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ARENI Global: In Conversation
49 minutes | Apr 7, 2022
What wine for tomorrow? In Conversation with Michelle Bouffard and Jeremy Cukierman MW
Wine professionals are now fully aware that climate change is having an impact on wine. But what can we do about it? Wine experts Michelle Bouffard and Jeremy Cukierman MW are two of the three co-authors of a new book called Quel vin pour demain? Le vin face aux défis climatiques, or What Wine Tomorrow? Wine Facing Climate Challenges, which is about to be released in both Spanish and English. From vineyards all the way through to wine retail, they discuss how people around the world are rising to the challenge. In researching the book, what did they discover? Let’s find out.
70 minutes | Mar 9, 2022
Is the Future of Fine Wine Plant-Based? In Conversation with Mike Barrow, Watson Brown, Sebastiano Castiglioni and Christophe Lavelle
According to Bloomberg, plant-based foods are expected to exceed $162 billion, or 7% of the global food market, within the next decade. In its latest report UK supermarket chain Sainsbury's estimated that 25% of its customers will be vegan by 2025. This growing interest in plant-based diets is already impacting the way that fine wine is being produced and distributed. What could a 100% plant-based food and beverage system look like? This podcast is a recording of a live Insight Series organised by ARENI on March the 2nd 2022, gathering four international experts and moderated by award-winning journalist Elin McCoy.
55 minutes | Feb 10, 2022
Do wine and health go together? In Conversation with David Nutt
Is wine good for your health? And if it is or isn’t, what are the consequences? The wine trade has certainly always embraced the message that moderate drinking is part of a healthy diet. But wine is now under attack by the European Parliament’s Special Committee on Beating Cancer – which has stated that there is no alcohol consumption without health risks. This could lead to serious consequences, including cutting funds from alcohol production. In this episode, we speak to psychiatrist and drug researcher Professor David Nutt, on what is known for certain about wine, alcohol and health. David is the chairman of Drug Science and in 2020 he published the book Drink? The New Science of Alcohol and Your Health.
56 minutes | Jan 26, 2022
Could NFTs really disrupt the fine wine world? - In Conversation with David Garrett and Behdad Shahsavari
This week, we meet David Garrett and Behdad Shahsavari, two seasoned entrepreneurs who are highly involved in both the tech and fine wine worlds. They will shortly be launching Club Dvin, one of the first wine clubs based on NFTs, or non-fungible tokens. They have also attached NFTs to Robert Parker's private wine collection which is being sold for charity later this year. Together, we discuss not only how NFTs and smart contracts actually work, but also how they could impact the fine wine supply chain.
46 minutes | Jan 12, 2022
Fine Wine, Health, and Wellbeing - In Conversation with Rebecca Hopkins
In this episode we meet Rebecca Hopkins, founder of A Balanced Glass, who is on a mission to help wine professionals stay safe and healthy while navigating a career in alcohol. We look at the pitfalls and problems of working with wine, and ask what role fine wine plays when it comes to questions of health and well being for both employees and consumers.
53 minutes | Dec 15, 2021
What does authenticity and typicity mean for fine wine? In Conversation with Felicity Carter and Pauline Vicard
In this special episode, journalist Felicity Carter and ARENI's executive director Pauline Vicard explore the concepts of authenticity and typicity, looking at what the concepts mean in different cultures. Diving deep into history and social science, they explore how these concepts arose and how they're being disrupted by a new emphasis on individuality, versus the collective visions of previous generations.
60 minutes | Nov 24, 2021
What Fine Wine Can Learn from Jazz: In Conversation with Corina Kwami
This week, we meet Corina Kwami, an American jazz singer, tap dancer and performer, and a passionate music historian. A “bridge builder”, she uses her background and her PhD in social science from the University College of London to bring a global renaissance variety to her playing and storytelling. We explore the origins of jazz and the music’s social role in the world today, and what Fine wine could learn from jazz in terms of interpretation, blending, control and the power of bringing various voices together.
59 minutes | Nov 10, 2021
Debunking the clichés of digital marketing: In Conversation with Georgia Panagopoulou
This week we meet Georgia Panagopoulou, known as Wine Gini on social media. Georgia is head of one of the biggest online wine communities, including both Facebook and Instagram where she has 112,000 followers. We discuss how social media campaigns are created and measured, while debunking the digital clichés, one by one.
50 minutes | Oct 27, 2021
The future of cities and why the Fine Wine world should care: In Conversation with Professor Ricky Burdett
This week we meet Professor Ricky Burdett and discuss the way metropolises like London, New York or Shanghai are changing, and how these changes are likely to impact citizens, consumers, trade and merchants, transport and logistics. Ricky Burdett is Professor of Urban Studies and Director of London School of Economics Cities and Urban Age: a global centre of research and teaching dedicated to the future of cities. Professor Burdett is a member of the Mayor of London’s Cultural Leadership Board, former Council Member of the Royal College of Art and a Visiting Professor in Urban Planning and Design at Harvard University.
57 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
Deconstructing the language of wine to attract new consumers: In Conversation with Sandrine Goeyvaerts
This week, we meet Sandrine Goeyvaerts,a Belgian wine merchant, journalist for Elle magazine and author of several books on wine. Her latest work, "Manifeste pour un vin inclusif (Manifesto for an inclusive wine) argues for a different use of language within the French-speaking wine world and looks at how changing the language of wine could open the door to new consumers. The interview that follows is in French. For the English transcription of this conversation, visit areni.global.
