Daily Wine News: A New Day in Napa

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 07-08-2019

Heitz_Cellars_LogoLast year, Napa’s Heitz Cellar was sold last year to Arkansas agriculture-and-banking billionaire Gaylon Lawrence Jr., who appointed Carlton McCoy Jr. as the new president and CEO. In Grape Collective, Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher talk to McCoy about his plans for the future. “Even if you are not a wine geek or a big fan of Heitz, his vision is important for anyone who cares about historic preservation – a winery, in this case – and anyone who is interested in Napa Valley. McCoy feels, as we do, that too many legacy brands have effectively disappeared as fine wines.”

In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre explores the ways wineries are trying to reduce their carbon footprint.

In the New York Times, Michele Bigley travels to Sonoma Valley, where she discovers how locals worked together to rebuild the landscape after wildfires, and why tourists are now returning.

Grignolino was once the darling of Piedmont but has all but faded into obscurity. Now it’s back, says Aldo Fiordelli in Decanter, who tastes the first wines from the producers of a new association dedicated to resurrecting the tradition of oak-aged Grignolino, under the banner of “Monferace.” (subscription req.)

Château Lafite reveals the name of its Chinese wine—Long Dai—and Jancis Robinson offers a look into the story behind the wine. “Domaines Barons de Rothschiild’s new Chinese red, to be offered to the Chinese trade, after many years’ preparation, from September 2019. Roughly 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 25% Marselan and 1% the local teinturier Yan.”

Tom Wark pays tribute to Mendocino producer Charlie Barra, who died last week at the age of 92.

In VinePair, Christine Clark explains volatile acidity’s role in wine.

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