Daily Wine News: Frost Concerns

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Wildflower ground cover at Stoller vineyard, Dundee Hills, Oregon“Looking back at the records I can find, this is the earliest we’ve been talking about budbreak.” So Jason Haas is losing sleep over frost.

“Oregon vineyard purchases by Kendall Jackson, Ste. Michelle Estates, Precept Wine, Domaine Drouhin, and this week’s purchase by Elk Cove Winery have led to speculation that… large corporations buying up prime vineyards and forcing small wineries out of business.” The truth, as Jean Yates reports, “is a bit less exciting. California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) is leaving Oregon and their vineyards are being sold.”

“At the time, the two friends had a desire to celebrate and draw attention to a group of winemakers whose approach to California Pinot Noir steered closer to the lower-alcohol, higher-acid model of Burgundy.” In his latest piece for JancisRobinson.com (subscription required), Alder Yarrow writes about “IPOB: The Tasting That Became a Movement.”

In Grape Collective, Alia Akkam asks 13 rockstar sommeliers what makes Burgundy so great. And Jameson Fink visits Clos de Vougeot.

“Not a bad return for the past ten years. And it certainly covers their storage costs.” In light of Chateau Latour’s decision to sell some of its wine from 2004, Tyler Colman looks at the winery’s decision to skip en primeur.

Mike Veseth heads to South Africa for three weeks and reports back on the state of the wine industry.

From Yves Durand, by way of Todd French, a depressing look at where wines were “priced in 1976, with a comparison of those prices based purely on inflation, versus current value.”

South Africa’s 4G Wines has released “a wine more expensive than the country’s four most-expensive wines combined.” W. Blake Gray has the details.

Fredric Koeppel profiles the latest releases from Virginia’s Stinson Vineyards.

In two parts (One, Two), Mick Cameron chats with John Lancaster, the wine director at Boulevard in San Francisco.

In the Drinks Business, Gabriel Savage reports on a new book from an Oxford biophysicist and an Oxford psychiatrist “designed to help wine lovers refine their blind tasting skills.”

In people news, Town & Country has hired Jay McInerney and Wine.com has hired Wilfred Wong.

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