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Devil's Advocate - Will Young Sommeliers be the Influencers of Tomorrow?

In recent years, traditional wine critics have been increasingly supplanted by young influencers on Instagram and YouTube. Freshly returned from a 'Sommelier Bootcamp'  Robert Joseph wonders if that new breed of communicators might be about to face a challenge of their own.

Reading time: 4m 45s

Devil's Advocate - Making Wine More Than a Summer Romance

There is a huge gap between the wines we enjoy on holiday and what we drink at home. Robert Joseph suggests a possible way to bridge it.

Reading time: 2m

Devil's Advocate - Maximizers and Satisficers? Which are You? And How About Your Customers?

For some people, the quality of the coffee in their cup and wine in their glass really matters. Others are less concerned. To which of these groups are you selling your wine? Robert Joseph takes a closer look.

Reading time: 3m 45s

Devil's Advocate - Yes, People Do Need Help When Choosing Wine

In the wake of the financial difficulties facing the US wine-tech startup, Pix, there is some argument over whether apps and artificial intelligence can ever effectively help people choose bottles of wine. Robert Joseph has a few thoughts on the subject.

Reading time: 5m 10s

Devil's Advocate: Stop Telling Other People What to Do

Freshly returned from Georgia, Robert Joseph reflects on the impact other visitors may be having there.

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Devil's Advocate: Unforgettable and Entirely Unmemorable Bottles

Millions of words have been written about wines whose flavours have left a permanent impression on the people who drank them. Robert Joseph spares a thought for all the other bottles whose consumption went unremarked.

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Devil's Advocate - When is a Wine Not a Wine?

Supermarket shoppers are increasingly buying beverages in wine bottles that aren't legally wine. Robert Joseph wonders how much this matters.

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Devil's Advocate - Fine Wine and the Downside of Sustainable Bottles

Wine producers are increasingly embracing environmentally friendly packaging, which has to be welcomed - but, Robert Joseph says, that trend comes at a cost...

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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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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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Devil's Advocate 2 - A Taste For Luxury

Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy - LVMH - has just added Joseph Phelps to its wine portfolio. What are the implications for the prices of its wines?

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The Devil's Advocate: Personalised Wine Recommendations for Solitary Drinkers

Do artificial Intelligence-powered personal wine recommendations solve a problem? Robert Joseph isn't so certain.

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Devil's Advocate - wine has to taste of where it was produced. Doesn't it?

Robert Joseph wonders why a beverage made from grapes is casually treated so differently to one made from coffee beans or tea leaves.

Reading time: 1m 50s

Devil's Advocate - A New Appellation is Born and Britain gets its Own Napa Valley

The UK has its first wine PDO, with boundaries that reflect a county, rather than an area with specific vinous characteristics. Robert Joseph wonders how much this matters.

Reading time: 2m 50s