Analysis

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.

What's the value of a lesser-known appellation?

Regions are becoming ever more tightly defined, as producers look to differentiate themselves in the market. When does this strategy work - and when is it a hindrance? Robert Joseph has some ideas.

Wine Paris meets Vinexpo Paris

Wine Paris and Vinexpo Paris came together at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles this February. Felicity Carter paid a visit.

The US wine industry united to defeat wine tariffs

The Trump Administration has dropped its threat to levy tariffs of 100% on wines from Europe, after intensive lobbying from the US wine industry. Jeff Siegel talked to people  on the front line.
 

How easy is it to get wine into duty free stores?

Robert Joseph looks at what it takes to get a wine on the shelf in Travel Retail.

How feasible is biodynamic wine production?

With growing consumer awareness of sustainability, more wine producers are looking at how they farm. How easy or difficult is it to go biodynamic? Richard Woodard looks at two examples.

Is there too much optimism around English sparkling wine?

Robert Joseph is hearing lots of interesting discussions about English sparkling wine. There's only one thing he's not hearing about - who's going to drink it all?

An American entrepreneur in Burgundy

The work that Michael Baum has been doing at Château de Pommard shows what an injection of energy - and money - can do. Richard Woodard reports.

Sales of tariff-affected wines tumble in US market

The 25% tariffs on some European wines, imposed in October 2019, have hurt the wine trade on both sides of the Atlantic. Jeff Siegel hears about it from people on the front lines in the US.

When critics can no longer know fine wines

Prices for fine wines have skyrocketed, while wine writing income has stagnated. Robert Joseph says that, increasingly, wine writers have little experience of fine wine to draw on.

Steps to make wine profitable again

Failure to tackle the health lobby, disengaged consumers and poor management skills are all contributing to problems in the US wine industry, according to Rob McMillan, the author of the Silicon Valley Bank's State of the Wine Industry report. But he thinks there are ways to turn things around.

Time for wine producers to diversify income

Trade wars, falling wine sales and global uncertainty. Everything points to the need for wine producers to find more baskets for their eggs, says Robert Joseph.

Wine industy sees climate change as its biggest threat

More than 1,700 members of the worldwide wine trade were surveyed for the latest ProWein Business Report, created in collaboration with Geisenheim University. The results were clear: the wine trade is worried about climate change. Jason Sych looks at the report.

Tough times ahead for the US wine market

The Silicon Valley Bank State of the Wine Industry Report has just been released and it shows trouble ahead for the US wine market. Felicity Carter has a summary.

Winemakers warned not to underestimate pace of climate change

Climate change is happening at a rapid clip and winemakers should not wait to adapt, says one wine commentator. He speaks to Felicity Carter.