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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. 

Chile’s backstage winemakers

Some of the most influential winemakers in Chile are the least well known. Marcela Burgos meets them at some of Chile’s biggest companies.

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.