Analysis

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.
 

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?