Daily Wine News: Aligoté & Amazon

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Aligoté wine from Burgundy. (Wikimedia)

Aligoté wine from Burgundy. (Wikimedia)

In the New York Times, Eric Asimov explores Burgundy’s other white grape: the often-despised aligoté grape. “The cultural connotation of aligoté may have particular meaning today in a region where newfound fame and wealth may in the long run overwhelm a culture built on the image of the community of vignerons, the small farmers who tend the vines, make the wines and know the land inside and out.”

Amazon has partnered with Oregon’s King Estate Winery to make its own private label wines named Next Wines. In GQ, Marian Bull explains why this isn’t going to better connect wineries with drinkers, as Amazon intends it to.

W. Blake Gray pens “A Brief History of French Reaction to The Wine Advocate,” spanning from 1978 to 2017.

On the blog for First Vine, Tom Natan looks at how experiences and material purchases influence happiness, and explores how they each relate to wine consumption.

According to a study by Wine Opinions, American wine consumers overwhelmingly prefer cork closures, with “cork being seen as an indicator of wine quality by as much as 97 percent of respondents.”

“A hot, dry summer has left pesticide levels in Champagne’s groundwater at dangerous levels, according to a local study, raising fears about the region’s water quality,” reports Caroline Henry in Wine-Searcher.

In Palate Press, Roger Morris considers the challenges Sauternes producers are facing now that there is less demand for sweet wines.

In Grape Collective, Stephan Kandler of Chateau Tourril talks about the evolution of wine in the Languedoc.

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