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Subject: WINE INDUSTRY INSIGHT - Peter Duff & Wife Die. Also: February Brand Wine Sales Winners And Losers

Date: 2009-03-11 23:17:05

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  • Peter Duff, Wife Die Together At Zurich Euthanasia Clinic

  • February Brand Wine Sales Winners And Losers

  • Vinography Takes Top Honors At 2009 American Wine Blog Awards

  •  Cruvee/Scrugy Merge Online Wine Data Services

Peter Duff, Wife Die Together At Zurich Euthanasia Clinic

Peter Duff, Executive Vice President of the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC), cofounder of the UK Wine Guild and founder of Alcohol in Moderation and his wife Penelope (Penny) both ended their battle against terminal cancer at the Dignitas clinic in Zurich, Switzerland. Peter Duff was 80, Penelope, 70.

In an email to Wine Industry Insight their daughter, Helen Conibear, said her father, “believed passionately that there was a lack of voice for the culture of moderation, generally, within society, but specifically in regard to the moderate enjoyment of alcohol as an integral part of many societies, religions and cultures over the millennia,” and noted that Duff worked with the late Robert Mondavi to promote drinking in moderation. AIM today has a Social Scientific and Medical Council of nineteen professors and specialists from around the world.

In an earlier public statement released by Conibear, she said: “Peter and Penny Duff passed away peacefully together in Zurich after a long battle against their terminal cancer on February 27.

“Penny had fought a rare cancer, GIST, since 1992 and Peter’s colon cancer had spread to his liver. Their decision in no way reflected on the wonderful and humbling care they have received from their consultant, doctors and nurses, for which the family, and they, were so appreciative.

GIST - Gastrointestinal stromal tumor is a rare cancer affecting the digestive tract or nearby structures within the abdomen.

“Their family are very distressed that they have not had the opportunity to write to their parents’ many friends and colleagues before the news reached the press, papers were not yet in order to enable this. They ask for dignity and respect at this difficult time and for this statement to be accepted without further comment until official matters are resolved.”

She also said her father particularly enjoyed the IWSC, which he joined as a board member in 1978. “He so enjoyed the friendships he made through the competition, and the wonderful wines he encountered as a result. I think it gave him more pleasure than any of his other ventures.”

Conibear and his two other daughters, Sherry and Alison, all work for AIM which Duffy founded in 1991.

February Brand Wine Sales Winners And Losers

Of the largest 100 brands (by total dollar sales), box and value-priced wines remained as sales growth winners in February, 2009 according to a Wine Business Insight analysis of data from Information Resources, Inc. (IRI).

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Boxes from Delicato, Carlo Rossi and Vendage took first, second and sixth places with percent sales gains of 109.8, 100.5 and 58.7 percent respectively. Others in the top 10 had gains of 43.8 to 86.2 percent.


The worst-performing brands were down from 15.4 percent (Kenwood)  to 37 percent (Pepperwood Grove) from the same period last year. All the other brands at the bottom were also well-known names including Kenwood, Glen Ellen, Robert Mondavi, Sterling, and Gallo’s Turning Leaf.


The largest brands overall found themselves with respectable growth, but solidly in the middle of the 100 wines in the sample. Franzia, the third largest brand by dollar volume found that having a box was no guarantee of a top growth position. It came in 45th with a sales gain of 9.4 percent and overall sales of almost $14 million.

However, other large brands — including Yellow Tail, Simi, K-J and Gallo Family Vineyards –  found their sales increases below the average of all wines for this period.

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Vinography Takes Top Honors At 2009 American Wine Blog Awards

Vinography has taken ” Best Overall” honors in the 2009 American Wine Blog Awards produced by Tom Wark, publisher of FERMENTATION: The Daily Wine Blog.

Vinography also took top honors in the “Best Wine Writing On a Blog” category.

Other winners included:

The American Wine Blog Awards, now in their third year, honor the best in writing, wine reviews, graphics, business blogging, single subject focus, winery blogging and overall best wine blog.

The American Wine Blog Awards are sponsored by Riedel Crystal, Mutineer Magazine and The OpenWine Consortium. The recipients of the the Awards will be honored at a ceremony taking place in Sonoma, County, California at the Wine Bloggers Conference in July.

“Quite literally wine blogs and the democratization of wine writing that they represent are changing the wine industry and the way consumers learn about wine,” said Wark. The winners of the 2009 American Wine Blog Awards are only the tip of an iceberg that is 800+ wine blogs deep and consists of a number of top wine enthusiasts and wine professionals that are giving the industry and consumers a new perspective on wine.”

For more information about the American Wine Blog Awards go to: http://www.fermentation.typepad.com .

 Cruvee/Scrugy Merge Online Wine Data Services

Cruvee which monitors and analyzes social media information  for wineries, has acquired competitor,  scrugy.com, an online  aggregator of tasting notes, reviews, wineries and  wine blogs.

scrugy.com founder James Jory joins Cruvee as VP Technology

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