Daily Wine News: Chandon Evolves

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 10-08-2018

(Source: Domaine Chandon)

(Source: Domaine Chandon)

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley profiles Pauline Lhote, Domaine Chandon’s director of winemaking, and looks at how she’s begun to reinvent Chandon’s style. “Although Lhote grew up in Champagne, attended winemaking school there and worked at famous houses like Moët & Chandon and Nicolas Feuillatte, she is not interested in mimicking Champagne’s wine style. Although she is young, at 35, she is likewise uninterested in making the sort of racy, edgy sparkling wines in vogue today — so acidic they threaten to rip away your tooth enamel.”

Jancis Robinson highlights the progress being made in the Chianti Classico region. “Memories of vinegar in a straw-covered flask linger long and have tended to muddy perceptions of Chianti Classico. This is most unfortunate because Chianti Classico has never been such an exciting wine as it is today.”

In Mother Jones, Maddie Oatman reports on how Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe region is booming—and worrying some of its residents. “All the development comes at a cost: Residents of the semi-arid region worry that its precious groundwater is being over-tapped…”

Michael Schachner explores the transformation of Uco Valley’s wines in Wine Enthusiast.

Ray Isle heads to the Finger Lakes for a weekend of wine tasting in Travel + Leisure.

In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre looks at how Okanagan Valley wineries have upped their game and replanted after NAFTA.

Hannah Wallace reports on how Oregon’s Sokol Blosser is making environmental and social change part of their mission in SevenFifty Daily.

In Wine & Spirits Magazine, Deanna Gonnella discovers the lighter side of grenache.

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