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Devil's Advocate - Family Values

The romantic image of a wine industry made up of small family-owned estates sometimes has to be set against the reality of hard economics.

Reading time: 3m 30s

The Devil's Advocate: the Tricky Politics of Wine

As Ukrainian cities are devastated and populations displaced, wine businesses are increasingly expected to join in the boycott or Vladimir Putin's Russia. But, Robert Joseph wonders, how relaxed should they feel about some of their other export markets?

Reading time: 2m 20s

Devil's Advocate: Deep Dive Into Italy

A rather different column this week, about the extraordinary Vinitaly International Academy courses.

Reading time: 3m 30s

Devil's Advocate - In Praise of Pink

Robert Joseph wonders why so many members of the wine industry still struggle to acknowledge the potential of rosé wine.

Reading time: 2 minutes

Devil's Advocate - Need to Know

For many members of the industry, future success depends on ‘educating the public about wine’. But is that broad ambition really the answer? Robert Joseph wonders if, instead of focusing on what we want, we should be thinking more about giving consumers information they might actually find helpful.

Reading time: 3m 40s

Devil's Advocate - When Not to Keep Quiet

When you are served a faulty bottle of wine at a professional event, should you say something? Or remain politely silent? Robert Joseph shares his experience of making the wrong decision.

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Devil's Advocate - The Cleverness of the QR Code

QR Codes have been used by a limited number of wine producers for a while - to little effect. Robert Joseph suggests their time may have come at last. 

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Devil's Advocate: Vinitaly 2023 - less Bella Figura?

After decades of attending Vinitaly, Robert Joseph wonders if next year will bring some changes.

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Devil's Advocate: No Way Back

As the war in Ukraine continues, and Covid refuses to disappear, many wine professionals are wondering when life is going to return to normal. Robert Joseph suggests that this may not be the right question.

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Devil's Advocate: Imagine

Robert Joseph suggests that now is not the time to believe that anything is impossible.

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Purpose, Prestige, Profit... What Lies behind a Wine? And Does it Matter?

In wine, as in art, there is a growing movement to take into account the motivation of the people who produced it. Robert Joseph grapples with the question of how much it matters?

Reading time: 4m 20s

Margin Call: a Few Thoughts on Pricing and Profit

Robert Joseph questions the way wine is priced, and some lessons the industry might learn from Starbucks.

Reading time: 4m 30s

New editor-in-chief for Meininger's Wine Business International

Dr. Anja Zimmer has taken over as editor-in-chief of the online publication, MEININGER'S WINE BUSINESS INTERNATIONAL. She succeeds Alexandra Wrann, who became co-editor-in-chief of WEINWIRTSCHAFT at the beginning of 2022. 

The 2022 ProWein Report: the Mood of the Global Industry. A Green Future?

Every year, Geisenheim University launches an online survey of the wine industry and produces a report for ProWein. Robert Joseph reports.

Reading time: 3m 35s

February 4th Newsletter

Gift boxes for Bordeaux, a 70 year-old Australian wine retailer being repackaged as the Greatest Showman, Greece's top white grape and the Polish wine market. Just a few of the stories in this week's newsletter, introduced by editor at large, Robert Joseph