Daily Wine News: Tannat & Erbaluce

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 03-05-2019

Tannat grapes. (Source: Wikimedia)

Tannat grapes. (Source: Wikimedia)

From Tannat’s contested South American debut, back to its origins in southwest France, and forward to its latest outposts in New Zealand, Julia Harding MW charts the rise of this climate-sensitive and terroir-transparent grape variety in the World of Fine Wine.

“These are wines that sommeliers, retailers and Italian wine directors should take a plunge at. They are very drinkable and enjoyable, again and again (that which I can attest to). They are versatile, and they are varied in their flavor profiles to enjoy over different courses and seasons. Why isn’t America jumping on this wine?” Alfonso Cevola makes a case for Erbaluce.

In Bloomberg, Elin McCoy explores the rise of cabernet franc. “In 2018 the volume of direct shipments of cabernet franc in the U.S. jumped 19 percent, according to the recently released Direct to Consumer Wine Shipping Report. The growth trend, it says, started in 2014.”

Reuters reports that Australia’s hottest summer on record is impacting grape yields, set to drop to the lowest in years.

In Wine Spectator, winemaker Tegan Passalacqua offers James Molesworth a tour of Turley Wine Cellar’s lesser-known cabernet sauvignon vines.

In Wine-Searcher, Tom Jarvis explores the history of vine grafting.

WineBusiness.com highlights millennial vintners from California to watch in 2019.

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