Decanter’s Power List 2013: Globalization and China’s Continuing Rise

The Wine Economist

The July issue of Decanter (the self-proclaimed “world’s best wine magazine”) is out and with it comes the Decanter Power List 2013 – a list of the 50 most powerful people in wine this year as determined by the magazine’s editors.

The Power List, which appears every other year, is great fun, both in the way that it spurs debate (my soccer-fan friends spend hours and hours debating similar lists for their sport) and because of the glimpse it offers into the way the world wine map is changing … or not.

Small World After All

What does the 2013 list reveal? Well, the #1 most powerful man (only 15% of those on the list are women) is once again Pierre Pringuet, CEO of drinks multinational Pernod Ricard. There are bigger wine companies – Gallo (Gina Gallo is #17 on the list) and Constellation Brands (#5 Robert Sands) but it…

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Wine by the Glass Redefined

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“Keggers” aren’t what they use to be!

We’re definitely not referring to some college party here. We’re talking about an extremely interesting trend taking place in the North American wine world: wine on tap!

Serving wines via a large format vessel is far from new. But technology, trade knowledge, winery embracement and consumer awareness equate to an exciting new period for wine programs.

Trends in the wine business come and go. The ones that stay often do so because they benefit a number of constituents. Wines-on-tap looks to be a game changer and for the very reason that all players in the biz and most importantly the customer see a huge amount of upside. Perhaps equally important is the unspoken benefactor, the environment.

We recently sat down with David Stansfield, sommelier and consulting wine guy in Vancouver, BC to get his take on wines-on-tap. David is leading the charge by shaping the programs for such cool sipping spots as Tap & Barrel and Vancouver Urban Winery. He also has his hands on some new projects in the ultra hip Pacific Northwest city. Be sure to keep an eye out for Bestie and Cuchillo located in Vancouver’s Chinatown and Railtown respectively.

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