Daily Wine News: Hurricane Irma Hits

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 09-11-2017

Hurricane Irma.

Hurricane Irma.

In Reuters, Barbara Goldberg reports on the rescue missions underway for rare wine collections in Hurricane Irma’s path. “In Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, a storage facility with wine lockers built to withstand 157-mile-per-hour (253-km-per-hour) winds has turned away 10 potential new customers in recent days because it is filled to capacity

Richard Branson, the billionaire founder of the Virgin Group, rode out Hurricane Irma in his wine cellar on his private Caribbean island.

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley looks at how the Bay Area’s Labor Day weekend heat spike is affecting this year’s harvest. “Grapes that were harvested before the heat spike, already on their way to becoming wine, are looking beautiful, vintners report. Many wines unharvested yet may turn out fine. A lot depends on sorting out the raisins…”

In Cahors, Eric Asimov finds a younger generation of winemakers has created reasons to care about the region. “Those producers include people like Julien Ilbert of Château Combel-la-Serre and Fabien Jouves of Mas del Périé, who are upending the image of Cahors as heavy and rustic by making distinctive wines of elegance and grace.”

Jancis Robinson says “the bronze medal for growing Pinot Noir nowadays goes to Germany.”

Hugh Johnson’s advice for drinking in France? Go for lesser-known wines.

In Grape Collective, Valerie Kathawala makes the case for verdicchio as being Italy’s greatest native white grape.

In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre reports on Zachys, a premier New York retailer that has just opened a location in D.C. “The cost of real estate and shifting market dynamics led Zachys to risk a different model: Instead of luring us into a store with displays of wine bottles, the store will try to bring the wine experience to us.”

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