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Why Voice-Activated Search is Both a Massive Threat and Huge Opportunity for Wine

Why Voice-Activated Search is Both a Massive Threat and Huge Opportunity for Wine

One of the funniest viral videos doing the rounds on social media recently is a clip of increasingly frustrated Amazon Alexa users shouting instructions at the voice search assistant only to be repeatedly given the wrong information back. It seems the angrier a particular retired Scotsman becomes trying to get Alexa to play one of his favorite traditional Scottish folk songs, the less Alexa can understand him—offering him suggestions of John Denver instead....
Glimpsing Progress: Women Organizing in Wine Worldwide

Glimpsing Progress: Women Organizing in Wine Worldwide

Women have been organizing since cave-dwellers first gathered around fire (and surely, even before then). Our current era, though, finds women making modern history by uniting with a renewed and palpable urgency. While this trend may be too young to be measurable, it’s undeniable. In the wine business, it has materialized in a surge of activity among professional women’s organizations....
Is it Time We Learned a New Language for Wine?

Is it Time We Learned a New Language for Wine?

“Coca-Cola once hoped to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony. The same could be said for how the global wine industry tries to speak the same language when talking about wine. But is traditional wine education the right way to really engage with new trade members and consumers in both existing and emerging markets around the world?” asks Richard Siddle....
A Closure Debate: Why UK Buyers Put Wine Before Closure

A Closure Debate: Why UK Buyers Put Wine Before Closure

If you want to throw the equivalent of a verbal hand grenade into a conversation amongst wine professionals then, other than natural wine, the issue of what type of closure people like, and why, is arguably one of the most contentious issues around....
Shelf Life: How to Forecast and Manage It

Shelf Life: How to Forecast and Manage It

More or less, each of us has an idea about what “shelf life” means for a food product: It’s “the length of time that a commodity may be stored without becoming unfit for use, consumption, or sale” (Wikipedia). Does this definition also apply to wine? After all, no wine label bears the words “best if consumed before…”—yet. Actually, though, shelf life is a notion that affects every kind of wine, from the fresh ones to the most aged ones because, as Vinventions researcher Stéphane Vidal says, it “is about having the right product at the right moment” and is apparently something of interest for all wine producers....
Godeval’s Godello: The Grape a Winery Saved to Save a Wine Community

Godeval’s Godello: The Grape a Winery Saved to Save a Wine Community

In the 1960s, the people of Valdeorras suffered. The Spanish Civil War and years under Francisco Franco had depressed the economy in this corner of green Galicia. The distinct language of Gallego was banned and swapped for Castilian Spanish. Rural flight led to abandoned vineyards. The remaining farmers had largely replanted with productive but unremarkable varieties like Palomino, after another scourge, phylloxera, decimated vines at the turn of the century. ...