Daily Wine News: Counterfeit Wine Bust

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Savatiano grapes.

Savatiano grapes.

More than 6,000 bottles of counterfeit Chinese wines were busted in China, reports the Drinks Business. “This underscores the scope of fake wines circulating in mainland China that extends well beyond expensive and famous Bordeaux or Napa reds. Despite the growing popularity of imported wines, domestically produced Chinese wines still take up about 70% of the country’s wine market…”

On his blog, W. Blake Gray talks to Greek winemaker Vassilis Papagiannakos about making varietal wines out of Retsina grapes. “His family owns 100 acres of vineyards mainly planted with 60 to 70 year old Savatiano vines. His solution was to release varietal dry Savatianos: no resin, just the grape itself.”

Target announced that it will begin selling an exclusive line of (cheap) wines next month, reports Melissa Minton in Bon Appétit.

Elsewhere in Bon Appétit, Marissa A. Ross explores natural wine and offers tips for how to find the best ones.

Italy faces one of the smallest wine harvests in 60 years, according to Chris Mercer in Decanter.

In SevenFifty Daily, Jim Budd looks at how France’s recent hard-hit vintages will affect quality and prices.

D.C.’s first winery, District Winery, opens today in the Yards. Holley Simmons has the details in the Washington Post.

In Vinous, Josh Raynolds shares his impression of the 2014 and 2015 Vacqueyras wines.

Doug Frost MS is impressed by improvement in the quality of Kansas wines.

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