Analysis

Big Isn't All Bad

'Small is Beautiful' ia a widely-held belief, while 'Big Wine' is demonised. Robert Joseph wonders whether this is fair.

Second Smallest French Wine Harvest?

Latest estimates place the 2021 harvest at the lower end of previous expectations.

Vintage, non-vintage and multi-vintage.

Roederer has decided to stop making non-vintage Champagne. Instead, it has announced that it will produce multi-vintage wine. Robert Joseph considers the pros and cons of making wines that reflect the character of the year, and the lessons Champagne could teach the rest of the wine world

The Surprising Pink Wine Trade

Robert Joseph takes a quizzical look at the amounts of rosé that are being shipped between neighbouring countries in Europe

Icons with feet on the ground

Jancis Robinson MW OBE has sold her website to Recurrent Media, a venture capital business. Robert Joseph looks back at the many years of work that led up to this sale – and sees surprising parallels between the British wine critic and a global rock icon.

Barolo and Brassieres

Robert Joseph takes a sideways look at the parallels between underwear and wine.

Italy's biggest companies

Mediobanca publishes its ranking of Italy's largest wine and spirits companies.

History didn't end

Robert Joseph sees a connection between global political trends and the evolution of the wine industry.

The new state of international logistics

An analysis by winebroker Angelo Cotrone from Ciatti.

Making wine is not enough

Some wine producers resent the time and effort required to promote and sell their wine. Robert Joseph suggests that this is an attitude that will have to change.

Concentration in the beer market

Only ten companies account for two thirds of global beer production.

Strength in numbers

The Italian cooperatives have weathered 2020 with a total increase in turnover of one percent. However, the companies are developing very differently.

In search of truth

"Wines that tell stories" is the region's motto on the Valdepeñas website. Not all the stories currently being told contribute to the positive image of the Spanish PDO. Jürgen Mathäß reports.

Wine in German food retail

Food retail is the most important sales market for wine in Germany. An overview of how the category is currently developing.

Superblends at Super Prices

Penfolds is launching two new wines at prices that rival the highest commanded for any Australian wine. Robert Joseph considers the rights and wrongs of this kind of strategy.