As viticulture and winemaking techniques change, Brettanomyces is on the rise. For some wine lovers, no amount is acceptable, while others find it adds complexity. Robert Joseph experiments on some tasters.
In the holy trinity of Champagne grape varieties, Meunier has not only suffered the indignity of coming third, but it’s also been given the wrong name. Christian Holthausen reports on Meunier’s makeover.
Direct-to-consumer wine shipping was worth $1.82bn in 2014 alone, says Leslie Gevirtz. It’s a market sector that encompasses everything from wine clubs with regular shipping plans, to private clubs for cashed-up networkers.
Sommeliers from San Francisco to Sydney are looking for crisp Spanish whites for their wine lists. James Lawrence reports on the remarkable growth of white wine exports, from a country more famed for its reds.
Rosé, once the poor cousin of the wine world, has become a powerhouse style. Dr Jamie Goode reports on the innovation and experimentation, both marketing and technical, that’s taking place in Provence.
After years of suffering the economic fallout of the global financial crisis, Danes are feeling cheerful again, and this is translating into spending more money on wine. Elsebeth Lohfert meets the buyers responsible for sourcing wines for Denmark.
While Champagne sales are slowing down, the French are thirstier than ever for sparkling wine, says Sophie Kevany. But a new generation of sparkling wines are making their way onto the shelves, from wine over ice to international imports.
The astonishing rise in sales of Prosecco shows no signs of slowing. But with great success comes the temptation to flood the market, and brings imitators and counterfeiters in its wake. Veronika Crecelius reports on the region’s attempts to protect itself.
Germany has a reputation for being an extremely price-sensitive market. Professor Dr. Dieter Hoffmann of Geisenheim University, however, says the situation is more complicated than people think and that there is a big premium segment.