Sales rise 4.1% in crucial 10-week festive period, with English sparkling wine soaring courtesy of Brexit-effect on sterling.
Majestic Wine has reported strong Christmas sales, with consumers increasingly opting for English sparkling wine rather than champagne as their choice of festive fizz.
The main Liv-ex fine wine indices both suffered tiny declines in December but no way near enough to impact the big gains made throughout 2017.
The Fine Wine 50, 100 and 1000 indices slipped 0.1%, 0.1% and 0.96% respectively in the last month of 2017 but having built up such a head of steam during the rest of the year the dips were barely even a bump in the road leading into 2018.
Never mind resolutions. How about temptations? Allow me to offer a few possibilities.
If you read one wine book in 2018, read this one. Most of us have slogged through all sorts of wine books; I've perpetrated a few myself (eight, to be precise).
Most of the wine world was happy to wave goodbye to 2017, a year of vine-killing frosts, hail, drought, and destructive wildfires in regions from California, to Chile, to Europe. Looking forward to 2018 is not only a relief; it’s exciting, because the year is full of promise. There will be new experimentation, exploration, and the continuing of trends we enjoyed from last year.
We did it! We made it through 2017! Not without quite a bit of wine though, and if 2018 is anything like this year, there’s going to be a lot more of it. That’s why New Year’s Wine Resolutions are more important than ever.