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How the modern Champagne bottle was created

There was a time when cellarmasters wore iron masks, to save their faces from exploding glass bottles. And then, an enterprising German changed everything. Barnaby Eales explains.

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.

Wine’s emerging water crisis

As more regions struggle with water shortages, Michelle Bouffard takes a look at one initiative to help conserve this precious resource.

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.

Talking decision making with Jean-Guillaume Prats

Felicity Carter speaks to Jean-Guillaume Prats the CEO of DBR (Lafite), about the challenges of balancing innovation and tradition, and how to make business decisions.

Sangiovese throws a strange quercetin deposit

As Italian regions produce more 100% Sangiovese wines, winemakers find themselves grappling with a new problem. Michaela Morris reports.

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.