“Since 2007 the world’s top riesling producers have met annually with prominent merchants, wholesalers, sommeliers and wine writers. And yet riesling sales are declining while close competitors are gaining ground.” Katherine Cole offers her thoughts on this year’s “Riesling Rendezvous, an international symposium co-hosted in Seattle by Chateau Ste. Michelle of Washington state and Dr. Loosen in Germany.”
“Misunderstood Riesling. Misunderappreciated Oregon Pinot Gris. What is to be done?” Mike Veseth, the wine economist, explores the marketing challenges presented by unusual wines.
“Thanks to its cultural roots, Alsatian Riesling craves pork… but it gets along swimmingly with salty seafoods too.” On Serious Eats, Lily Elaine Hawk Wakawaka offers some thoughts (and a cartoon!) on what pairs well with Alsatian Riesling.
On the blog for Live-ex, Gavin Quinney of Chateau Bauduc writes about the recent storms in Bordeaux.
China has stepped back from its threat to hit European wine producers with punitive tariffs.
On Monday, about 50 protesters demonstrated in front of Paul Hobbs Winery in Sebastopol.
In Wine-Searcher, Tyler Colman higlights the impact of Ireland on the world of wine.
In Palate Press, Becky Sue Epstein wonders why we’re drinking vintage ports when they’re so young.
Tom Wark offers “10 Warnings For Visitors to Napa Valley.”
“Mulville claims the sheep eliminate the need for any mechanical cultivation, tillage or mowing both between rows and under the vines.” In Wines & Vines, Paul Franson reports from the Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ seventh annual Organic Winegrowing Conference.
“More than a year after Washington voters approved Initiative 1183, allowing the sale of liquor in licensed private stores, the social disaster predicted by supporters of state stores has not happened.” In an editorial, the Seattle Times concludes that liquor privatization in Washington is working as advertised.