Take care: wines are getting stronger | Life and style | The Observer

Last weekend’s article from the Guardian’s ‘The Observer’ justifies a skim by any wine lover.  But before you click the link, my two cents…

First, please note the article’s premise – that the global average alcohol in wine has increased by 2% over 20 years – is greatly misleading.  It refers to an increase in average alcohol from, say, 12.5% in 1994 to 14.5% in 2014 (a 16% increase), not merely a 2% increase OF the base rate (or in this example, 12.5% x 1.02 = a more modest 12.8%). [Disclaimer, my numbers are for example only, yet are roughly accurate, based on my memory of prior research and reading.]

Also, the article understates the contentious nature of the “low alcohol vs high alcohol” camps within the wine world – the intra-industry vitriol launched between the two opposing camps is the sort of stuff you can’t read out load in front of the kids.  

As a wine merchant, I’d appreciate your feedback regarding the wine style you prefer, if any.  I welcome all wine lovers into our camp.  It would also be helpful to hear whether you usually drink wine on its own (as a “Cocktail”) or with food, and if you drink wine in both settings, whether you prefer the same or different wine styles.  Many thanks…

Take care: wines are getting stronger | Life and style | The Observer.

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