In Punch, Lora Smith heads to Blackberry Farm to examine the tradition of drinking Port before a fox hunt.
In Burgundy, biodynamic wine grower Emmanuel Giboulot was fined $687 for not spraying his vines against disease. He was facing up to six months in prison and a $41,200.
In Wine-Searcher, Katherine Cole investigates which Oregon vineyards might achieve a grand cru-like status one day.
“This Lambrusco is not the sweet red fizz that became Italy’s most exported wine in the decades after the 1970s. It’s the good stuff: dry, not-quite-sparkling, easy-drinking wine crafted from select grapes and offered at reasonable prices.” In Wine Spectator, Robert Camuto explores the Lambrusco resurgence.
“Terroir is a useful and meaningful idea. Let’s just try to be clear about what we intend to say when we wield it.” Elsewhere in Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman attempts to define terroir.
In Crimea, reports Sarah Begley in Time, “wineries are optimistic that the change in political leadership will help their businesses.”
Lars Carlberg explores why “screw caps become so popular on the Mosel.”
In Palate Press, David Honig visits Israel, where “a burgeoning wine travel industry is growing around the new fine wine industry.”
Lily-Elaine Hawk Wakawaka tastes Grenache with the Rhone Rangers.
“Food at the Oakland Coliseum is dreadful, and sewage overflows into the A’s locker room when it rains… But somebody has decided to take wine seriously.” W. Blake Gray has the details.
Cyril Penn digs into the data to investigate whether craft beers are taking a share from wine.