Daily Wine News: Vintage Predictions

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Bottle of German Silvaner. (Wikimedia)

Bottle of German Silvaner. (Wikimedia)

“In the late 1980s, the Princeton economist Orley Ashenfelter found that he could predict the quality of Bordeaux red wine vintages based on characteristics such as the temperature and rainfall during the harvest year… Using just these variables, he was able to account for more than 80 percent of the price variation for vintages in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.” In Bloomberg, Peter R. Orszag looks at one economist’s method to predict a vintage’s quality using only statistics, and explores why it hasn’t yet caught on.

In the New York Times, Eric Asimov makes the case for silvaner, “a grape and a wine that has few champions and could use one badly.”

In Wine Enthusiast, Layla Schlack highlights four mother-daughter winemaking teams in Oregon, Virginia, California, and Bordeaux.

Three bottles of 1774 vin jaune from the Jura region—among the oldest in the world— are up for auction, reports Kim Willsher in the Guardian.

New Jersey’s first canned wine, a rosé from William Heritage Winery, makes its debut this weekend. I share the details over at New Jersey Monthly.

Sophia Bennett wonders if gamay could be Oregon wine’s next great grape in the Register-Guard. “I think that pinot noir will always be the grape that’s associated with Oregon, but I also think there’s room for other grapes to find their way here…”

In the Wall Street Journal, Lettie Teague tried buying wines based on bottle shape and found few as interesting as the bottles they came in.

Amanda Barnes details what you need to know about Rioja’s new regulations in SevenFifty Daily.

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