Witness the Best “Good News” Day for Wine in Months
Among the things I do every morning after the coffee is brewed is sit down and look through the various emails I receive the deliver aggregated wine news. Today, I opened the Wine Business Monthly Daily News Links email and saw these headlines:
I then moved on to Wine Industry Insight's News Fetch for the day and saw this:
Collectively, these stories amount to the most good news for the California wine industry in a single day that I've seen in probably more than year. What all this optimism points to is a growing recognition, boosted by statistics, that a difficult economy is recovering and that the wine industry in particular is helping to lead the charge.
The really good news here, that results from a variety of factors, is that California's grape growers appear to be in store for an increase in prices they will get for their grapes along with an easier time finding contracts for their grapes. Two short harvests in a row and increase demand for wine is working its magic.
Add to all this the fact that Wines & Vines, via its Data Center, has been showing all year long an increase in on-premise sales of wine in 2011 over 2010 sales, a significant increase in Direct-to-Consumer shipments from wineries in 2011 over 2010, and an increase throughout 2011 in wine industry job offers over job offers witnessed in 2010.
The uptick in the wine industry sales and general health of the wine industry mimicks that we see in other luxury goods markets that we've witnessed throughout 2011. What is really necessary now and what would truly kick the wine industry and its surrounding service providers and vendors is an uptick in wine sales among the middle class. This of course would indicate a stronger recover at least in the Jobs Market, if not in the housing sector. This is the sort of thing I say prayers about when I lay my head down at night.
Today's news gives me the impression that someone might be listening.