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Experienced UK wine drinkers prefer screw caps

Older drinkers prefer screw caps while younger drinkers are more inclined to prefer cork in the UK.
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Research has shown that, in the UK, contrary to the perceived wisdom, older drinkers prefer screw caps for wine while a greater percentage of consumers in their early 20s, actually prefer cork.

Market research company Wine Intelligence surveyed drinkers' preferred closure type and found that drinkers over 65 preferred screw caps with 51% saying they liked screw caps. Just 4% of the 65-plus demographic expressed a dislike of screwcaps compared to 18% of younger and less experienced drinkers aged 18-24. Lulie Halstead said Gen Z associate cork with higher quality and may regard screwcap-sealed wines as less prestigious. Millennial respondents have also shown a preference for natural cork over alternatives like plastic stoppers.

Meanwhile, Wine Intelligence’s data on the US market suggests that many older Americans are reluctant to purchase wines not sealed under cork which puts them at odds with their British counterparts.

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UK government is considering a 25% tariff on imported US wine

The proposed tariff is a belated escalation of the trade dispute started when Donald Trump slapped 25% tariffs on steel imports into the US.
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The UK government is considering a 25% tariff on imported US wine. The proposed tariff is a belated escalation of the trade dispute started when Donald Trump slapped 25% tariffs on steel imports into the US.

The move is designed to put pressure on US law makers who have not rolled back the punitive steel tariffs, in particular targeting Democrat Kamala Harris and Republican Nancy Pelosi, both from California.

The tariff would effectively remove most US wine from the UK market, which makes up 10% of wine consumed in the UK.

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Government will drop red tape for all wine imports

VI-1 forms which were set to be expanded to all EU wines following Brexit, will now be dropped for all wine saving an estimated £130 million in red tape.
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VI-1 forms which were set to be expanded to all EU wines following Brexit, will now be dropped for all wine saving an estimated £130 million in red tape.

One of the sales pitches for Brexit was to cut onerous EU red tape. But the UK government has spent a year and a half telling wine importers it intends to increase the cost of administration by making all wine imported fill in VI-1 forms, not just non-EU countries. The increased administration costs were expected to amount to £70 million.

This week the government backtracked and agreed that instead of levelling EU access to the UK market by making all EU wine fill in the same VI-1 form as all other countries around the world, it would level access by scrapping all VI-1 forms.

The scrapping of all VI-1 forms is expected to save £130 million of administration. In a competitive market like wine, this should mean savings for wine drinkers.

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Australian wine exports to the UK leapt by 16% by volume in the 2020-21 financial year

Australia has seen a surge in UK wine sales over the Covid lockdown, with wine exports to the UK leaping by 16% by volume in the 2020-21 financial year.
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Australia has seen a surge in UK wine sales over the Covid lockdown, with wine exports to the UK leaping by 16% by volume in the 2020-21 financial year. Its strength in the shops and supermarkets meant it benefitted from the drinkers switching from restaurants to buying wine to drink at home from supermarkets and the off trade.

But, while the UK may have seen significant growth, overall export volumes fell by 5% due to punitive tariffs imposed by the Chinese government on Australian wine exports.

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Penfolds Grange breaks record for any Australian wine sold at auction

Penfolds Grange, the iconic Australian wine, has broken all records for any Australian wine sold at auction. A bottle of the 1951 vintage sold at A$142,131 (£76,750) and was the first Penfolds wine ever to sport the Grange label.
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Penfolds Grange the Iconic Australian wine has broken all records for any Australian wine sold at auction. The 1951 vintage was the first Penfolds wine ever produced to sport the Grange label. It sold for A$142,131 (£76,750)

The wine bottle was sold at Langton’s auction this weekend, along with a number of other Penfolds wines. It is thought that there are only 35 bottles left of the 1951 vintage.

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Germany’s Ahr region suffers extreme floods

Terrifying floods damage Germany's wine producers in the far North West region of Ahr.
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Terrifying floods damage Germany's wine producers in the far North West region of Ahr. Flooded cellars, and fast-moving waters carried off barrels and even presses up to 15km downstream, taking out electricity and water supplies.

Speaking to Decanter on Tuesday, Marc Adeneuer, of JJ Adeneuer winery in Ahrweiler said ‘It’s a disaster, there are no bridges over the Ahr river, the streets have been destroyed.’

The Ahr region is one of Germany's smaller regions located North West of the Mosel at a similar latitude to the Isle of Wight, UK. Unusually for such a cool region, it primarily produces red wines and is the most Northern wine region specialising in red grapes. Most vineyards are located on terraced slopes facing southwest to southeast along the middle and lower portions of river Ahr.

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