*slurp* *slurp*

Now, where was I? *slurp* Oh yes.. The Belfast Telegraph focuses, just about [or is that you? – Ed], on the Northern Ireland aspect of a recent report on the drinking habits of the UK and other European citizens. It seems that drinking wine at home is on the increase *slurp* According to unnamed drinks industry experts, “the demise of the Troubles has fuelled a boom in wine consumption”.. hmm.. AND they helpfully reference a Belfast-based online store, Direct Wine Shipments.. although, I have to shay *slurp* that the on-line shtock sheems a little reshtricted compared to the major competition *hic*

  • slug

    Somehow I think the rise of wine consumption has little to do with the troubles being over.

  • peteb

    Hence the “hmm..”, slug.. and the reference to the unnamed drinks industry experts..

  • slug

    It may reflect a growing middle class.

  • middle-class taig

    DWS aren’t bad. A little weak, perhaps, on South America, but not bad.

  • Gerry O’Sullivan

    Wine consumption is up all over Ireland and the UK. I don’t have the UK figures to hand, but, here’s a few interesting snippets from the Republic:
    -Number of cases imported went from 4.5 million in 2000 to 7 million in 2004 (not including private imports for personal consumption – i.e. booze cruising.)
    -The share of wine in the overall alcoholic beverage market doubled from 8% in 1994 to 16% in 2004.
    -Consumption per head per annum in 2004 was 17.4 litres, up from approx. 10 litres in 2000. (Don’t have exact figure here.)
    -The top three source countries for wine in Ireland are Australia, Chile and France, in that order.

    Figures from Wine Development Board of Ireland
    If anyone has the figures for Northern Ireland, I would be interested to see them.

  • middle-class taig

    slug

    bet your ass

  • Gerry O’Sullivan

    DWS aren’t bad. A little weak, perhaps, on South America, but not bad.

    Few independent merchants are bothering to make a song and dance about South American wine, Chilean in particular. Chile produces way more than it could possibly consume, so has to export much of its annual production. (Argentina in contrast has a much bigger domestic market, and so has less of a reliance on exports.) Add to this the fact that Chilean wine is traded in US$, and with the greenback being as weak as it is, has brought the price down. So the supermarkets are doing most of the running in this area, and independents (like DWS) can’t compete.

  • middle-class taig

    that makes sense, Gerry. The Supermarket selection on S.Am. is pretty depressing. Is there anywhere here does the better medium-price end; the Weinerts of this world. I for one don’t mind the price coming down. Good + cheap beats good every time for me.

  • cladycowboy

    Give me a decent German wheat beer anyday…

  • peteb

    Gerry

    The figures may not actually be broken down that far.. although I may be wrong.. as far as I can tell Mintel will only release the survey if you pay them.. and I’m not prepared to do that.

  • middle-class taig

    cc, no complaints there either

    Gerry, while it may seem a little unrepublican of me to ask this, you don’t have the comparable figures for “the Mainland”, do you?

  • Gerry O’Sullivan

    MCT

    Which ‘Mainland’ do you mean? ;o)

  • middle-class taig

    Eurasia.

    Obviously.

  • slug

    If you follow the link to the Daily Telegraph piece you can see that France and Germany are seeing rather strong drops in alcohol consumption, as people move to lower alcohol. It is in Britain that sees this rise. We are behind these other European countries. I think that as the level of development continues people will realise that taking alcohol is ok in small quantities but large quantites is unhealthy and a waste of your talents.

    I might add, however, that some of the decline in Germany and France could be down to their ageing populations compared to Britain.

  • darthrumsfeld

    I always found Chilean and South African wines better when those countries were right wing dictatorships. Perhaps that means we can expect to see USA wines improve :0)

  • eranu

    are wine bottles used for petrol bombs these days then? and if so, which countries wines does each side prefer ??