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The hands-off approach to viticulture

Darren Smith looks at the Fukuoka method of farming and asks whether it holds lessons for viticulture.

What they’re drinking in Paris

Parisians not only consume the most wine per head, they also set global trends. Sophie Kevany checks what they’re drinking.

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.

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.

Three wine writers walk into a webinar

Where will the next generation of wine writers come from? What skills do they need to succeed? And what are the arguments for and against scores? Felicity Carter listens to three top wine writers thrash out the issues.
 

An old wine company shares strategies for a new reality

Henkell Freixenet has seen it all – the Great Depression, two world wars, and globalisation. Felicity Carter speaks to CEO Dr Brokemper about how the wine trade can navigate the pandemic.
 

An updated calendar of online wine events

Online wine get-togethers are flourishing, as people move their social life online. If you're running an online wine event, please tell us - and here are the ones we already know about.

Time for the wine industry to plan ahead

Almost everyone has more time on their hands right now. Robert Joseph looks at some tried and tested ways to use it productively.

How much do you need to know about a wine?

How much do you need to know about something in order to enjoy it? Robert Joseph reflects on a time of low knowledge, high appeal.

Making the wine industry attractive to the next generation

How can wine attract a new generation of viticulturists, winemakers and data specialists? Andreas Clark, CEO of Wine Australia has some thoughts. He spoke to Felicity Carter.

How reliable are wine judges?

Do judges of different ages, sexes and nationalities score wines the same way, or is consistent judging an impossibility? One competition organiser has some preliminary evidence. Felicity Carter reports.
 

The truth about vine immunity

It’s very common to hear people talk about “boosting the immunity” of plants as a way to avoid spraying. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple, says Jamie Goode.

The true cost of wine

L.M. Archer speaks to two Oregon producers who calculate the cost of viticulture’s environmental impact when they make their wines.