Spitting, India, Wal-Mart, millennials, Champagne – sipped & spit

SIPPED: spitting!
“The length and precision of the stream are just unbelievable.” No, this is not something from Urology. They actually have a wine spitting contest in France! [France24]

SIPPED: tariffs
Will India develop a thirst for wine? Maybe after it reduces its thirst for 150+% tariffs & taxes. [WSJ]

SPIT: human interaction
Remember those wine vending machines in PA? WalMart wants in. Redbox DVD? Check. Wine from kiosk? Check. Humans? Nil. [The Consumerist]

SPIT: 7-eleven wine
Millennial “would rather die” than drink wine sold at 7-Eleven. [Thomson Family Vineyards]

SIPPED: bankruptcy
A&P grocery stores, which purchased Best Cellars in 2007, filed for bankruptcy yesterday. Given that Royal Ahold (owner of Stop & Shop) is already circling, the new, merged company could be called Stop & P. [Bloomberg]

SIPPED: foreign ownership?
Speaking of distress sales, a French blogger wonders if a Chinese bidder may emerge for Heidsieck Champagnes. Sure, one may come forward, but it will have to do better than India’s United Breweries, which received a “frosty reception” bidding on Taittinger in 2006.

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2 Responses to “Spitting, India, Wal-Mart, millennials, Champagne – sipped & spit”

  1. Dear Dr. Vino, we don’t believe in spitting at Thomson Vineyards, The Farmer says he knows how hard it is to put those grapes in that bottle. Nevertheless, thanks for the mention in today’s post. From Carneros, The Millennial Daughter

  2. regarding SPIT for the 7-eleven wines: We need change in culture. In Italy, at every AutoGrill (typical rest area restaurant along the highway) you can buy a variety of wines – and they are nothing to spit about :). I know I’m asking for too much, but may be one day the cultural change will actually take place…


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