Daily Wine News: Frost Hits Champagne

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 04-25-2017

Frost and vines. (Flickr: epeigne37)

Frost and vines. (Flickr: epeigne37)

In Decanter, Caroline Henry reports that a “fatal” frost has hit vineyards in Champagne. “Olivier Horiot, a winemaker in Les Riceys, estimated that 40 to 50% of the potential 2017 harvest in the region has been wiped out.”

Batya Ungar-Sargon looks at the passionate responses to Bianca Bosker’s op-ed in the NYTimes, and wonders who Bosker’s book is actually for in VinePair. “For one person I spoke to, there’s actually a tension between the goal Bosker entered her project with — understanding what’s the big deal about wine — and the one she ultimately pursued — transforming herself into a sommelier. That person is Eric Asimov.”

In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre reviews Bianca Bosker’s Cork Dork, and admits he has “mixed feelings” about the book.

Andrew Jefford on Vignobles Marie Maria—the re-booted co-operative in Madiran—in Decanter. “The result is…new vineyards, new techniques and a range of new wines based on single soil types and sometimes single parcels.”

Meg Houston Maker gets a chance to taste small-production lots from Columbia Crest, a high-production winery. “The wines are well crafted: seamless, food-friendly, lit up with acidity and freshness.”

In Food & Wine, one expert pairs wine and bugs. Crickets and Riesling, anyone?

Dorothy Gaiter shares some of her favorite rosés in Grape Collective.

In VinePair, Vicki Denig talks to 9 somms about what they think are the most overrated wines.

David Williams suggests affordable alternatives to Bordeaux and Burgundy in the Guardian.

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