Daily Wine News: Red Hills Rising

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Red Hills AVA (Source: Lake County Winegrape Growers)

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley looks at the rise of the Red Hills of Lake County. “And maybe, through a cynical lens, $150 Cabernet is the eventual destiny of all California wine regions. But is that truly where every up-and-coming appellation has to end? Do the Red Hills have to transition from Napa’s invisible understudy to Napa’s wannabe imitator?”

Wines & Vines reports that the 38th annual Napa Valley Vintners’ (NVV) charity Auction Napa Valley raised more than $13.6 million.

In SevenFifty Daily, Jameson Fink explores the challenges and rewards of making petit verdot, and talks to producers about how to get consumers excited about the grape.

Jancis Robinson looks at why Australian wine producers are pursuing the Chinese wine market. “Total Australian wine exports to China are worth more than twice those to the UK and almost twice those to the US. The average value of a litre of Australian wine exported to China, currently third most important export market by volume, is three and half times as much as the average value of a litre of wine imported by the penny-pinching Brits.”

In Decanter, Andrew Jefford takes a close look at Châteauneuf’s other soil type: sand.

Elsewhere in Decanter, Andy Howard says it’s in white wine that Argentina is really making strides, with winemakers across the country now producing a broad variety of fascinating and fruit driven styles. (subscription req.)

In Wine-Searcher, James Lawrence reports that Burgundy producers are looking south as land prices put a brake on vineyard acquisition in the Côte d’Or.

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