In Punch, Simon J. Woolf looks at the change unfolding in the Douro Valley as winemakers discover a softer side. “Port’s credentials are ingrained into the region’s very fabric; the Douro’s parcels are classified in gradations, from A down to F, with a plot’s ability to yield concentration and high sugar levels prized above all else. But Douro winemakers have had to learn that the same qualities are not always so welcome in still wines.”
Silver Oak and Twomey winery have entered into a partnership with the San Francisco Giants, reports Darren Heitner in Forbes.
In Wine Spectator, Robert Camuto visits the Ravaille brothers at their estate in France’s newest appellation, Pic St.-Loup.
Andy Perdue makes a case for California Petite Sirah in the Seattle Times.
In Decanter, Andrew Jefford explores the various styles of wine in the Valpolicella region: Valpolicella, Ripasso, Amarone, and Recioto.
Henry Jeffreys shares “9 Legitimately Good Kosher Wines for Passover” in Food & Wine.
Idaho wine continues to be a fixation for W. Blake Gray. “Terroir-wise, it’s not very different from eastern Washington; it’s just a matter of updating the farming and winemaking culture, and that’s happening.”
In the Daily Meal, Andrew Chalk explores wines from the Southern Rhône, and finds value in Lirac, Cairanne, Rasteau and Gigondas.