News and notes related to the Wine Curmudgeon’s favorite subject, quality, inexpensive wine:
• The market focuses on cheap wine (or, I become hip and trendy): Which, of course, is a scary thought. But some anecdotal evidence suggests that a potentially major shakeout is underway in the retail marketplace, as consumers look for less expensive wine. One major Dallas-area retailer says he can’t move anything that costs more than $10 or $12, and even $15 wine is sitting on the shelves. Meanwhile, an executive at a well-respected importer told me “Seems like everyone is asking for wines under $25 –- and we don’t have many, alas.” I’ll have an in-depth look at what’s happening, as promised, after the first of the year.