Daily Wine News: Natural in the Northeast

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 06-05-2019

(Source: Wikimedia)

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“Comparisons to other, old-world wine regions are often seen as Big Compliments, and while those nods can give you some helpful orientation when you’re trying to understand what’s in your glass, it can also just be plain futile. Who cares if a hybrid grape from Vermont tastes like an aligoté from Burgundy? Or a New York cab franc is a dead ringer for a Chinon from the Loire? It’s not,” writes Amy Zavatto in Edible Manhattan. “It is, however, its very own, beautiful, unique thing—right here, right now. And you might say that it’s a large part of what the natural wine movement in the Northeast is all about.”

Mike Veseth, the wine economist, says it’s the beginning of the end of the Old World appellation system. “The AOC system can withstand these market forces, although some regions will find it in their interests to adapt as Chianti did in the face of super-Tuscan success. But a second force is harder to ignore and will be even more threatening in the long run: climate change.”

Amber LeBeau of the SpitBucket wine blog takes a close look at the steady growth in Italian wine sales. “Especially in the $10-20 range, you can often find bottles that way overdeliver on the price. Simply put, Italian wines are nailing the Millennial Math. In the race to capture the hearts of the elusive Millennial market, Italian wine producers have a great head start.”

Is Riesling the world’s most under-rated premium grape variety? David Morrison considers the answer on his blog, The Wine Gourd.

In the Oregon Wine Press, Tamara Belgard profiles the Oregon women turning male-dominated vineyard management on its heels.

Is there a future for half-bottles? Jason Haas considers their potential on the blog for Tablas Creek.

Marissa A. Ross considers the world of co-fermented wines in Bon Appétit.

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