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Unreserved Wine Talk

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243: Can Artificial Intelligence (AI) Give Good Wine & Food Pairing Tips? Dina Blikshteyn Shares Surprising Insights

How can you use AI to get wine and food pairing advice? Will using AI make wine styles and flavours less diverse? Will AI replace wine writers?

In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I'm chatting with Dina Blikshteyn, a lawyer who specializes in how artificial intelligence and machine learning is changing the wine world.

Note: Our discussion is not intended to be a substitute for professional legal advice and is for informational purposes only.

You can find the wines we discussed at



Is there a risk that using AI tools will make wine taste more uniform?

How can AI-enabled machines help to vineyards to go organic?

What’s involved in making AI models more accurate in wine analysis?

How can AI be utilized to identify anomalies and potential fraud in the wine industry?

Can AI make appropriate wine and food pairing recommendations?

What are the copyright implications of AI-generated content?

Is there a role for AI in the world of wine critics?

How can trade secrets be used to protect AI models, specifically around wine recommendations?

How will AI be used in tasting rooms of the future?


Key Takeaways

I was interested to learn about the ways AI can give wine and food pairing tips, but I am immensely relieved that AI won’t be replacing me any time soon.

Used the right way, AI won’t make wine styles and flavours less diverse. Rather it should expand them if the tool is used to make wine better.

I was fascinated with her description of how AI is being used to grow grapes and all aspects of the process. It’ll be interesting to see if drones become a common sight over the vineyards… maybe they’ll invent one to chase away annoying tourists - just the pesky ones, of course.


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About Dina Blikshteyn

Dina Blikshteyn is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the New York law office of Haynes Boone. Dina focuses on artificial intelligence and machine learning, cloud computing, cyber security, web applications, algorithms, multimedia and video streaming, among other technologies. She is also a co-chair of the artificial intelligence practice at the firm. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Dina developed high-frequency trading systems that traded financial instruments on domestic and international exchanges.





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