Analysis

The new virtual tool: Online wine tastings worldwide

Not all online tasting is the same. From the motives to the technical implementation, there are major differences internationally, as Geisenheim University recently analyzed.

A study by Prof. Dr. Gergely Szolnoki, Dr. Maximilian Tafel, Marvin Blaß, Hochschule Geisenheim University, and Niklas Ridoff, Calle Nilsson, WineTourism.com

Valpolicella market analysis presented at Annual Conference

The "Valpolicella Annual Conference" was held digitally  and was a complete success. The export business remained stable, but the domestic market dropped. Veronika Crecelius reports.

Online wine tastings as company events

Casual social interactions with coworkers are important to a company's synergy and team building. The pandemic has changed these routines. Online wine tastings became popular as an alternative to in-person gatherings.

Dr. Sophie Ghvanidze and the International Wine Business students at Hochschule Geisenheim University conducted a study to find out how companies and their employees experienced online wine tastings as team building events and whether online tastings are likely to stick around after the pandemic ends.

How 2020 changed our wine social life

It was a dreadful year for the international wine trade and yet, says Robert Joseph, it glimmered with one silver lining.

What the book trade can teach wine

The book trade has had a difficult time in the pandemic, but some of their solutions may be applicable to wine, says Robert Joseph.
 

Is Burgundy hot or not?

This weekend’s Hospices de Beaune auction saw buying records smashed, and a result that was the second best in the event’s history. But, elsewhere, the price of Burgundy is falling. What’s going on? Felicity Carter takes a look.
 

A strong new competitor

The wine industry needs to take note of the emergence of the hard seltzer in the US market, says Robert Joseph.

The wine trade seeks a problem solver

Robert Joseph recalls the moment Burgundy changed forever and says that something similar is underway right now. Is there someone who can step up and develop the technology needed?
 

Changes in consumption

The news about consumer behaviour during the pandemic has been contradictory, with the media reporting surging online wine sales alongside stories about people giving up drinking altogether. James Lawrence talks to retailers and distributors in Europe, to get their perspectives.

The end of the sommelier?

Roger Morris looks at the plight of American sommeliers in a Covid-19 world.

Small wineries are not always better

Small, family owned wineries are always assumed to make artisanal, sustainable wines. Felicity Carter asks if it’s true.

What does “drink local” mean?

The French are famously patriotic about their own wines. Robert Joseph says it’s because they don’t realise how much foreign wine they’re drinking. 

The grounding of wine

Airlines were already cutting back on the quality of their wine offerings. And then the pandemic hit. Robert Joseph reports.

Water into bulk wine

Castilla La Mancha has restructured its viticulture to be more commercially competitive. But, says Barnaby Eales, this has come at a cost.

A rosé by any other name would still be pink

Clean wine, natural wine, fine wine – all of these are contested terms. Robert Joseph says he’s changed his mind about the language of wine.