Daily Wine News: Beaujolais Boom

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 04-13-2018

(Flickr: Le Vin Parfait)

(Flickr: Le Vin Parfait)

Exports of Beaujolais boomed in the past year, boosted by the entry-level category, reports Lisa Riley in Harpers UK. “The entry-level category put in a particular impressive performance, with value sales up 84% and volume by 55%, according to the new data, which also revealed a 10% value surge for the Crus alongside a 7% volume increase.”

In the New York Times, Eric Asimov checks in to see what Laurent Ponsot has been up to since leaving the family estate last year. “his faith in terroir, and a desire that people understand it better, has led Mr. Ponsot to his most ambitious, and perhaps most outlandish, idea for the future. He wants to build a visitor center, to be called Villa Vinum…He emphasized that Villa Vinum would not be a museum. Rather, he said, it would be focused on the future.”

Wine Spectator’s James Molesworth wraps up a round of visits during his 2017 en primeur tastings with visits to Châteaus de Fargues and d’Yquem in Sauternes.

In Wine-Searcher, W. Blake Gray reports that California regions like Lodi are starting to realize they are too hot for grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

On a visit to the cellar of billionaire collector and anti-counterfeiting crusader Bill Koch, the Wall Street Journal’s Lettie Teague had the rare opportunity to taste legendary wines alongside cunning (and very expensive) fakes. (subscription req.)

In Food & Wine, Ray Isle offers a guide to the wineries of Margaret River.

In SevenFifty Daily, Betsy Andrews tells how Daniel Johnnes, the Burgundy-obsessed wine impresario, helped shape a generation of wine professionals.

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