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Will Climate Change Make Wine Healthier - or Less Healthy?

Becca Yeamans-Irwin takes a scientific look at the credibility of health claims that are made about wine, and the possible impact of a changing climate.

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Will Climate Change Make Wine Healthier - or Less Healthy?

Becca Yeamans-Irwin takes a scientific look at the credibility of health claims that are made about wine, and the possible impact of a changing climate.

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Hybrids: Finding a Place

In a world apparently tiring of experts, there is at least one in the viticultural sphere that we should be grateful for. In 2020, research led by Andrew Walker, a geneticist and professor of viticulture and enology at UC Davis, led to the release of five new grape varieties. They have some advantages in common. Sarah Philips McCartan reports.

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US Joins EU in Move to Nutritional Labelling for Wine

As European legislators have moved to require ingredient and nutritional information on wine labels (or via a QR code), US consumer groups have fought to achieve the same objective. After nearly 20 years, it looks as though they have one their fight.

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Fine Wine Power 100: Burgundy Overtakes Bordeaux, Ch. Margaux Loses Top 10 Place

London-based wine exchange Liv-ex has released its latest Power 100 list of the strongest fine wine brands or producers. The list is based on the period from 1 October 2021 to 30 September 2022. Bordeaux is ousted from the top 10, the list is now dominated by Burgundy. 

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The Robert Nicholson Interview: US Investment in Bordeaux. More to Come?

Robert Nicholson, principal of International Wine Associates, advises on merger & acquisition in the wine industry. Most recently, he was involved in the purchase of Château Lascombes by the Lawrence Family. In this exclusive interview Nicholson frankly considers the likelihood of other US buyers buying French wine businesses.

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France Loses the Creator of Vin de France - and a Formidable Blogeur

In 2001, Jacques Berthomeau who died this month, shocked the French wine establishment by recommending the creation of a new classification called Vin de France that would enable producers to compete with varietal wines from the New World. Eight years later, his idea became reality. Today, it is a huge success - both for those exports, and - perhaps surprisingly for him - for many of the natural wine producers Berthomeau later wrote about in his blog.

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2022 Vintage Preview in Austria

Apart from late harvest and sweet wine specialties, the Austrian grape harvest is near completion. Austrian winegrowers faced challenges in terms of climate and production costs in the year 2022. The course of the weather required attentive care, but the resulting quality looks very good, and particularly good for red wines. The strong demand for Austrian wine at home and abroad should help absorb increased costs for energy and packaging materials.

100-Year Anniversary Zweigelt

Charming and bursting with juicy, red-berried fruit, Austria’s most popular and widely planted black grape variety celebrates its 100th birthday in 2022.

SIMEI and WBWE Wrap Up a Very Different Year of Wine Fairs

After two years of pandemic, 2022 will be remembered as the year when, like other sectors, the wine industry had to come to terms with a very different world.

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Trend Awareness

When does a trend emerge - and when is it conjured up? How often have we marveled at the emperor's new clothes in recent years and ultimately discovered that they are just old rags after all? A commentary by Alexandra Wrann, Editor-in-Chief of our sister publication WEINWIRTSCHAFT.

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The Quality-Driven Basque Separatists of Rioja

The dispute over the Basque part of Rioja, the "Rioja Alavesa", continues following the Basque regional government approval of the DO "Arabako Mahastiak - Viñedos de Álava". The Basques have a strong argument: higher quality standards.

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Do Agglomerate Corks Make Wines Astringent?

Meininger's publishes academic papers in the interest of sharing knowledge within the industry and sparking debate. We welcome responses and submissions.
 

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