Daily Wine News: Madeira, Napa & More

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Madeira wine. (Wikimedia)

Madeira wine. (Wikimedia)

In Saveur, Megan Krigbraum explores the wines of Madeira. “I’ve been to many wine regions, but I’ve never seen a banana tree in one before. Somehow, for the past several hundred years, Madeira has balanced its roles as being a storied wine producer—world-renowned for its fortified wine that’s unmatched in ageability—and a warm-weather escape for mostly northern Europeans…”

How green is Napa Valley? Jancis Robinson explores the answer. “Despite the green credentials now being so widely touted by California’s wine growers and producers, there is still so much more to do…The reality, however, is that the stereotypical Napa Valley recipe of making high-alcohol, highly priced wines from irrigated grapes farmed by third parties using temporary labour is one of the most successful in the world.”

While the overall sale of magnums has been on the decline, U.S. sales of French wine in magnum bottles have risen 16.5%. David Lincoln Ross reports on the trend in SevenFifty Daily.

“Hail and heavy rain have caused at least some damage to several vineyards in Burgundy’s Côte de Nuits, mostly in the communes of Prémeaux-Prissey and Nuits-St-Georges,” reports Yohan Castaing in Decanter.

W. Blake Gray shares what one of the most interesting wines he’s tried this year, made from “wild grapevines climbing up tree trunks over a river.”

In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre looks at the ways our wine consumption in restaurants in shifting.

Michael Austin explores Michigan’s wine scene in the Chicago Tribune.

Lettie Teague on German Riesling in the Wall Street Journal. (subscription req.)

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