Devil's Advocate - Sommeliers are now the Trendsetters of the Drinks World

Fresh from his experience at the 2023 ASI Meilleur Sommelier du Monde, Robert Joseph suggests that wine service professionals now know more about the drinks industry as a whole than almost anybody else.

Reading time: 4m 15s

Devil's Advocate: Vinegar or Wine?

Robert Joseph wonders if younger consumers - and sommeliers - are growing more tolerant of volatile acidity than older experts.

Reading time: 3m 30s

Devil's Advocate: What if the Doctors Didn't Have an 'Anti-Alcohol Agenda'?

Robert Joseph reacts to recent advice about alcohol from the Canadian health authorities, and a US study revealing public ignorance of the link between alcohol, of every kind and a wide range of cancers.

Reading time: 5m

Ireland's Alcohol Label Plan Faces Strong Opposition

Ireland's introduction of warning labels on alcoholic beverages is heavily criticised by the wine industry. And rightly so. A commentary by Vincent Messmer.

Reading time: 1m 30s

 

Devil's Advocate: A Different Way of Looking at No-Alcohol 'Wine'

Robert Joseph wonders whether the focus on using sophisticated technology to remove alcohol from wine hasn't distracted producers from making beverages that taste good. And maybe more like the kind of wine most people really want to drink.

Reading time: 3m

Devil's Advocate: Red Chardonnay and Pink Prosecco. What's the Difference?

After meeting David Gluckman, the creator of a list of successful wines and spirit brands, Robert Joseph wonders whether the idea of red Chardonnay really was a bridge too far.

Reading time: 3m 30s

Devil's Advocate: The Bots Are Here. Time for the Wine Industry To Wake Up To Artificial Intelligence

Robert Joseph, an early adopter of the internet in the 1990s, argues that the wine industry needs to be taking a greater interest in how AI, one of its offshoots, is going to affect their businesses.

Reading time: 7m 30s

Devil's Advocate: the Benefits of Post-Christmas Cold Turkey and Dry January

Halfway through what for many is a month with no alcohol, Devil's Advocate Robert Joseph considers why a period of abstinence could be a good strategy for members of the wine industry. And not just in January.

Reading time: 2m 30s

Devil's Advocate - How Wine Businesses May Need to Change in 2023

According to a widely-quoted saying, 'If you go on doing what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got'. Robert Joseph suggests that, nowadays, the return may not even be that good - and outlines some of the ways wine businesses may change this year.

Reading time: 4m 30s