm, and as we are about to illustrate, with good reason. For the purposes of this note we will assume that everyone knows what the algorithm is all about, what it aims to achieve, and so on, and if anyone wants further explanation they need only ask.