Daily Wine News: Revitalized Rioja

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Jancis Robinson on Rioja’s revitalized image. “It’s exciting that the region is feeling so confident, and that it seems to have at least partly addressed some of the criticisms so recently levelled at it. I just hope that the best traditional houses… will continue to provide us with fastidiously long oak-aged blends that are some of the longest-living wines in the world.”

Wines & Vines reports that Koerner Rombauer, the founder of Rombauer Vineyards and a beloved figure in the Napa Valley, died on May 10. He was 83.

“Under his leadership, the Rombauer Vineyards brand became practically synonymous with California Chardonnay. After the winery’s founding in 1980, it helped popularize Chardonnay made in a rich, buttery style.” Esther Mobley pens an obituary for Koerner Rombauer in the San Francisco Chronicle.

In the World of Fine Wine, Ella Lister reports on the 2017 Bordeayx en primeur. “Pricing for the 2017 vintage, rightly, will be as heterogenous as the quality of the wines themselves. For 2017 was not an obvious vintage in which to make a great wine, as 2015 and 2016 were.”

South Africa’s drought is so severe that Cape Town has faced the pospect of running out of water. In Meininger’s, Michael Fridjhon looks at what this has meant for nearby wine regions.

In Vinous, Josh Raynolds shares his thoughts of the 2016 Northern Rhône whites.

Is Bordeaux’s reign as the king of wines over? David Williams says its time to see out future classics from elsewhere in the Guardian.

Emma Balter looks at the evolution of the rosé bottle in Wine Spectator.

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