“Big Wine” really is BIG
Hoyt Hill, wine writer for the The City Paper, reports the following information:
–Thirty percent of the wine sold in the United States is distributed by one wholesaler, Southern Wine and Spirits, and, in the states where Southern Wine and Spirits actually does business, they distribute more than 70 percent of the wine sold?
–Approximately 80 percent of the wine produced in Australia is made by three companies? Approximately 70 percent of the wine produced in California is made by five companies? And that Foster’s is one of those three Australian companies and one of those five California companies?
–One man, Michel Rolland, is the winemaker at more than 200 wineries?
Hill has some very good suggestions for how consumers can address this "Big Wine Biz" trend.
However, It’s important to point out that given the choice available on the Internet as well as in metropolitan areas, the wine drinker can easily indulge in artisan wines, rather than wines pumped out by the big boys and girls. And they should. I’m not a big business foe. Rather, I find it far more interesting, more educational ad more fun to drink from the hose of individuality than the well of homogeneity.