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Alternative Packaging: Everything But Glass

Alternative packaging in the wine industry promotes climate benefits. What possibilities are there to replace the emission-intensive disposable glass? Vincent Messmer reports.

Reading time: 7m 30s

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...

Reading time: 2m 50s

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: 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.

Reading time: 2m 30s

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

Concha y Toro's Premium Wine Strategy

Isabel Guilisasti, vice president of the Fine Wine division of Viña Concha y Toro, Family of Wineries explains how Chile's biggest wine company is premiumizing its wines.

Reading time: 4m 30s

The Casalobos Winery is Put up to Public Auction for 1.7 Million Euros

Fully equipped to return to business immediately — a building of 5,000 square meters, the transfer of 35 hectares of vineyards of four varieties and machinery.

Organized by Escrapalia, the sale will be divided in two phases:

  • submission of bids until July 12, and
  • online auction until July 20.

Who’s Who in Austria

Austria has long secured its niche as a prime origin for unique world-class wines. The tiny country is responsible for only one percent of global wine production, but sets benchmarks with innovative concepts. Julia Sevenich reveals the people behind the industry.

Reading time: 5m 20s

New Zealand: New Shores

Sauvignon Blanc remains the benchmark for wines from New Zealand, but new developments are emerging. Eckhard Hillmann reports.

Reading Time: 5m 30s

 

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

Sauvignon Blanc – the Dark Horse of the Wine World

Even as recently as 25 years ago, the suggestion that Sauvignon Blanc would become the most popular grape variety – of either colour – in Britain, the most competitive wine market in the world, would have been dismissed as fanciful. Robert Joseph looks back at this unlikely success story.

Reading time: 5m 40s

Terra (In)cognita - Douro Valley and Trás-os-Montes Region in Portugal

While classics are being reinterpreted on the Douro without losing sight of tradition, the neighbouring region of Trás-os-Montes is waking up from its slumber. Simon Werner reports.

Reading time: 6m 30s

The Evolution of the Charity Wine Auction

Wine charity auctions on both sides of the Atlantic are changing, as  L.M. Archer and Edward Lewis discover.

Reading time: 12 minutes

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

Best of Riesling 2022

Rieslings of the Year awarded / Collection of the Year comes from Rheingau

During a festive award ceremony, the best Rieslings of this year's competition were honoured. Patroness Minister Daniela Schmitt personally congratulated the winemakers.

Reading time: 4m 15s

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