Daily Wine News: Bad Labels, Good Wine

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"The Oggau estate has invented a fictitious family to express the taste personalities of its wines, assigning each wine a face, name, and story. Doesn’t work for me."

“The Oggau estate has invented a fictitious family to express the taste personalities of its wines, assigning each wine a face, name, and story. Doesn’t work for me.” – Elin McCoy

In Bloomberg, Elin McCoy looks at great bottles of wine that unfortunately have bad labels, and ponders how important wine labels are. “The underlying aesthetic of label images is not just “notice me”; it also is supposed to be a cue to the style, quality level, and yes, the cost of the wine inside.”

Decanter reports that Michelin is buying a 40% stake in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and the website RobertParker.com.

In Wine & Spirits Magazine, Rachel Signer reports on the I Love Gamay event in Portland. “Despite the fact that Oregon has a mere 30 acres planted to gamay, the variety is enjoying a surge in popularity, thanks to a new generation of urban winemakers who’ve caught on to Beaujolais… Given that the 22 producers pouring at I Love Gamay were working with a mere eight Oregon vineyards, it seems likely that more gamay will be going into the ground soon.”

Why are sommeliers obsessed with bargain beers? Vicki Denig investigates in VinePair.

Matt Kramer considers wine and food pairings in Wine Spectator. “Probably my biggest lesson is not to choose a wine that you like, but rather, to choose what the dish likes.”

In NPR, Kristen Hartke looks at how the film Sideways reshaped the California wine industry.

In the Chicago Tribune, Michael Austin gets to know Australian wines beyond cute critter labels.

Kristine Hansen recommends summer-ready red wines in Vogue.

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