Daily Wine News: Time to Retire “Natural Wine?”

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 06-13-2019

(Flickr: Chris Pople)

(Flickr: Chris Pople)

Is it time to retire the phrase “natural wine?” Christina Pickard explores the issue in Wine Enthusiast. “Despite the style’s environmentally responsible directives and positive attributes, some longtime natural winemakers­ are now opting out, requesting that those who sell and support their wines cease referring to them as “natural.”… As natural wine’s evolution marches forward, the need for a new classification or, perhaps more realistically, a certification program, becomes ever more apparent.”

Is oak over in wine? Jamie Goode ponders the complex answer in VinePair. “But, as with any trend in wine – even a correcting one – the pendulum often swings too far. Just because over-oaking is a problem, it doesn’t mean that all oak is bad. Small oak barrels, including new ones, have a role in forming fine wines. Oak can never truly be “over.” We simply need to be smarter about how we use, think, and talk about it.”

On his blog, Jamie Goode addresses why “like what you like” is generally bad advice when it comes to wine.

Chris Yorke, global marketing director of New Zealand Winegrowers, has been named as the new head of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board, taking over from the departing Willi Klinger.

Felicty Carter shares three things to know about wine writing.

In Wine Spectator, James Molesworth looks at how Napa Valley’s Colgin Cellars’ model—production, site-specific, finessed Cabernets—is a proven method for success.

On his Good Vitis blog, Aaron Menenberg relives a few memories through tasting a 2004 bottle of Syrah.

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