Category: Wine Blogs

Blog: The clean-washing of wine

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, one might expect natural winemakers to feel flush with admiration. Instead, many are worrying about how the clean wine trend’s penchant for scare tactics about additives, gluten, and sugar undermines the integrity of their own movement.

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Opinion: Why NZ should join Australia in case against China

With the relationship between China and Australia souring in the past six months, New Zealand’s response will need to be nuanced and careful, but also principled. First and foremost, we must ensure the dispute between two of our main trading partners stays partitioned from our role within the Five Eyes security alliance. If they become […]

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Blog: Exploring the changes in the wine world during the past quarter century

The world is changing – rapidly. The wine world is changing – also rapidly. As we leave 2020 behind and venture into the uncertainty of 2021, let’s focus on the last quarter century – a mere speck of sand in the continuum of humankind’s presence on this amazing planet.

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Opinion: Direct shipping from wineries doesn’t take business from local sellers

Like many other wine lovers, I found myself ordering wine from out-of-state wineries for shipment into a state that allowed direct-to-consumer wine shipping, then bringing it back across the border to my home state of Pennsylvania.

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How to start your own wine shop

If you love wine, you may have toyed with the idea of opening your own shop. What better way to make a living than to taste and discover new wines, chat up customers and recommend favourite bottles?

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Blog: Art and wine combine in flourishing former orchard

When I told you about Flaxmore Vineyards a couple of years ago they were a new label in the Nelson wine scene. In the intervening years owners Stuart and P have been busy establishing a cellar door facility and recently added an art gallery next to the tasting room.

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Real progress on ingredient listing for wine

It has long seemed strange that, while labels tell us every little detail of what goes into processed food, we are told nothing about what goes into wine. A UK wine-trade official remarked this would be impossible because of the difficulty of distinguishing between ingredients and processing agents such as finings, while others have argued […]

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Blog: brutal year, bright future for wine tourism

We knew instinctively that 2020 has been a brutal year for wine country tourism nationwide, and worldwide, due to COVID-19 and its related restrictions. After all, how can a people-driven business survive without people? Winetourism.com has now added some data confirming our instincts through its Global Report of COVID-19 Impact on Wine Tourism, based on […]

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Opinion: smoke taint and the “smoke-curious”

The evidence of the past few years strongly suggests that wildfires are part of the ecosystem of wine regions in the western United States and Canada (as well as some regions in Australia.) That means we should probably consider smoke to be part of the terroir of these regions. Wine producers and consumers must learn […]

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Blog: the problem with wine terminology in the virtual world

As we find ourselves entering another season in this brave new world of virtual tasting, sidling up to our computer screens instead of a barstool for a cocktail, it’s time to revisit our vocabulary and reconsider the words we use when we interact with our customers.

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Blog: anatomy of Georgia’s wine export surge

Exports of wines from Georgia have surged in recent years, a fact that is both well-deserved and timely. Georgia wine’s success in 2020 is especially timely because travel and tourism — another important Georgian industry — has been hard hit by the global coronavirus pandemic. Ideally, the wine and the tourism industries work together to […]

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US: the time might be right for grape rootstock

Grey Creek Viticultural Services in Healdsburg, CA, is well aware of the two questions wine grape growers continually ask themselves: What are we going to do with the fruit that we have? And/or: What are we going to plant?

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Opinion: English wine’s growth is unsustainable

One of the UK’s most experienced wine commentators has expressed concern about the long-term sustainability of the English wine scene on its current trajectory. Production has shot up in recent years. Between 2014 and 2017, England and Wales annually produced around 4m and 6m bottles of still and sparkling wine respectively. In 2018 production grew […]

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Opinion: Jancis Robinson on why Americans lead on sustainability

According to the British wine author and critic, it’s US producers—not European—who are truly progressive when it comes to sustainable viticulture. Wine farmers generally are ahead of the sustainability curve—and American farmers seem to be even further ahead. This was the overarching takeaway from the 2020 JancisRobinson.com writing competition.

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Blog: An ethos beyond organic

Biodynamic viticulture, which combines ecology and a sense of spirituality, is attracting wine industry interest.

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The Conversation: ‘there’s no need for panic over China’s trade threats’

China’s increasingly belligerent threats to close its markets to Australian exports have excited talk of a full-blown trade war. But let’s not panic. These threats are best understood as psychological warfare, not a statement of reality.

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