Daily Wine News: Evolving Wine Retailers

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 03-09-2018



And I’m back with the Daily Wine News after a brief hiatus caused by me losing power during the nor’easter! A few extra links for you all this morning…

Over in Punch, Megan Krigbaum looks at how retailers are changing how we buy wine. “Today’s curious, next-generation buyers are also benefitting from the fact that there’s just way more wine available… It’s now perfectly acceptable to have a substantial Jura section, but nothing from Alsace. Gone are the days of having to tick boxes.”

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley reviews James Conway’s Napa at Last Light. “The problem with “Napa at Last Light” is not Conaway’s position. He’s right to take a stand for the future of Napa’s environment…The problem, rather, is the way Conaway tells the story: melodramatically and hyperbolically. In doing so, he does a disservice to those he hopes to support.”

Elin McCoy also reviews Conway’s book in Bloomberg. “Most of the book is devoted to specific conflicts told through the interwoven stories of Napa’s colorful dramatis personae, helpfully listed at the front. Although Conaway doesn’t identify them as heroes or villains, you soon learn which is which in his eyes. A caution, though: Some of the tussles are more nuanced than Conaway prefers to portray them.”

On March 2, 2018, the TTB got its first MW: Caroline Hermann, the bureau’s import-export program manager for wine, beer, and spirits. Julie H. Case profiles Hermann in SevenFifty Daily.

In Wine Enthusiast, Lauren Mowery highlights 10 trailblazing women leading the wine industry forward.

Tim Atkin considers the success of New Zealand sauvignon blanc. “The remarkable thing about the rise and rise of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is just how quickly it has happened.”

WineBusiness.com reports Nicky Hahn, founder of Hahn Family Wines, has died. He was 81.

Esther Mobley pens an obituary for Nicky Hahn in the San Francisco Chronicle. “Hahn was one of a small group of vintners to begin making high-quality wines in the 1970s in the Santa Lucia Highlands…He later led the effort to establish the Santa Lucia Highlands as an American Viticultural Area, winning federal approval in 1991. Later, Hahn would be instrumental in shifting the region from Cabernet Sauvignon cultivation to Pinot Noir, which remains the area’s predominant grape.”

In Decanter, Jane Anson profiles Richard Serisier, an Australian who is making wine on the edge of Bordeaux’s Right Bank.

Producer associations are proliferating, but few of them have any relevance, argues James Lawrence in Wine-Searcher.

“In a fitting twist of fate, Israel’s modern wine industry may have finally found its signature identity… in Palestinian territory,” writes Kristen Bieler in Grape Collective.

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