Analysis

Time to introduce new wine categories

The binary terms used to describe wine, as either ‘commercial’ or ‘terroir-driven’, aren’t sufficient, says Robert Joseph. He has some suggestions.
 

Ways around wine labelling

Barnaby Eales looks at how the front labels of some wines can suggest one origin, when the wine really comes from somewhere else.

The UK wine market strangled by red tape

As the UK moves towards the Brexit cliff, wine will be one of the first industries to go over the edge. James Lawrence reports.

The great wine migration

Many people decide to buy a vineyard in retirement. What happens next?

Proof that old vines add value

Research from the University of Cape Town shows that using old vine fruit earns winemakers more money. This effort to quantify the gains, says Michael Fridjhon, will help keep these treasures alive.
 

Why are wine bottles round in shape?

Think how much space and money could be saved if wine bottles were square instead of round, says Robert Joseph.

As France’s wine industry contracts, an incalculable cultural loss

Every year, the number of French vineyards and wineries falls, as people retire or exit the business. Robert Joseph asks what can be done to reinvigorate the sector.
 

South Africa’s wine industry faces collapse

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress party has slapped a ban on the domestic sale of alcohol. This, plus the loss of wine tourism, threatens to cripple the wine industry, says Michael Fridjhon.
 

For and against the clean wine trend

Cameron Diaz has just released a ‘clean’ wine and a debate has followed. Robert Joseph agrees with the critics. Up to a point.
 

The wine innovation that deserves more attention

Screwcaps and wine cans have offered consumers new and easier ways to get acquainted with wine. It’s time the Bag-in-Box got just as much respect, says Robert Joseph.
 

Time for the wine trade to take action

Virus flare-ups, tariffs, mass unemployment. While nobody can predict the future, the indicators are grim. Felicity Carter has some suggestions.

What’s holding up wine shipping in the US?

It’s been 15 years since the US Supreme Court voted to allow interstate wine sales. Yet out-of-state commerce is still stuck. Jeff Siegel asks why.

On mixing wine and politics

Many people were horrified to find out how many members of the US wine industry donated to the party of Trump. Wait a minute, says Robert Joseph
 

Wine’s inside information

How will consumers react to back labels that list wine ingredients? A group of researchers went and asked them. Felicity Carter reports.

The big pivot

The pandemic has meant that only those with imagination will survive, says Robert Joseph.