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Fred Franzia, the Questionable Pillar of the US Wine Industry

Head of the fourth largest wine business in California, and its biggest landowner, Fred T Franzia, who died on September 13, aged 79, was a spectacularly divisive character. Robert Joseph considers both sides of the story.

Reading time: 10m

Russia Welcomes Parallel Wine Imports

Nearly eight months after Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine in February 2022, despite sanctions and decisions by wine producers to leave the Russian market, sales in Russia are surprisingly vibrant. Sergey Panov reveals how Russian lawmakers, parallel traders, offshore companies and Kazakh consignees have all played their part.

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Interview: Matthew Horkey Making a Living as a YouTuber

In a rare interview, Matthew Horkey tells us what skills you need to be successful, how he engages with the platform and why wine is the next big thing on YouTube.

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"Know your customers"

D2C, direct-to-customer, becomes an increasingly more important distribution channel. At the same time, traditional retail has to fight to maintain its place. Is there an easy shortcut to the customer? In his guest commentary, Dr. Matthias Schu, e-food professional, gives us his opinion.

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Alcohol-free Wines Raise their Game: Rising Stars from Germany

Meininger Verlag has tested 247 alcohol-free wines in one of the largest tastings for this category to date. Clemens Gerke reports on quality developments in this growing field.

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France's Top Wine Brands Woo US Consumers With More Affordable Wines

The producers of some of France’s most-valued wines also make very affordable négociant wines. Roger Morris updates their progress.

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Germany: VDP Wines Punch Above Their Weight

VDP wineries may only represent 3% of the German market by volume, but their 10% of the value makes them very significant. It also explains the importance of  the annual Grosses Gewächs (Grand Cru) tasting. Alexandra Wrann of WEINWIRTSCHAFT takes a closer look.

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Wine Booms Online in South Korea

The South Korean wine market is showing impressive growth. Behavioural shifts that evolved during the global pandemic, such as drinking at home, ordering and studying wine online, are becoming more widespread. New categories like natural, orange, biodynamic and lower alcohol wine are spiking consumer interest, and the demand for wine education is surging. The increasing popularity of wine amongst younger drinkers indicates additional growth opportunities for brand owners and producers. Louise Hurren reports.

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VDP White GG 2021: Wide Field of White

A good 60 white wines other than Riesling entered the lineup at the preview. This large complement to the traditional white wine GGs is far more than a marginal note of the Wiesbaden preview. Some of the wines were of a particularly high standard. Christoph Nicklas reports.

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