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Creative Palate Reading Room.

At Creative Palate we read … a lot! We read for fun; I mean work. We read to stay abreast of the industry, to remain relevant and to excel at what we do.

This space is a library of sorts, a collection of articles that have made us think, smile, and sometimes rethink. Articles we want to share, for those who have less time to read, but want to stay atop of some of the more thought-provoking and interesting industry reads. Articles without agenda, just because.

We hope you enjoy and will return for more!

Getting to “no”

From Joe Fattorini's Substack
on October 25, 2023

We should say “no” more than we do. But we are predisposed to “yes”. Here’s how no-cost market research can help. As it happens, the wine business is one where a lot of people take the easy route and say “yes”.

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Retailers agree to reduce bottle weights

From Jancis Robinson
on October 12, 2023

A growing group of important retailers have signed up to the Sustainable Wine Roundtable Bottle Weight Accord – an agreement to reduce the average weight of the 750-ml still-wine bottles they sell by the end of 2026.

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Wine drinkers lie to you… a reminder

From Joe Fattorini's Substack
on October 11, 2023

A question: do you choose wine brands that are environmentally sustainable, organic, biodynamic, vegan, or natural? Your answer – and the answers of thousands of wine drinkers – tells us about a lot more than wine. It tells us about ourselves.

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Wine packaging will change

From The Wine Gourd
on September 14, 2023

There seem to be two camps when it comes to alternative packaging in wine. One believes change is not just inevitable, but essential, the other is still firmly of the view “if it ain’t broke …”.

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How Wineries Can Navigate the Ever More Complex Social Media Environment

From Meiningers Wine Business International
on August 18, 2023

As the algorithms change, keeping up with social media is becoming more and more stressful. Felicity Carter asks the experts how to navigate the changes.

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How wine consumption has changed in key countries from 2009 to now?

From Vino Joy News
on August 18, 2023

The landscape of global wine consumption has experienced a series of intriguing shifts since 2009… marked by changes in top consuming countries and evolving trends.

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NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS, WINE DON’T NEED NO NFTs

From The Chalk Report
on August 18, 2023

NFTs do not introduce anything to the wine world that it does not already have, except maybe more fraud as they are hyped…Realizing this, the legitimate merits of different methods of guaranteeing wine authenticity can take center stage.

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How are Non-Alcoholic Wines Made and are they Good?

From Marc Kirkpatrick from Ever Wonder Wine
on May 16, 2023

Non-alcoholic wines have been around for years. But, you may have wondered: “What exactly is non-alcoholic wine?” “How is it made?” “Is it any good? …As you might have guessed, it’s not as good as “real” wine but it does have a lot of similarities.

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Traditional and Charmat do not produce different sparkling wines

From Vitisphere
on May 16, 2023

Researchers at the University of Rio Grande in Brazil claim that secondary fermentation produces the same wines, irrespective of if they are produced using the traditional  or Charmat technique.

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The Only Hope… is Technology

From Tom Wark's Fermentation
on May 16, 2023

It’s difficult to express the granularity of Somm AI’s reporting capability. Moreover, it’s hard for this writer to imagine a medium or large-sized winery seeking on-premise placements to operate without access to its data.

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Should you buy Bordeaux en primeur?

From Joe Fattorini's Substack
on May 16, 2023

Like many things in wine it’s an ancient tradition dating all the way back to the mid-20th century. Set up to help small chateaux – who aren’t backed by a big conglomerate – get some early cash flow. Except…

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How to Get Your Story Into the US Wine Media

From Meiningers Wine Business International
on February 10, 2023

Erica Duecy, a keynote speaker at the Wine2Wine business forum, had some bad news about the state of American journalism.

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Wine’s Decline: Marketing Idiots or Something Else?

From Tom Wark's Fermentation
on January 20, 2023

A new, authoritative report shows that younger folks just aren’t as enthusiastic about wine as their parents were. That enthusiasm gap is showing up in sales of wine.

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Cotswold winery making world-beating Sauvignon Blanc

From The Guardian
on January 20, 2023

 Woodchester Valley vineyard  is the toast of the wine world after its 2021 vintage was judged one of the best Sauvignon Blancs in the world at a prestigious blind-tasting.

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Jane Anson Publishes the First Wine Article Written by Artificial Intelligence Tool ChatGPT

From Wine Industry Advisor
on January 17, 2023

JaneAnson.com commissioned an article on how the new ChatGPT technology can be used within the fine wine industry.

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New ESG Regulations Will Impact Every Winery—Here’s What to Know

From SevenFiftyDaily
on December 19, 2022

Environmental, social, and governance metrics will soon be the global standard to which the wine industry will need to comply.

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The Stealthy Rise of White Wine

From Wine-Searcher
on November 30, 2022

Red wines might dominate the world market, but the thirst for white wine is growing.

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EU’s carbon farming plan comes under fire

From POLITICO
on November 30, 2022

The bloc sees carbon farming as a way to combat climate change, but NGOs and small-scale farmers aren’t keen.

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Learn to Fail Better

From Tim Atkin MW
on November 1, 2022

People react to criticism in different ways. No one likes to hear that they’ve fallen short or that they could do better.

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Unnatural Reactions to Natural Wine

From Wine Searcher
on September 28, 2022

So let’s have an honest chat about the “natural wine” thing, shall we? But let’s make sure we put it in context too.

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Impact Unveils Its Latest Class Of “Hot Prospect” Wine Brands

From Shaken News Daily
on September 22, 2022

While growth in the wine market is by no means a given these days, marketers combining the right mix of insight and creativity in their brand propositions are continuing to gain ground.

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Surprising trends in wine bottle design, like ‘flattened’ bottles

From North Bay Business Journal
on September 14, 2022

The Business Journal asked key professionals about what’s hot for wine packaging design, particularly how a global movement by governments and consumers toward environmental sustainability is affecting vintner decisions on container materials.

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Here’s Why You Should Put Wine in a Blender

From lifesavvy.com
on August 29, 2022

Putting your wine in a blender can make it taste better, and while that sounds strange, it’s actually a thing.

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U.S. Importers Are Betting on These Up-and-Coming Wines

From SevenFiftyDaily
on August 1, 2022

The niche regions and lesser-known grape varieties that importers see as potential new sources for significant wine sales.

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Press Junkets in the Age of Disruption.

From On The Wine Trail
on June 12, 2022

I am not against press trips, per se. I do believe , that the current structure of press trips is sorely in need of an overhaul.

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Refillable wine bottles come to Sonoma County

From Sonoma County Gazette
on June 2, 2022

What happened to our US-based refillable glass bottle systems?

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Get Ready for a Sparkling Wine Boom

From The Drop @Pix.wine
on April 6, 2022

American drinkers can’t get enough bubbly into their lives right now

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Why ‘mommy needs wine’ culture is toxic

From DailyMail.com
on April 1, 2022

Drinking culture has given rise to a ‘mummy needs wine’ mentality, author claims

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Why We Should All Steer Clear of NFTs

From The Buyer.net
on March 4, 2022

Sometimes it can be wiser to stand back from the latest technology craze…

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Two Brits Charged in New York Over Massive Wine Fraud

From The Drinks Business.com
on March 2, 2022

Two British men have been charged over claims of a massive wine fraud.

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Those Shrink-Wrapped Sleeves Atop Wine Bottles Have Got to Go

From WineMag.com
on February 20, 2022

Most wines are adorned with a capsule atop the bottle. Screwcap bottles emulate them.

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Time for Wine to Go Topless?

From Wine-Searcher.com
on September 1, 2021

Are wine capsules a crucial element of the theatre of opening a bottle or a crime against humanity?

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