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The (often) overlooked way to make money in wine

It seems so obvious that it’s almost not worth mentioning – to make money, you have to make sales. And yet, says Robert Joseph, the wine trade rarely thinks about who is doing the selling.

South Africa’s wine industry faces collapse

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress party has slapped a ban on the domestic sale of alcohol. This, plus the loss of wine tourism, threatens to cripple the wine industry, says Michael Fridjhon.
 

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.

For and against the clean wine trend

Cameron Diaz has just released a ‘clean’ wine and a debate has followed. Robert Joseph agrees with the critics. Up to a point.
 

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.

Wine in the time of coronavirus

Trade fairs postponed, flights cancelled, tastings shuttered. Robert Joseph asks if now is a good time to re-think the way the wine trade does business.

Wine lessons from a past epidemic

The 2003 SARS epidemic hit China’s wine trade hard. While some companies collapsed, others came out stronger. Ian Ford speaks to Felicity Carter about what he saw.

How wineries can survive a recession

While other companies were hurting during the Great Recession, Delicato Family Wines grew at double digits. Felicity Carter finds out how they did it.
 

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.
 

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.
 

The question of wine spitting

Spitting is a critical wine skill that consumers need to learn. But it’s also digusting and unhygienic. Felicity Carter asks what the wine trade should do.
 

The wine unicorns are (not) coming

Predictions about the post-pandemic environment are many and varied. Robert Joseph asks whether there will be a widespread return to the small and artisanal.

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.

Is expensive wine worth the money?

What’s the relationship between price and wine quality – and how can a producer get people to pay more? Robert Joseph attends a tasting that makes him think.

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.