Daily Wine News: Insufficient Quality

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 12-18-2012

The vineyards of Chateau d'Yquem. From Wikipedia.

This weekend’s bombshell editorial from Palate Press about copyright infringement by Natalie MacLean “has unearthed new allegations of unethical behavior… winery proprietors [have] described a pay-for-play system for wine reviews.”

Château d’Yquem has announced that it will not produce a 2012 Sauternes due to insufficient quality.

Napa Valley is experiencing a “critical shortage” of new grapevine rootstock.

In Italy, Albiera, Alessia, and Allegra Antinori — the three daughters of Italian winemaker Piero Antinori — are preparing to take over the operations at their family’s winery. The Antinori family has been making wine for 600 years, and this will be the first time that women have had “any significant role” in the business.

On Jancis Robinson’s Purple Pages, a cautionary tale from YiXin Ong on shipping temperatures.

Lettie Teague writes about “The Stylish Science of Nonvintage Champagne.”

Joe Herrig attempts to define “structure.”

Elin McCoy profiles her “Top 10 Wines of 2012.” They range in price from $15,000/bottle (2009 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanee-Conti) to $14/bottle (2010 Gaba do Xil Mencia Valdeorras).

In case you missed it, Jeff Siegel writes the second part of his two-part feature on big wine companies and wine quality. (The first installment can be found here.)

In Food & Wine, Kate Krader writes the “Insider Guide to New Orleans.”

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