Analysis

How the pandemic could re-shape the on-trade

If major corporations begin to re-think their need for office space, the restaurants and bars of the big cities could be in trouble. Robert Joseph asks what this means for the on-trade wine scene.

In defence of wine influencers

Nothing seems to stir up as much passion as "influencers", particularly the Instagram variety. Robert Joseph asks why all the fuss – they do, after all, have a role to play.
 

Fine wine after the pandemic

Pauline Vicard from ARENI Global talks to international experts inside and outside the world of fine wine and looks at the impact of Covid-19.

The wine unicorns are (not) coming

Predictions about the post-pandemic environment are many and varied. Robert Joseph asks whether there will be a widespread return to the small and artisanal.

The impact of the pandemic on German wine producers

A new report from Geisenheim University charts the impact of the novel coronavirus on Germany’s wine sector - and the news is grim. Felicity Carter looks at the winners and losers.
 

New ways to get wine into consumer hands

The days of consumer wine tastings are over for the time being. What can the wine trade do instead to get consumers to sample something new? Robert Joseph has some thoughts.
 

How wineries can survive a recession

While other companies were hurting during the Great Recession, Delicato Family Wines grew at double digits. Felicity Carter finds out how they did it.
 

Wine market knowledge more important than ever

Robert Joseph says that as economies begin to open up, there will be new pressures on wine retail. One way to cope is to arm yourself with knowledge.

Back to wine basics

The pandemic is making consumers choose the safe and familiar, including in wine. Robert Joseph says it's time for wine producers to make life simpler for them.

Wine's triple bottom line

Sophie Kevany looks at how social and environmental responsibility can feed the bottom line.

South Africa’s disconnect

Its wines are winning rave reviews, but its growers are giving up. Michael Fridjhon explains the paradox.

Champagne shipments decline

The French are drinking less Champagne, causing sales to fall. Richard Woodard looks at the consequences.

A new Chinese relationship with wine

The Chinese have, so far, used wine for socialising, not in-home consumption. But, says Jim Boyce, there are signs that the epidemic has changed that.

Perspectives on the US wine tariffs

US tariffs are still in force on wines from France, Spain and Germany. Jason Sych speaks to some of the people grappling with the fallout.

Why wine movies keep falling flat

Robert Joseph considers Uncorked, Netflix's new movie, and wonders if film-makers have missed something fundamental about wine.