“American wine growers have long expressed varying degrees of skepticism about [terroir], some dismissing it as unfathomable mysticism and others regarding it as a shrewd marketing ploy to protect the cachet of French wines.” In the New York Times, Nicholas Wade reports on a new study from UC Davis researchers which concludes the terroir might be as simply as “the fungi and bacteria that grow on the surface of the wine grape.”
In Beaune, winemaker Emmanuel Giboulot “stands to be charged €30,000 and serve a six-month prison term because he refuses to treat his vineyards in Burgundy for a disease known as Flavesence Dorée.” Alder Yarrow brings attention to this fascinating story and the questions it raises.
“It was Cockburn’s 1908, and it was a Damascene conversion at the age of 13. In Wine-Searcher, Adam Lechmere chats with Steven Spurrier, “The Man Behind The Judgment of Paris.”
In Palate Press, Mary Orlin visits three producers in the Santa Cruz Mountains that “are doing exiciting things” with Pinot Noir. On the list? Rhys Vineyards, Muns Vineyard, and Windy Oaks Estate.
Wine Enthusiast’s editors chat with Vitalie Taittinger, the global ambassador of Champagne Taittinger.
Antonio Galloni tastes through the latest releases from Cedric Bouchard.
Ray Isle investigates “the most effective method” to preserve an open bottle of wine. His conclusion? “A combination of gassing the wine and putting it in the fridge.”
In Wine Spectator, Bruce Sanderson explains why Rajat Paar’s “Maison L’Orée is a label to watch.”
W. Blake Gray thinks you should drink American wine on Thanksgiving.
In App Storm, Jessica O’Toole concludes that Delectable is “The Holy Grail of Wine Apps.”