Red Chardonnay and Pink Prosecco. What's the Difference?

After meeting David Gluckman, the creator of a list of successful wines and spirit brands, Robert Joseph wonders whether the idea of red Chardonnay really was a bridge too far.

Reading time: 3m 30s

The Bots Are Here. Time for the Wine Industry To Wake Up To Artificial Intelligence

Robert Joseph, an early adopter of the internet in the 1990s, argues that the wine industry needs to be taking a greater interest in how AI, one of its offshoots, is going to affect their businesses.

Reading time: 7m 30s

Devil's Advocate: the Benefits of Post-Christmas Cold Turkey and Dry January

Halfway through what for many is a month with no alcohol, Devil's Advocate Robert Joseph considers why a period of abstinence could be a good strategy for members of the wine industry. And not just in January.

Reading time: 2m 30s

Devil's Advocate - How Wine Businesses May Need to Change in 2023

According to a widely-quoted saying, 'If you go on doing what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got'. Robert Joseph suggests that, nowadays, the return may not even be that good - and outlines some of the ways wine businesses may change this year.

Reading time: 4m 30s

The Devil's Advocate Has One Last Post Before Christmas

Robert Joseph swaps his horns for antlers and shares a few thoughts about how to approach wine over the holiday weekend.

Reading time: 2m 30s

Wine and Beer for Pets? It’s Now a Thing.

It started with engineering cat milk. Now, there are non-alcoholic beer and wine options for your furry friends. And it’s all very profitable. There’s a lesson for wine in this.

Reading time: 3m 30s

Devil's Advocate #2 - Harry, Meghan and... Wine

Robert Joseph wonders if the attention surrounding the new Netflix documentary may lead to 'royal' wine hitting the headlines, or maybe even the shelves...

Reading time: 1m 25s

Devil's Advocate - Bordeaux, Where the Rich Get Richer and the Poor Uproot Their Vines

Robert Joseph looks beyond the financially attractive top Grands Crus Classés, at the far less successful mass of Bordeaux and its sub-appellations where large swathes of vines are due to be uprooted.

Reading time: 5m

Devil's Advocate #2 - World Cup Sofa Spectators and Screwcap Evangelists

A brief, wry note penned by Robert Joseph, while simultaneously watching England play Wales in the World Cup and idly following an online argument about wine closures.

Reading time: 35s