Monthly Archives: March 2014

Chloe – one of the future faces of wine

Look at this advertisement carefully. It’s in pages aimed squarely at a female readership and might easily be for a scent or jewelry – especially given the Chloe brand name. But, as the bottles on the right of the picture reveal, this particular Chloe has nothing to do with the fashion label of the same […]

Prowein 2014

Over the three days of Prowein 2014 in Dusseldorf,apart from rushing between the halls,covering ludicrous distances, gathering information for Meininger’s Wine Business International and  thejosephreport,attending meetings with current andpotential DoILikeIt? consultancy clients and helpingCatherine Monahan to run WineStarsWorld, I did alittle tweeting…Here, by popular request (well, from four or fivepeople) is the unedited stream. wine thinker ‏@robertjoseph  14h Colourful Brazilian stand. Or […]


A designer friend of mine has just been hit by a particularly nasty new phenomenon: rasnsomware. After innocently opening an email that apparently came from Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) the UK tax authorities about his online tax return, he found that access to all of his files (including his accounts and pdfs of […]

Proud to be a journalist?

When I was a kid, I really, really wanted to be a journalist. Writers like James Cameron this one, not the Avatar director), Martha Gellhorn, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein (as in All the President’s Men) were my heroes. I never quite got my wish of doing the kind of journalism that filled the front end of a […]