Wine and the Académie Française

by Robert Joseph
The arrival of President Jean Suis-Convaincu at the Elysée Palace in 2017 changed everything – but only briefly after Tea Party Republicans drove the world into a second financial crisis...

Losing wood: the death of the barrel

by Robert Joseph
The ISPB – International Society for the Protection of Birds – announced yesterday that it was supporting the  “Get Wood” campaign recently launched by France’s leading barrel-making organisation FAT –...

Fruits, newts and cutes

by Robert Joseph
In the Wine And Novelty Corp. boardroom, the atmosphere was tense. Behind Warner Biggereturne III, the company president, the chart on the electronic whiteboard said it all: wine division sales...

In a parallel universe

by Robert Joseph
In a parallel universe 1 (in which there is an Empress of Wine.) The most influential voice in the parallel wine world is Roberta Parker who regularly appears on television demonstrating...

Who needs Bordeaux vintages?

by Robert Joseph
No one could have predicted the impact the Senkalu Island crisis of March 2015, ten years ago, would have on the wine world. When President Hollande’s decision to align France...

Because you’re worth it

by Robert Joseph
Two strangers, a man and woman meet at a cocktail party. The man turns to the woman and says, I’ve got a hypothetical question for you. The woman, whose curiosity...