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OpEd: They Did It All for the Love of Zin

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At 2024 ZAP, it became clear that California Zinfandel has finally grown up By Randy Caparoso There is, undoubtedly, no organization that’s done more for a...

OpEd: What Dylan Has to Do with Mondavi, the History of...

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When it comes to wine choice, consumers have always been more sophisticated than industry professionals.  By Randy Caparoso   I started out on Burgundy but soon hit...

Terroir Is Truth: The Timeless Tutelage of Tchelistcheff (OpEd)

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A writer remembers words of wisdom from a true winemaking legend. By Randy Caparoso   The late André Tchelistcheff, Beaulieu Vineyards' winemaker from 1938 to 1968, was...

Op Ed: Let’s Take a Breath Before Pushing the Panic Button...

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The shrill talk about the American wine industry having a “problem” defies all logic and common sense. By Randy Caparoso   Like everyone else in the wine...

Op Ed: What Do Wine Consumers Really Want?

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They want what they want. —Randy Caparoso What do wine lovers want? On one hand, every other day there seems to be a new "natural wine bar"...

Wine Industry Advisor’s Top Articles of 2021

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In 2021, Wine Industry Advisor increased its focus on creating original editorial content. We've enhanced our list of contributors to include some of the...

Op Ed: Wine Consumer Preferences Are a Reflection of the Industry

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Consumers are not stupid. There, that's the crux of this entire op-ed. Although I do have something to add: If consumers are stupid, it's only...
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Afternoon Brief, October 20th

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UCI Researcher Gets NSF-Backed Grant to Study Wildfires’ Effects on Farmworkers: One particular concern stems from the experiences of farmworkers asked to safeguard crops – wine grapes – from smoke and ash during wildfires...

Opinion: Minerality in Terms of Terroir

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Terroir as like a tree falling in a forest. Just because you don't hear it, it doesn’t mean it didn't fall. —Randy Caparoso I think that...

Op Ed: Dear Sommeliers, It’s OK to Like Zinfandel

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This op is written from a sommelier's perspective. I know a lot of them because I was a sommelier who worked in restaurants for...

Opinion: Natural Winemaking Is the Most Natural Thing

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Hands off those vines, hands off those wines—what comes naturally should be respected —Randy Caparoso I love natural style wines. In fact, I'm partial to them,...
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Afternoon Brief, September 1st

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Paso Robles' Justin Vineyards and Winery Buys Napa's Lewis Cellars: Justin's owner, the Wonderful Company, aims to expand Lewis' audience while adding a luxury brand to their portfolio...

Nothing Wrong with Hot Climate Winegrowing

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Some of the best wines of the Old and New World are produced in hot climate regions. —Randy Caparoso I once attended a Hospice du Rhône...
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Afternoon Brief, August 25th

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25 TRENDING STORY   WIN's packXplore Conference Studies Consumer Acceptance of Nontraditional Wine Packaging Wine Industry Network continues to keep the industry informed despite continuing challenges...

In Defense of Terroir

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—Randy Caparoso Does wine-related terroir exist anymore? This is a valid question, even if a silly one. Of course, terroir exists. If it doesn’t, entire belief...
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