Analysis

Can Distell turn itself around?

Distell has created a new company for its premium wine assets, reports Michael Fridjhon. Will the new direction lift performance?

Champagne splits into two camps

Struggling small growers woo the Prosecco drinker, while the Grand Marques aim at the one per cent. James Lawrence explains.

Argentine companies invest heavily in the future

Argentina is undergoing yet more economic turmoil, reports Daniel Lopez Roca. But some of its biggest wine companies believe more investment will unlock export opportunities.

The coming of Penfolds Champagne and Eau d'Sauternes

Penfolds has stirred controversy by launching a Champagne. Robert Joseph looks at how other prestige industries have managed such joint ventures.

Wine Country isn't about wine and it doesn't matter

The new Netflix comedy Wine Country follows five women on a trip to Napa. The wine world does not come out well - but this doesn't matter, says Robert Joseph.

Vinexpo changes its Paris date

Vinexpo has announced that it has changed its 2020 date in Paris. Robert Joseph reflects on the evolution of what was once the world's most prestigious wine trade fair.

The on-trade dilemma

Consumers today can pick up a bottle of wine, scan the bar code and instantly discover its retail price. This is a problem for the on-trade. Robert Joseph weighs in.

Accolade's sweeping changes

The new owners of Accolade are making fundamental business changes. Jeni Port asks whether these will pay off.

Why wine needs branding

Should wine be judged solely on its merits? Is that even possible? Robert Joseph says it's not, and explains why wine needs brands and marketing.

What's the point of wine evangelism?

It's one thing to try and engage people with wine, says Robert Joseph. But it's quite another to think that everybody has an inner wine lover who just needs to be liberated.

Where's the Riesling?

Whose responsibility is it to get consumers to try things? Should supermarkets be trying to widen their customers' tastes? Robert Joseph weighs in.

Robert Joseph recounts his failures

Yesterday, Robert Joseph was awarded the Innovations Award by Vinventions, part of the Born Digital Wine Awards, for his contribution to the wine industry over many years. Here, he recalls what he's learned from failure.

Fusion wine has its place

Wine blends built on unusual combinations, or from grapes taken across different regions, have a long tradition, says Robert Joseph. Maybe it's time to take them seriously once again.

A sweet wine revelation that may prove bitter

From 2021, wine producers who sell their wines in the EU will have to reveal their ingredients. Robert Joseph has a few thoughts on what this might mean.

Constellation's sell-off means more consolidation

This week, Constellation announced that it had sold 30 of its low-end wine and spirits brand to Gallo. What does this say about the US market? Jeff Siegel offers an analysis.