Daily Wine News: Sniffing Out Cork Taint

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 05-30-2019

100708-F-0295S-127In Bloomberg, Elin McCoy discovers cocaine- and contraband-sniffing dogs are being trained to sniff out cork taint and vineyard pests. “Now, before the company loads its barrels into a shipping container for transport to wineries around the globe, dogs make sure there’s no TCA, TBA, or other harmful chloroanisole or bromoanisole molecules hanging around in it… Dogs also turn out to be an essential weapon in grape growers’ wars against vineyard pests and diseases.”

And in Decanter, Elin McCoy delves into Château Montrose’s 200-year history, and how its new green credentials are setting a new standard in Bordeaux. (subscription req.)

Mike Pomranz reports on an upcoming auction of shipwreck wines in Food & Wine. The two “wines were among 14 bottles recovered from a shipwreck off the coast of Germany in 2010” and have estimated prices between $32,942 and $38,010.

The New York Post reports that a New Yorker who stashed her collection of wine claims Chelsea Wine & Storage dumped all 65 cases after a credit card mishap. There’s now a lawsuit against the facility.

In Travel + Leisure, Andrea Romano looks at how Britain is growing as a wine destination.

Reuters also looks at the growing English wine industry. “As English Wine Week gets underway, the industry’s trade body announced 3 million vines had been planted in England and Wales this year – three times the number planted in 2017 – making the country one of the world’s fastest growing wine regions.”

In Grape Collective, Lisa Denning caught up with chief winemaker Gabriele Tacconi to find out how he keeps Ruffino’s quality consistent year after year at one of the largest wineries in Italy.

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