Analysis

Vladimir Putin and his Friends – Taking Control of Russian Wine

When he is not focusing his attention on his invasion of Ukraine, the Russian president and his entourage take a particular interest in wine. Last year, laws allowing domestic wine to be described as shampanskoe on official labels while Champagne could only be called ‘sparkling wine’ hit the headlines. But, as Sergey Panov reveals, other moves have been far more significant.

Reading time: 8m 30​s​​​​​

Austria: Well Equipped to Face the Competition

Record export results, a large number of international visitors at VieVinum, and a superb 2021 vintage: Austria is brimming with lots of energy in the world wine market. Sascha Speicher reports.

Reading time: 2m 50s

Guest feature: Sarah Heller MW on the Language of Wine

Sarah Heller, Asia’s youngest Master of Wine, is unusually well qualified to discuss wine communication in its broadest sense. An exhibited visual artist, TV host and wine columnist, she speaks English, Chinese, German, Italian and French with basic Korean and Spanish, and is one of the three key lecturers on the faculty of the Vinitaly International Academy.

Reading time: 4m 20s

Wine by Glass Sales Thriving with Luxury Pours and To-Go Sales

As diners flock back to restaurants in the U.S., wine by-the-glass service has been invigorated by changes brought on my new technology and those wrought by Covid lockdowns. Roger Morris reports. 

Reading time: 5 minutes 

 

Looking for China's Sweet Spot

Chinese wine drinkers have, until now, been influenced by traditional European preferences for dry red and white wine. But, as in the US, sales of sweeter versions of both colours are growing, as Lin Liu MW reports.

Reading time: 5m 15s

Survey: Why People Buy One Wine Rather than Another?

Every day, consumers across the world choose to buy one bottle of wine from the range on offer on the shelves of a shop or a restaurant wine list? What drives their choice?

Participating time: 10 minutes

Turkey’s Way Out: Beyond Tourism to Exports?

Wine producers have relied on tourism for sales, but conditions in the country are pushing them to rethink exports. Barnaby Eales reports.

Reading time: 5m 30s

Challenging Times for ProWein

After many years of being the unassailable giant of wine traded fairs, this year's postponed ProWein was a relatively quiet event, with only 13,000 more visitors than attended Wine Paris/Vinexpo in February when the pandemic was raging far more fiercely. As Robert Joseph reports, the two events are firmly squaring up for a competitive few weeks at the beginning of 2023.

Reading time: 4m 10s

Before ProWein we had a long talk with Michael Degen, Executive Director Trade Fairs of Messe Düsseldorf, you find the interview here.

New Start for the Ahr

Meininger has returned to the Ahr wine region nine months after the flood. Although piles of rubble still incite anger, sleeves are rolled up and the focus is firmly on the future. Simon Werner reports what he found there.  

Reading time: 5m 50s

TikTok for Wine Lovers: Made For Each Other, or Quite Incompatible?

The rapidly-growing short video platform has broadened its audience from dance-crazy teenagers to adults interested in wine. But the relationship between TikTok and alcohol is not straightforward, as Alice Dawkins reveals.

Reading time: 6m

Engineered Yeast for Custom Wine Flavours? Manage Your Expectations

Yeast can help give wines flavours such as vanilla and raspberry, but more complex flavours are still trickier, and making Trebbiano taste like Sauvignon Blanc is still some way off, as Erika Szymanski of Colorado State University explains.

Reading time: 5m 15s

Climate Change, Chinese Embargo and Covid: Hard Times for the Australian Wine Industry

The last two years have been a great challenge for the Australian wine industry. Jeni Port gives an overview of recent developments and possible solutions.

Reading time: 5m 20s

Sauvignon Blanc – the Dark Horse of the Wine World

Even as recently as 25 years ago, the suggestion that Sauvignon Blanc would become the most popular grape variety – of either colour – in Britain, the most competitive wine market in the world, would have been dismissed as fanciful. Robert Joseph looks back at this unlikely success story.

Reading time: 5m 40s

Wine Service in a Time of Pandemic

In the United States restaurant patrons and staff say goodbye to ‘before Covid,’ adapt to ‘during Covid,’ and wonder if there will ever be an ‘after Covid.’ Roger Morris reports. 

Reading time: 4m 25s

The Evolution of the Charity Wine Auction

Wine charity auctions on both sides of the Atlantic are changing, as  L.M. Archer and Edward Lewis discover.

Reading time: 12 minutes