Posts Tagged ‘Worst’



Unlike most other wine categories, Champagne sales were not sufficiently buoyed by surging demand from Asia and North America to compensate for declining shipments to Europe in 2012. A large share of consignments are Europe-bound and because of this, the economic crisis hit the region with a full frontal attack.


According to Champagne marketing board CIVC, sales of Champagne for the first eleven months of 2012 were down 3.8 percent on the previous year. The fall is primarily due to a drop in sales in France – the region’s largest market – where they declined by 5.2 percent to 144.35 million bottles, though also to falling volumes in Europe. Moving annual totals within Europe dropped by 8.3 percent due to markets such as the United Kingdom and Germany. However, Thibaut Le Mailloux, spokesman for the marketing board, said the figures should be put into perspective: “the downturn comes on the back of two years of strong growth that followed the 2008-2009 financial crisis”.

Fortunately, although many of the region’s sales outlets are in Europe, non-EU countries came to the rescue with a rise of 3.5 percent in sales. The Chinese market may well be geared to red wines, the first half of 2012 saw it reach a turning point with China entering the top 10 export destinations for Champagne for the first time ever. Sales surged by almost 100 percent to 947,713 bottles over the half-year. Fellow Asian market Japan also rose significantly (+26 percent) to over 4.5 million bottles.

Read on …

Also read:


If you work in real estate, social media or other technology fields, you could have a banner year in 2013. Those industries are primed for growth as an economic recovery kicks in and innovative new companies continue to change the way people live, work and communicate.
But many Americans work on the darker side of the economy, in fading industries whose best days are probably in the past. New technology is making some businesses less and less relevant, while others struggle to find customers in a global economy that’s still weak, or face severe pressure to cut costs. To identify the most vulnerable industries, I asked industry-research firm IBISWorld to rank more than 1,000 industries according to the percentage of jobs they’re likely to gain or lose over the next 12 months. Here are the industries expected to shrink the most in 2013:

Photofinishing (a projected 15 percent decline in jobs). You don’t need an Instagram account to know that most people archive their photos online these days instead of gathering them in old-fashioned photo albums. And people who print photos tend to use online services or do it themselves at home. Those trends are airbrushing traditional retail photo outlets out of the economy.

Read on …


Excessive exposure to bad content has been linked to irreversible brain damage. Women should not read bad content during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects. Consumption of bad content may impair your ability to drive or operate machinery, and may cause sudden death syndrome.
Wine Folly is nearing our 1 year anniversary.
This means a couple of things: That we are drinking a lot of wine. It also means that we’re taking a good hard look at what worked and what didn’t over the last year.

While slightly intoxicated we had an idea. (Likely a bad idea.) Why not celebrate our worst posts of 2012? Without further ado, we present to you…

Yep. We suck.
Top 10 Worst Posts of 2012

#10 The Champagne Spoon Trick Works.. If You Believe in Magic
It’s a fun little myth that a silver spoon can keep your Champagne nice and bubbly. We actually like this post, but the metrics tell us it’s a stinker. Oh well!

Read on …