Daily Wine News: A New Day for Beaujolais

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A glass of Beaujolais. (Flickr: kohrogi34)

A glass of Beaujolais. (Flickr: kohrogi34)

Jancis Robinson explores the new generation in Beaujolais. “The economic doldrums of the region that resulted when the world fell out of love with Beaujolais Nouveau at the end of the last century kept land prices attractively low for young newcomers with a different, more artisanal concept of winemaking… Beaujolais exports were up 22% last year, with demand particularly strong from what you might slightly carelessly call American hipsters, or at least influential American sommeliers.”

“The new owners of Napa Valley’s iconic Heitz Cellar, the Lawrence family, are fulfilling a long-held goal of the winery’s founders to extend the boundaries of its Trailside Vineyard in the Rutherford subappellation,” reports Augustus Weed in Wine Spectator. “The winery has purchased the Wildwood Vineyard, adjacent to its Trailside property, from wine giant Treasury Wine Estates and plans to combine the two properties.”

In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre considers the growing appeal of canned wines.

Alfonso Cevola is also paying attention to canned wine in the Dallas News.

Meanwhile, in the Los Angeles Times, Jordan Michelman is saying to forget bottles, cans and boxes, and look ahead at the next wine trend: keg wines on tap. “Keg wine has a stigma to overcome: the kegging or bagging of wine has long been synonymous with large industrial estates selling their run-off plonk as a cheap addendum. This reputation is starting to change, however, as the interest in alternative formats has found a willing bedfellow in the boom of natural wine culture…”

In Grape Collective, Valerie Kathawala explores the terroir-driven wines of Emilia-Romagna’s La Tosa

Meininger’s editor-in-chief Felicity Carter discusses the state of the world’s wine industry with Forbes.

In 5280 Magazine, Ruth Tobias makes a case for being more daring when it comes to trying different wines.

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