Daily Wine News: A Pointless Border

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A bottle of wine from Empordà. (Source: DO Emporadà)

A bottle of wine from Empordà. (Source: DO Empordà)

In Decanter, Andrew Jefford travels to Catalonia’s Empordà, and finds the Spanish wines have more in common with those from France. “I had previously always thought of it as classic Catalan hill country with a distinctive Mediterranean beauty and identity, like Alella or Penedès,” he writes. “That’s not right.  It is, perhaps, best seen as a part of Greater Roussillon: a sister vineyard to Maury and the Agly Valley, to Collioure and Banyuls.”

Elsewhere in Decanter, Elin McCoy comments on the rise of natural wine. “If natural wine makes people think harder about how the wines they drink are produced, that’s a good thing… But the movement’s ever-growing footprint in wine consciousness raises the possibility that future mainstream acceptance will eventually come at the price of losing the hipster street cred it now enjoys.”

After many regions experienced a disastrous 2017, global wine production is at its lowest since 1961. In the Guardian, Zoe Wood looks at how that will affect future wine prices.

Alfonso Cevola considers the importance of “the cool factor” when selling wine. “What I have been trying to find out, my entire career, with the person in front of me when I present a wine to them, is what they think cool is. This is not a one-size-fits-all kind of thing. No plug-and-play here. Everyone is different.”

In Bloomberg, Elin McCoy writes favorably about the Plum, the latest in-room wine-on-tap machine being used in hotel rooms that “automatically keeps track of how many glasses you drink, adds the cost to your hotel bill, and even notifies management when it’s time to replace the bottles.”

“Lalou Bize-Leroy’s 2015s are absolutely stellar,” says Antonio Galloni, who shares his notes for the 2015 wines in Vinous.

In Wine Spectator, Mitch Frank reports on Vinexpo’s return to New York last week.

American cruise company Holland America Line has named James Suckling as its new wine curator, reports the Drinks Business.

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