Daily Wine News: Arizona’s Wine Scene

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(Photo credit: Arizona Stronghold Vineyards)

(Photo credit: Arizona Stronghold Vineyards)

In the New York Times, Alex Schechter hits the wine trail in northern Arizona. “The Verde Valley is on the periphery of Grand Canyon National Park, a place known for extremes… On this stretch of Arizona’s wine trail, a largely experimental and free-spirited vineyard scene is growing more serious by the minute. While only three vineyards existed here in the early 2000s, the Verde Valley Wine Trail today includes two dozen venues, spread over 450 square miles.”

Christopher Ross profiles Gary Vaynerchuk, and looks at the impact he had on the wine world in PUNCH. “In the wine world, where a bourgeois sense of decorum still reigned, the show was unprecedented. Outside those traditional confines, Vaynerchuk activated and energized new audiences.”

In Eater, Stefanie Tuder looks at how top New York City natural wine destinations, like Frenchetter, are getting in on the wine game by creating their own custom blends. “Not many natural winemakers have publicists, so they’re pouring the wines at events themselves and communicating directly with buyers and sommeliers. Both Frenchette and Four Horsemen’s wines came out of relationships with winemakers.”

On his blog, Alfonso Cevola is happy to see that ramato is having a moment. “It’s part of the cool kids club now, because it’s also having a renaissance moment – It is once again ramato – which depending on which cool kids club you shower in, is either a rosé wine or an orange wine.”

“After a career spanning more than 70 vintages, Bordeaux winemaking icon André Lurton has died,” reports Suzanne Mustacich in Wine Spectator. He was 94.

Rémy Charest explains how sulfites affect a wine’s chemistry in SevenFifty Daily.

Rebecca Holland heads to Franciacorta to explore the region’s sparkling wines in the Guardian.

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