Analysis

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 isn’t 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.
 

The value of familiarity in wine

Emerging regions are regularly encouraged to lead with their indigenous grapes. Robert Joseph says this could be a mistake.
 

The many faces of the wine consumer

Should producers trouble to find out who, exactly drinks the wine they make? Robert Joseph says they should.
 

What is sustainability in wine?

When writers from around the world were asked to write about sustainability, their entries revealed just how complex the topic really is.
 

In praise of the blockbuster wine

The blockbuster wines that line supermarket aisles have an important role to play in the wine industry, says Robert Joseph.

In praise of wine typicity

Robert Joseph finds he’s changed his mind on the question of changing wine styles.

What’s the problem with celebrity wines?

Celebrity wines are proliferating on retail shelves. Is this a good or a bad thing? Robert Joseph offers some thoughts.

The grape of things to come

Wine grapes are under threat from a combination of climate change and a rising backlash again the use of fungicides. Robert Joseph looks at the thorny question of hybrids and wonders if there isn’t a better solution.