Wine Recommendation 3.0

The Italian Wine Crypto Bank (IWCB) has developed a digital sommelier. The system that has been dubbed ‘Personal GPT Sommelier’ will be used in the ‘hybrid wine bar’ BG3.0 Winebank in Bergamo from March on. 

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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.

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From CSI Crime Scene to Vineyards and Wine Bottles - High Tech Traceability

Traceability is a term that is increasingly used, along with the assertion that "consumers want to know where stuff comes from." A New Zealand company is using technology familiar from TV police forensic programmes to help a super premium wine estate to give assurance about the provenance of its wines.

 

  • New Zealand firm, Oritain, is partnering with a super-premium winery in using forensic technology and QR codes to guarantee traceability of its single vineyard wines
  • The process, pioneered with products such as cotton, meat and apples, involves analysis of trace elements and isotopes in soil, grape and wine
  • Because these do not degenerate over time, the traceability remains effective throughout the life of the wine
  • The Oritain system does not rely on blockchain or RFTs but does not yet guarantee authenticity of individual bottles

 

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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.

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With NFTs to the Metaverse

NFTs are the latest thing for the wine industry. In Germany, two new projects were launched this week, while a pair Italians have paid 2.5 million US$ for a bundle of NFTs including a magnum of NFT Champagne. But are NFTs just a step on the road to the Metaverse?

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Robotic Vehicles are Driving into the World’s Vineyards

California is catching up with Europe with driverless tractors, and ones that can multitask while running on renewable electricity. Roger Morris reports.

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Bordeaux Expert and Leading Champagne-Growers Launch NFTs

The relationship between NFTs and wine grows steadily closer. Now, it's the turn of an award-winning writer and Champagne growers with a cult following.

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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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New power to the platform: How Vivino and Pix revolutionizing communication and distribution

New platforms, Vivino and, now Pix, are changing the way producers and distributors are communicating about wine - and selling it. Robert Joseph reports.