Due to damaging spring frosts France’s 2017 wine harvest might fall by as much as 17%. This would mean that many wines will become harder to get ahold of and thus more expensive.
For the first half of 2017 American craft beer production volumes have increased by 5% as opposed 2016’s mid-year increase of 8% and 2015’s of 16%. While growth does continue a millennial preference for wine urges caution.
Pennsylvania’s system of state owned liquor stores has the authority to decide prices for 150 top-selling wine brands and 150 top-selling spirits brands. Prices have not been increased since the 1990s.
South Africa has a highly complex, multi-layered appellation system that organizes wine producing areas into regions, districts, and wards. They have now added a new “Cape Town” Wine of Origin designation that they hope will help with international sales.