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Guy Woodward: Wine is about people more than grapes

Published:  11 July, 2023

Rarely have I tried to recall an email as quickly as I did after notifying a female contact that it would be great if she could find time to meet up, as I’d heard how busty she was these days.


Tim Atkin MW: Why AI matters

Published:  09 June, 2023

My friend Matt likes to confuse algorithms. “Every now and then, I type the first thing that comes into my head into Google, Facebook or Instagram,” he told me. “Emperor penguins, Everest, wrestling, Taylor Smith, cupcakes.” In a world where our digital footprint is used by everyone from advertisers to political parties, it’s a spirited attempt to put AI off the scent.


New whisky app bids to simplify cask ownership

Published:  13 February, 2023

Cask specialists, Whisky Partners, has announced the launch of a brand-new app targeted at the world of whisky cask ownership. 


'OIV must embrace the digital revolution to stay relevant’

Published:  26 November, 2021

The director general of the OIV has called upon the global wine industry to more quickly embrace the opportunities afforded by new technologies, in order to stay relevant in a fiercely competitive world.


Tech & innovation: Seismic shifts

Published:  14 April, 2021

We’re on the cusp of a new and advanced tech-fuelled era for hospitality as the on-trade begins to reopen, says Jo Gilbert.


Seismic shifts in technology use when on-trade reopens

Published:  17 March, 2021

The hospitality sector can expect more seismic shifts in the use of technology when it reopens, according to the latest Go Technology report from CGA and Zonal. 


Technology key focus for investment and innovation

Published:  08 March, 2021

Technology is set to be a key focus for investment and innovation as hospitality opens up again, according to the latest CGA’s Business Leaders’ Survey. 


Tech & Innovation: Lightbulb moments from the US

Published:  03 March, 2021

As famous for its wines as it is for entrepreneurial spirit and world-beating technology, it’s no surprise that innovation continues to come thick and fast from across the pond. From everyman investment platforms to robotic wine management systems and AI wine matching services, Jo Gilbert rounds up what’s new out of the US.


Tech vs critics: developing satellite scores

Published:  03 February, 2021

Saturnalia aims to overcome the ‘mystery and magic’ surrounding fine wine pricing and scores with space-based technology. Felicity Carter eyes up its heavenly ambitions


AI proving ‘most exciting catalyser’ of wine innovation

Published:  18 June, 2020

The advance of Artificial Intelligence (AI) software is by far the most exciting catalyser of innovation in the wine industry, according to speakers at an Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) webinar held yesterday (17 June).


In spitting distance of Covid-19

Published:  15 June, 2020

At the onset of the ongoing global pandemic, traditional on-trade channels saw sales fall to zero overnight. But what about the wider drinks trade and the interactions within it? Jo Gilbert asks if it's time to reassess tried – and maybe tired – formulas?


‘Diversity and flexibility’ may replace specialism longer term

Published:  28 May, 2020

Such has been the upheaval wrought by the Covid pandemic that drinks businesses may have to remain agile in the longer term to meet a changed consumer landscape, with the days of specialism in one route or approach to market numbered.


Bermar unveils ‘next generation’ wine preservation technology

Published:  06 February, 2020

Bermar has launched a new wine and Champagne preservation technology driven by a new ePreserve chip that reseals and preserves both still and sparkling for 21 days all in one system.  


Diageo buys Tipplesworth to drive cocktails ‘on tap’ growth

Published:  03 December, 2019

Diageo has acquired pre-mix cocktail specialist Tipplesworth for an undisclosed sum.


Digital frontiers

Published:  30 October, 2019

Excel spreadsheets and WhatsApping account reps should be a thing of the past, say the brains behind OnStock, a new online ordering platform for the UK bar trade from the Vanquish and 31Dover team, as Jo Gilbert reports. 


Neil Anderson's Key Trends for 2019

Published:  28 January, 2019

Kingsland Drinks’ marketing director Neil Anderson gives his view on eight trends that will impact the wine industry through the coming year


Words to the wise

Published:  21 January, 2019

Fun fact: the Oxford Word of the Year 2018 was “toxic”. Why toxic, you ask? Every year, the eminent Oxford University institution chooses a word or expression that is judged to “reflect the ethos, mood or preoccupations of the passing year” and have “lasting potential as a term of cultural significance”.


Will robots take my job?

Published:  04 January, 2019

As automated technology gets more affordable and efficient, it will free up businesses to place people at the heart and soul of the drinks trade – if used correctly. Jo Gilbert reports


Diageo targets new Scotch fans with voice-activated tech

Published:  18 December, 2018

The traditional world of Scotch whisky and Amazon’s voice-activated Alexa system are due to collide this Christmas.


Champagne Warehouse invests in new tech to make re-ordering easier

Published:  30 July, 2018

Champagne Warehouse is rolling out new software that helps wine wholesalers automate back-office functions and gives customers the opportunity to easily order online.