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Alcohol-free Wines Raise their Game: Rising Stars from Germany

Meininger Verlag has tested 247 alcohol-free wines in one of the largest tastings for this category to date. Clemens Gerke reports on quality developments in this growing field.

Reading time: 5m 50s

Pix – What Went Wrong? What Went Right? The Paul Mabray Interview

In the middle of 2021, US wine professionals learned of the launch of a new digital platform to stand alongside Vivino, WineSearcher and CellarTracker. A year after its launch, following the failure to raise a third round of funding, after the earlier investment of $7m, despite recurring revenue of $600,000 that apparently exceeded initial projections, the Drop has effectively closed and Mabray is looking for partners to enable his business to achieve its objectives.

In this exclusive, lengthy interview, he answers some tough questions.

Reading time: 12m 38s

Virtual Product Placement - Your Wine in Their Movie

New AI-powered technology, already being used by Amazon Prime, makes it simple to insert products into movies after they have been edited. What are the implications for wine?

Reading time: 1m 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

Interview with Charles Smith

Former rock group manager, Washington State winemaker Charles Smith released his first vintage – of just 330 cases - in 2001. Over the next 13 years, he was named Winemaker of the Year by three publications, including the Wine Enthusiast, and his eye-catchingly labeled and full-flavoured wines had become pat of the US wine landscape. In 2016, he sold five of his brands to Constellation for $120m. WEINWIRTSCHAFT asked him a few questions. 

Reading Time: 4m 30s

Becky Wasserman – A lengthy and entirely personal tribute

Robert Joseph, who worked for Becky Wasserman over two years in the early 1980s adds his reflections to the many tributes that have been paid to this Burgundian pioneer

Boomerang bottles: Are wine refillables next?

Because fewer glass containers are being recycled, entrepreneurs re-examine an old idea – reusable glass bottles – to increase wine industry sustainability. Roger Morris looks for the genie in the bottle.

The story behind: Marqués de Murrieta

How the well-known Spanish brand has developed.

Overcoming the crisis

The French wine industry has been hit hard in recent months. Climate change is exacerbating the situation. The structure of the cooperatives is sustainable, but the call for reforms is growing. Iris Trenkner-Panwitz reports.

The story behind: Kloster Eberbach

How Germany's largest winery developed.

After the flood

The Ahr Valley is hardly recognizable after the flood. Residents and winegrowers are cleaning up with the support of many volunteers and looking ahead. Solidarity and support also come from the trade. Simon Werner was on site.

Pleasure without remorse: The best non-alcoholic wines

Non-alcoholic beverages are in vogue. Wine without alcohol is becoming increasingly important in this growth segment. More and more de-alcoholised wines are coming onto the market. The quality of the products is steadily increasing. Germany's renowned wine trade magazine WEINWIRTSCHAFT has tested more than 160 non-alcoholic wines in the largest tasting to date. 

The story behind: Chateau Ste. Michelle

How a dairy farm became a modern wine company.