Daily Wine News: Exploring En Primeur

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Bordeaux wine. (Source: Wikimedia)

Bordeaux wine. (Source: Wikimedia)

Jamie Goode writes about the “privileged access” he got last week in Bordeaux. “It is very hard as a visiting journalist or trade buyer not to be at least subliminally influenced by the grandeur of the top properties, and to feel grateful for the chance – at least for a short while – to feel part of this world. It takes a strong conscious effort to evaluate the wines fairly… This privileged access is nice if you get it, but the problem with it is the unspoken threat: it can be rescinded. You are meant to feel lucky. You are in the club. What happens if you break club rules?”

In VinePair, Tim McKirdy explains Bordeaux’s En Primeur, and explores the “irrational romance of French wine tradition.”

“The perennial champion of expensive wines, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti’s Romanée-Conti Grand Cru has been knocked off its perch by its close cousin Domaine Leroy Musigny Grand Cru,” says Don Kavanagh in Wine-Searcher, “which has outstripped its rival to hold the title of the world’s most expensive wine.”

In SevenFifty Daily, Kathleen Willcox investigates complaints of nonpayment mounting against the online wine club Wine Awesomeness.

In Wine Enthusiast, Sean P. Sullivan reports on how wine in the restaurant industry is evolving.

Rebecca Gibb looks into the art of Instagram success for wine businesses in Meininger’s. “Pew Research Center figures show that Instagram is favoured by the under 30s; in the 30- to 49-year-old age group, 40% use Instagram but 78% use Facebook; in the 50- to 64-year-old category, just 21% use Instagram but 65% use Facebook. It’s clear that if a wine brand targets Millennials, Instagram is a must-have, but wineries with older audiences may feel their time is better spent elsewhere.”

In the World of Fine Wine, Roy Richards looks back over his 20 years of buying and, more recently, producing in the Languedoc-Roussillon.

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