Daily Wine News: Today’s Somm

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“Today’s sommelier is a very different animal to her counterpart of previous generations… Today’s sommelier is a brand in their own right. They almost certainly have a sizeable social media following – a key requirement when applying for a new job – and a blog in which they can tell the world about their latest discoveries. And ‘the world’, in this case, means other sommeliers.” In Meininger’s, Robert Joseph explores the rise and rise of the somm.

In the Harvard Business Review, Gregory Carpenter and Ashlee Humphreys report on what the wine industry understands about connecting with consumers.

In the World of Fine Wine, Ella Lister rounds up the last of the auction news of 2018, paying particular attention to the seemingly unstoppable rise of Burgundy, which is having no difficulty in seeing off all comers.

In Wine Spectator, James Molesworth talks to Paul Hobbs about his most recent venture in Coombsville, which only earned AVA status in 2011. “What makes the wines from Coombsville different according to Hobbs is the area’s cooler climate—”cooler” by Napa Valley standards, at least.”

Shana Clarke reports on how Oregon wineries are coming together to save grapes rejected for smoke taint in NPR. “For the Solidarity winemakers, helping growers recoup some of the potential loss just by purchasing grapes wasn’t enough; all net proceeds from the sales of the wines will go to Rogue Valley Vintners, the nonprofit Oregon growers association.”

In Wine Enthusiast, Lauren Mowery highlights six women that became “the first” to achieve a high accomplishment in the wine industry.

Oliver Styles meditates on wine snobbery in Wine-Searcher.

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