New (Non-Alcoholic) Wines for the German Foreign Office

The German Foreign Office has decided on its new recommended assortment. For the first time, embassies and consulates can also source non-alcoholic wines.

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Mundus Vini Results: Italy and Chile Shine

1,676 award winners from 36 countries, judged by 140 international wine experts: that's the result of the second MUNDUS VINI tasting of 2023. 

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The Confusing World of Wine Competitions

Medals and scores help sell wine. But it’s not that simple. Not all competitions or critics are equal and, just as crucially, they do not necessarily operate in the same way.

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Best of German Sparkling – Here Are the Results

Around 450 different sparkling wines from classic bottle fermentation were put into the glasses at the Meininger German Sparkling Wine Award. The upward trend continues, and the sparklings are becoming increasingly high-class - and bold.

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Devil's Advocate: Can we Ever Develop a Universal Language of Wine?

After decades of writing about wine and editing and judging other people's words on the subject, Robert Joseph wonders whether there will ever be a vocabulary that works for everyone.

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The MW Symposium 2023: Wine, Wine Stars and Networking

Held in Wiesbaden, Germany, the MW Symposium brought together luminaries of the wine world, for four days of ideas, tastings and networking. Meininger's was there.

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Devil's Advocate - People Enjoy Wine More in Restaurants. Are you Really Surprised?

The wine industry focuses a lot of attention on the way wine performs in blind tastings and less on the way it is perceived by the people who actually drink it - and why. Top researchers are conducting studies but Robert Joseph impudently wonders if they are asking the right questions.

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MUNDUS VINI Spring Tasting 2023

7,568 wines from 44 countries - one even from Afghanistan - were in line for the MUNDUS VINI spring tasting. 242 jurors from all over the world awarded prizes to the best wines. As a premiere, the category "alcohol-free" was tasted for the first time, with 131 still wines and 56 sparkling 'wines'.

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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.

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