Daily Wine News: Lopez de Heredia

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LopezTyler Colman visits Lopez de Heredia. (I was there!)

When three of New Zealand’s finest wine producers trekked separately to London recently, of more than 50 wines they showed, not one was a Sauvignon Blanc.” Jancis Robinson urges oenophiles to recognize that “New Zealand has very much more to offer than Sauvignon Blanc.”

“If ambition, uniqueness and an operatic story deserve attention and big bucks, the answer is yes.” In Bloomberg, Elin McCoy profiles Australian vintner William Downie, who just released a $110 Pinot Noir.

“We were challenged by a late and poor flowering, hail in July, mixed weather in September and a late October harvest not seen since 1978.” In Winophilia, winemaker Alex Gambal offers an early report on Burgundy’s 2013 growing season.

Silicon Valley Bank’s Rob McMillan tells it like it is: “Boomers today drive wine sales and its the women Boomers who are the primary wine buyers.”

“The wine industry is ‘preventing’ the average consumer from fully ‘understanding and liking’ wine as it has no idea how to communicate with them.” In Harpers, Richard Siddle covers Tim Hanni MW’s speech at this past weekend’s Digital Wine Communications Conference.

“What they were doing was not only interesting and important and of course delicious, but it was really as significant, culturally, as what the first modern generation of pioneers did — the Robert Mondavis and the Warren Winiarskis — in terms of looking at California with a global perspective, seeing that this was an amazing place to grow wine.” KQED’s Rachael Myrow chats with Jon Bonné about his forthcoming book, The New California Wine.

Alice Feiring chats with “the great master of Malvasia,” Eliseo Carballo.

In Wines & Vines, Jane Firstenfeld previews the Third Garagiste Festival in Paso Robles.

Paul Gregutt praises the “sprawling vino empire of Charles Smith” in Washington.

“There is no reason why I cannot sell Ningxia wine all over the world.” In Decanter, Andrew Jefford explores the wines of Mongolia.

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