Daily Wine News: Frost, the New Normal?

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Frost and vines. (Flickr: epeigne37)

Frost and vines. (Flickr: epeigne37)

Is frost the new normal? Jancis Robinson explores our changing climates. “The frost that virtually wiped out the 2019 crop in parts of Anjou in the Loire in early April seems to me to have been under-reported. Similarly with those parts of Burgundy, notably Rully, that have already suffered two fatally severe frosts earlier this month. Part of the problem seems to be that winters are getting milder, so early budbreak is increasingly common, putting young vine growth at risk – particularly in our increasingly unpredictable weather patterns.”

Vicki Denig considers the importance of wine labels in Wine-Searcher. “No matter where in the world or what side of the industry, any given wine consumer’s first interaction with a bottle ironically begins with their eyes. So how much purchasing power does a wine label actually hold for both industry and consumer sales?”

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley visits Ungrafted, a new wine bar in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood. “Unlike most of their recent counterparts, Ungrafted is not a natural wine bar, even slightly. It does not have a concise, one-page wine list. It’s short on bottles from fashionable regions like Sicily, Spain’s Canary Islands and France’s Beaujolais. It isn’t afraid of dollar signs.”

In the Cork Report, Aaron Menenberg looks at how two Maryland wineries (Old Westminster Winery and Catocin Breeze Vineyard) are using wine education events to build relationships.

Ian D’Agata explores Italy’s 2018 rosatos in Vinous. “My tastings this year revealed simple, barely fruity and frankly too sweet Rosés that, though competently made, hold little interest for serious wine lovers. Even worse – and here Tuscany is among the biggest culprits – are wines marred by obvious aromas brought out by selected yeasts… Italy really is at times its own worst enemy.”

In Atlas Obscura, Anne Ewbank looks at the silver wine labels that hung on small chains on bottles starting in the 18th century.

In Wine Enthusiast, Lauren Mowery considers whether the term “Super Tuscan” is still relevant.

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