Daily Wine News: Napa’s Future

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 04-10-2018

(Source: Visit Napa Valley)

(Source: Visit Napa Valley)

“The Napa Valley Agricultural Preserve, passed by the Board of Supervisors on April 9, 1968, resolved to protect the valley’s most precious resource: land… Now, a half century later, Napa has arrived at another turning point, this time with a June ballot initiative that could alter the course of its history again.” In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley reports on an upcoming voter initiative that would curb further vineyard development in Napa. “If the 1968 Ag Preserve’s objective was to protect Napa Valley for agriculture, the question, it seems now, is: Does Napa need protection from agriculture?”

“What’s ultimately most interesting about this political battle in Napa Valley over its future is the way in which it mirrors the 2016 election cycle when irrationality ruled the day,” says Tom Wark.And I fear it will be equally successful in Napa Valley.”

Robert Camuto profiles Michele Satta, Bolgheri’s “local contrarian” in Wine Spectator. “What has distinguished Satta all along is his heresy of believing in Bolgheri Sangiovese. Most Bolgheri estate owners and winemakers agree that Sangiovese, Tuscany’s great red variety, simply doesn’t work in Bolgheri terroirs,” writes Camuto. “Satta says most Bolgheri producers haven’t figured out how to grow the grape.”

In Decanter, Andrew Jefford goes searching for Savoie’s greatest grape.

Jamie Goode reviews Wine and Place by John Buechsenstein and Tim Patterson in Wine & Spirits Magazine. “This book is a reader, a collection of some of the most significant writing on terroir, expertly curated and connected by commentary.”

In Vinous, Antonio Galloni offers his thoughts on new releases from Tuscany’s Maremma, Montepulciano and smaller neighboring appellations.

In Forbes, Lisa Kocay profiles Nathalie Bour, third-generation winemaker for Domaine de Grangeneuve in the southern Rhône.

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