Browsing through TWS lists before putting in an order a couple of items came to light.
The choice available from the different regions, the answer to some anomalies are self evident ie the WS does not reflect the general public’s buying in supermarkets, it by nature has a different clientele, none the less some ares seem out of kilter.
Two countries stand out, Australia with 39 wines on offer from the biggest in bulk exporter to the UK seems a bit mean and the list is not very inspiring considering what Australia has to offer outside the big brands.
Argentina has plummeted in what is offered to just twelve bottles from around a peak of thirty plus, bit of a one grape wonder, currently, but none the less very popular some great wines and very popular generally.
You can understand all those NZ SBs and PNs as they are a higher price bracket and SB is just about the biggest selling grape, so a good earner for the WS.
Germany I have commented on before, 39 wines which is above I would think its current sales position on offers? but has a strange collection in choice and a pretty stagnant producer base.
No doubt everyone can come up with different takes on what the WS offers, in real terms it has a very good across the board range in most price brackets, its south of France range is probably its best feature and no way can any organisation be all things to all men.
But the two stand out countries are a puzzle to me as to why they have become almost neglected, perhaps the WS simply doesn’t sell enough from there to warrant expansion, that may be so but sales rely on an attractive range and those two are not very attractive at the moment.
The recent rise rightly in the offerings from SA show good choice as an example, why not Australia and Argentina?