Decanter reports that “scientists in Australia have sequenced the Brettanomyces genome — a breakthrough that will ‘future-proof’ the industry against spoilage by the yeast organism.” Hooray!
Can’t afford a case of Château Lafite Rothschild? Don’t worry about it — Hong Kong-based Wing Lung Bank will lend you as much as $641,840 to make the purchase. No wonder why Elin McCoy’s nickname for the Chinese wine investment market is “duchang.”
“EU protectionism sucks.” Which is why Jamie Goode believes “we should support plans to lift restrictions on EU vineyard planting.”
“The only thing more challenging than matching the right drink to the right person in your life? Doing it during the holidays.” In the San Francisco Chronicle, Jon Bonné dons his “gift matchmaker hat” and allays your fears.
Elsewhere in the Chronicle, a wonderful piece on the Corralitos Wine Trail, “a short hop south of Santa Cruz in a pocket of gentle hills and valleys where the mountain range begins its slide into the Pacific.”
Chinese NBA star Yao Ming is launching his own Napa Valley winery. The target for his $289 per bottle wine? China, of course.
In recent months, bottles with Grignan-les-Adhémar AOC have started to appear on retail shelves. If you’ve never heard of this wine-growing region, that’s because it used to be known as the Coteaux du Tricastin AOC. But then things went nuclear.
In the New York Times, Eric Asimov pays homage to the latest obsessesion of beer geeks: Sour Beer!