Daily Wine News: Score Inflation

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 10-05-2017

100_pointsJamie Goode considers score inflation and how it’s killing wine criticism. “This score inflation is caused by competition among critics, big egos, and the fact that these critics like being liked… I’m not sure whether the 100 point scale can be saved. These critics show no signs of slowing down, and the score creep continues.”

“Is Soave a cheap, downmarket white of neutral character, inoffensive but unexciting, or Italy’s most stylish white wine, capable of complexity and nuance?” In Meininger’s, Giles Fallowfield looks at the difficulty facing the Soave region.

In the World of Fine Wine, Katherine Houston ventures along the Route des Vins du Beaujolais, and sees how Beaujolais is repositioning itself in the 21st century.

“While modern society’s wine tastes run dry, with dry white and red wines attracting the most attention and recording the biggest sales, it was sweet wines that were important throughout much of history,” says Ian D’Agata, who covers Italy’s late harvest and air-dried sweet red wines in Vinous.

Ferrari-Carano remembers Donald Louis Carano, founder of Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery, who died Mon. Oct. 3. He was 85.

“The first known commercial crop of California-grown Mencia, a red wine grape variety native to Spain, was harvested September 14 from Silvaspoons Vineyards near Galt, located in the Alta Mesa sub-appellation of the Lodi,” reports Ted Rieger in WineBusiness.com.

“If any grape can conquer mortality, it is surely Cabernet Sauvignon,” argues Nina Caplan in the New Statesman.

The Drinks Business highlights Australia’s top women winemakers.

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