48 minutes | Sep 8, 2021
Understanding Asia’s Affluent Consumers: In Conversation with Amrita Banta
In this episode we meet Amrita Banta, founder and director of Agility Research, a luxury consulting company ranked among the top ten globally, which focuses on the affluent consumers of luxury and premium brands. We discuss how COVID changed the relationship between Asian consumers and luxury goods, and how the past few months have led to renewed spending, and to Fine Wine finding its way into millions of Asian households for the first time.
42 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
How Much Is Enough? In Conversation with Felicity Carter and Jordan Sale
In this episode, we share a conversation that took place in the 2021 edition of the Batonnage Forum. Bâtonnage is a US-based initiative stirring up the conversation on Women and Wine. Its annual forum brings together wine professionals as well as wine industry supporters to discuss and act on the unique challenges and opportunities that women in wine have faced both historically and present-day. On the 23rd of June 2021, ARENI invited Felicity Carter, Editor-in-Chief at Pix and Jordan Sale, CEO and founder of 81 cents, to talk pay gaps, negotiation skills, globalization of the work place and financial transparency.
57 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
Fine Wine and Football: In Conversation with Tim Atkin MW and Phillipe Auclair
In the middle of the UEFA European Football Championship, we meet wine critic and journalist Tim Atkin MW and Phillipe Auclair, England correspondent for France Football. In this special episode, we discuss this very popular social phenomenon, while having a lot of fun pairing football players and teams with their wine equivalents.
51 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
Life-Changing Travel in the Time of COVID: In Conversation with Tom Marchant
We meet Tom Marchant, co-founder and director of Black Tomato, an award-winning agency which creates what they describe as unique and perfectly-tailored travel experiences. We discuss what luxury, hospitality and creating experiences means in practice. In consideration of ARENI’s latest report, we compare and contrast what fine wine consumers have in common with affluent travellers.
59 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Towards a local understanding of diversity and inclusion: In conversation with Tomiwa Owolade
Conversations about diversity and inclusion, along with discussions about how to open the doors to Black and other marginalised groups, have been long-overdue. But, finally, the last 12 months has seen an outburst of publications and initiatives aimed at taking action. But within wine, many of the voices speaking out were American. Although some wine articles included voices from South Africa, local voices were often missing. We meet British journalist Tomiwa Owolade to discuss the complexity of the BIPOC situation in Europe and notably in the UK.
59 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Revisiting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: In conversation with Dr Akilah Cadet
It's been a year since the murder of American George Floyd, a crime that galvanised widespread protests and political organising in the US. The world took notice and conversations, protests and other actions against racism spread internationally. Twelve months later, we meet Dr Akilah Cadet, founder of Change Cadet, a US-based change management and organizational development consulting firm supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the workplace. We take a moment to look back, measure the progress and ask what the next steps could be. What would true diversity mean for Fine Wine?
44 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
On money, transparency and diversity: In conversation with Andrew Jefford
Money is not the most comfortable of topics in the wine world, though fair remuneration is the key to increasing the diversity of voices and talents. In this episode, we meet Andrew Jefford, an award-winning journalist, wine writer and educator, and one of the only major figures in an otherwise opaque industry to publicly reveal his revenue and earnings. We discuss writing, negotiation power and transparency, and how to define one's worth in today's wine world.
48 minutes | May 5, 2021
Inside the Mind of a Collector: In Conversation with Professor Shirley Mueller
Professor Shirley Mueller has had two careers. Her first was a practising neurologist and a tenured professor at the University of Indiana in the United States. She left both practice and academia to become an investment advisor, and began writing for Physician’s Money Digest about the neuropsychology of investing. Along the way, she developed a deep passion for Chinese export ceramics and became an ardent collector herself. We meet to discuss her latest book, Inside the Head of a Collector – Neuropsychological Forces at Play. In this fascinating conversation, we explore the question of what drives collectors.
53 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Inside France’s Culinary College for a glimpse of the future
Celia Tunc is Secretary General of France’s Culinary College. The association, founded by 18 of the most renowned and influential French chefs – including Alain Ducasse, Joel Robuchon and Paul Bocuse – aims to represent, promote and transmit artisanal culinary heritage through tradition and innovation. Celia emerges from a year that shook France’s relationships to gastronomy, restaurants, producers and winemakers, with the belief that the future of the world requires a new relationship to food, based on craftsmanship and diversity, We meet her to discuss the challenges that lie ahead.
67 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
The rise of the Non-Premise: In Conversation with Tim Angelillo
The three tier system regulates the distribution of alcohol within the United States. The Federal framework stipulates that a spirits or wine producer (the first tier), should sell first to a distributor (the second tier), that will in turn, sell to a retailer (the third tier). This retailer must have a license to sell alcohol either in a shop (off-premise) or in a restaurant (on-premise). This Federal framework changes at the state level, with each local government putting in place specifications and regulations according to their interpretation of the Federal requirement. This system, established since the end of Prohibition, makes distribution of alcohol between local zones, counties or state borders extremely difficult. What if there was a legal way to work alongside the established three-tier system in the US to create a disruptive route to market, based on convenience, while working within the system? What would it take to build a distribution channel that would allow consumers to directly order cocktails - or wine- on their phone, and receive it a mere three hours later at their door? What would this new “non-premise” channel mean for spirits and wine brands alike? How could it address the upper-end of the market and not only offer convenience but create bespoke, premium experiences? We talk to Tim Angelillo, founder and CEO of Sourced Craft Cocktails, and discuss how he used his 20 years of experience working for tech giants to create an efficient data and information based system that answers these questions.
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