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Wine Writing: Fact vs Opinion

Writers have been telling us forever that Riesling has taken over wine lists, that Sherry is the hottest thing, and that nobody drinks buttery Chardonnay anymore. But none of these things are true. We look at the tricky relationship between fact and opinion-presented-as-fact in wine reporting. With Blake Gray, former wine editor of the San…

Sex and Wine

Wines specifically aimed at women? And at men? Really? Well, on the one hand, there’s Cupcake and Little Black Dress and Middle Sister. And on the other there’s Carnivor and Sledgehammer and 19 Crimes… In a departure from the usual format, Polly and Robert take a level headed look at gender-based wine marketing. And probably…

Jane Anson: Inside Bordeaux

If it weren’t for Covid-19, Decanter Bordeaux correspondent Jane Anson would be on tour in the UK signing her new book, Inside Bordeaux. Instead, she’s still in France – and with us to discuss the secrets of what makes that region tick – and how she has successfully managed to produce five books without going…

Brazil: Brave New World

According to Wine Intelligence, 20 million Brazilians drink wine at least once a week and 31% of Brazilian consumers “like to take their time to purchase wine” and consider wine to be “important” to their lifestyles. Leading journalist and publisher Marcelo Capello and Wine Intelligence Brazil Country Manager Rodrigo Lanari introduce the world’s sixth most…

Alternative Media

As wine professionals – with varying success – rush to host virtual tastings, we meet experts who launched highly popular podcasts and online platforms long before the current crisis.

India: The Other Emerging Market

Local taxes and legislation may make India a more daunting export market than China, but a new generation is increasingly enthusiastic about wine, and a growing number of impressive Indian wines are released every year. This is your chance to learn about this complex country from a panel of top experts.

New Zealand! 🇳🇿

New Zealand is one of the newest parts of the New World of wine. The Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc that catapulted it onto the global stage was only planted in the 1970s, but within 20 years, New Zealand’s white wines were commanding the highest average prices in the world. Then came Otago Pinot Noir which has…

Flying Winemakers, with Nayan Gowda

The only former professional chef to have made wine in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Hungary, England, France, Ukraine and Kazakhstan and Norway, Nayan Gowda is currently working in the high-altitude vineyards of Bolivia. The internet connection was far from perfect, which explains the less-than-brilliant quality of the video and sound. And the fact that we…

The Future of Virtual Tastings

Wine has leapt into virtual tastings, but what happens with the doors re-open? Let’s look at the good and the bad and the future of virtual wine events in this very meta #RealBizWine.