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Spain: Time for a Rethink in Rioja?

The Rioja classification system has tradition and determines marketing. Ever cheaper Reservas, however, are causing criticism and fueling doubts about the traditional model. David Schwarzwälder reports.

Reading time: 6m 30s

Penfolds goes French, following in some Illustrious Footsteps

Will Penfolds decision to launch super-premium French, Californian and French-Australian and California-Australia blends under its own label inspire others to follow its example? Robert Joseph reports. 

Reading time: 6 m

Georgia: Caucasus Blues

Georgia has so far been able to preserve an independent wine culture. The Soviet legacy is still visible, but it is crumbling as the cards are reshuffled. Simon Werner reports.

Reading time: 7m

Devil's Advocate - Building Bridges with Academics

Wine professionals and wine business researchers have inhabited very similar bubbles. Robert Joseph suggests that they ought to get together.

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Devil's Advocate - Peer Pleasure

Robert Joseph looks at evidence suggesting that praising one's competitors may make good business sense.

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State of the Cape: Interview with Rico Basson and Maryna Calow

The South African wine industry had an especially tough time during the pandemic, with challenges including restrictions on exports as well as domestic sales. Rico Basson, managing director of Vinpro, a non-profit company that represents close to 2,600 South African wine producers, and Maryna Calow head of communications at Wines of South Africa, speak frankly about the industry today.

Reading time: 9m 50s

Devil's Advocate - When Jancis Robinson was a Wine Influencer

Instagrammers and influencers are supplanting traditional wine critics. Robert Joseph suggests that this is less of a novelty than some might suppose.

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Terra (In)cognita - Douro Valley and Trás-os-Montes Region in Portugal

While classics are being reinterpreted on the Douro without losing sight of tradition, the neighbouring region of Trás-os-Montes is waking up from its slumber. Simon Werner reports.

Reading time: 6m 30s

Robotic Vehicles are Driving into the World’s Vineyards

California is catching up with Europe with driverless tractors, and ones that can multitask while running on renewable electricity. Roger Morris reports.

Reading time: 4m 15s