Daily Wine News: Staggering Change

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 08-26-2013

new york“In a staggering change of direction, the New York State Liquor Authority” has decided to enforce its law prohibiting “wine shipments from New Jersey retailers to NYS residents.”

“A new generation of winemakers and grape growers is rewriting the modern story of California wine — discovering new places to farm and new grapes that thrive.” In the San Francisco Chronicle, Jon Bonné celebrates California’s “less-traveled areas.”

“The challenges they face — employee safety, operational disruptions, and a long history of local turmoil — shed new light on the lengths winemakers in warzones will go to.” In the Atlantic, Cathy Huyghe highlights those winemakers in Syria and Lebanon who continue to work despite war “raging at their doorsteps.”

In the Wall Street Journal, Lettie Teague contends that “quality Muscadet is actually one of the world’s best, if most obscure, bargains.”

“Even so, the wines we liked best were deep and resonant, with energy to spare, all with a firm core of… mineral flavors.” In the New York Times, Eric Asimov tastes through Germany’s dry Rieslings from 2011.

“No one wants to exalt these figures. It’s just business.” Elsewhere in the New York Times, Elisabetta Povoledo profiles Vini Lunardelli, the producer behind the “wine labels that portray Hitler and sundry members of the Nazi hierarchy.”

In Wine-Searcher, Rebecca Gibb chats with James Conaway, the author of “Nose.” (As regular readers know, I reviewed Nose this past May.)

Elsewhere in Wine-Searcher, Rebecca Gibb reports that Christie’s is slated to be the first auction house to hold a sale in mainland China.

In California, “a new generation of winemakers has rediscovered… [Semillion] and is using it to produce some of the best white wines in the state.”

“If anyone’s asking, I might steer them toward Spain and a crisp, bone-dry, slightly saline Txakoli… from the Basque country on the northern coast of Spain.” In the Los Angeles Times, S. Irene Virbila explains why Txakoli is “the perfect summer wine.”

“Don’t be mistaken — it’s a serious winery, albeit in an urban setting.” In the New York Cork Report, Katie Myers profiles Brooklyn Oenology.

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