Analysis

Are California's fires a sign of the new normal?

The catastrophic Kincade fire may be contained, but is it a sign of things to come? If so, will wine producers have to plan for wild fires? Jeff Siegel looks at the evidence.

Alto Adige prepares for climate change

At the Aldo Adige Wine Summit, dealing with climate change and invasive pests was on the agenda. Michèle Shah reports.

The economics of ageing wine

What is ageing wine worth, and who should be responsible? Robert Joseph looks at an issue that's far from simple.

Burgundy may not be such a great investment after all

The financial media has claimed that investing in fine wine yields better returns than other asset classes. Andrew Chalk looks at one of these claims and finds it's full of holes.

Inside China’s digital wine fortress

Do you know your two micros from your one shake? If not, Janet Wang is here to guide you through China’s digital wine economy.

France tries an alternative to organic

While there is an urgent environmental need to reduce pesticides, not every vigneron can go organic. Olivier Thery looks at the HVE alternative.

Does it matter where a wine is bottled?

Bulk wine shipping means a wine created in one part of the world may be bottled far from home. Does this matter, or is it important for a wine's package to come from its source? Robert Joseph considers the issue.

How scores changed the wine industry - for the better

Roger Morris thinks wine points are a sham. But he's also seen the profound impact that points have had on the US wine market - and he thinks it’s been positive.

How will the new US tariff impact the wine market?

The Trump administration has threatened to slap a 25% tariff on French, Spanish, German and UK wines, beginning later this month. If the tariff goes into effect, what are the likely consequences? Jeff Siegel asks the US Administration for guidance and discovers even they aren't sure.

What should wine producers focus on?

Marketers advise wine producers to have a good story to tell when they approach the market. An increasing number of them also suggest that wine producers need a clear purpose for making the wines they do. But, says Robert Joseph, there's an even better reason for making wine.

One answer to climate change is information sharing

There is an enormous amount of high quality information about battling climate change locked up in the wine industry, says Robert Joseph. It's time to start exchanging that knowledge.

Is food and wine matching necessary?

What do wine lovers most need to know about food and winematching? Robert Joseph has some thoughts.

Make wine great again

Is it possible to make wine the traditional way? Or are people wearing rose coloured glasses about the wines of the past? Robert Joseph ponders historical wines.

The downside of premiumisation

Jeff Siegel says that not all ‘premiumisation’ in the US is what it seems – and that this may bite the wine industry.

The cost of future proofing the vineyard

If you want to know the shape of things to come, and how much it’s going to cost, asking a pépiniériste is a good start, says Sophie Kevany.