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Champagne shipments decline

The French are drinking less Champagne, causing sales to fall. Richard Woodard looks at the consequences.

A new Chinese relationship with wine

The Chinese have, so far, used wine for socialising, not in-home consumption. But, says Jim Boyce, there are signs that the epidemic has changed that.

Perspectives on the US wine tariffs

US tariffs are still in force on wines from France, Spain and Germany. Jason Sych speaks to some of the people grappling with the fallout.

A wine bottle that’s flat out different

Jason Sych puts the flat wine bottle through its paces, to see if it does what its creator promises it can do.

There is no shame in wineries asking for help

Robert Joseph says that struggling wineries have nothing to lose by talking to their customers.

Why wine movies keep falling flat

Robert Joseph considers Uncorked, Netflix's new movie, and wonders if film-makers have missed something fundamental about wine.

Is French wine the greatest in the world?

Once upon a time, France was the undisputed monarch of the wine world. Today, its vineyard area is shrinking, and vignerons are retiring. Felicity Carter listens to two experts speaking about the state of French wine today.
 

Can virtual wine tastings be saved?

Social media has been running hot with criticisms of virtual wine tastings. The problem? They’re boring. Robert Joseph suggests some solutions.

Taking exception to wine exceptionalism

How exceptional a product is wine? And if it is exceptional, what are the market implications? Robert Joseph weighs in.