Daily Wine News: Women, Wine & Abuse

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 08-06-2019

womandrinkingwine“Most professions—from engineering to entertainment—have boldly reckoned with power abuse in recent years, sexual and otherwise. Since late 2017, the restaurant industry has also begun to publicly acknowledge power abuses within its ranks. Yet in the wine world, silence lingers. Let’s be clear—it’s not because we’re especially well behaved. Something is keeping victims in the wine business strangely quiet, and we have a duty to ascertain what it is.” In SevenFifty Daily, Amy Bess Cook of Woman-Owned Wineries examines why women in the wine industry stay silent about abuse. “While women need not feel obligated to speak out against abusive behavior, we deserve to feel safe if we do choose to speak about the experience. That isn’t the reality.”

In Wine-Searcher, Oliver Styles considers our approaches to blind wine tasting, and explores the importance of context when tasting wines. “Without context, they say, critics rest on balance, intensity, complexity and length for their judgement and, to a great degree, most wines don’t tick all four boxes – despite those wines being fantastic expressions of their region. This is a loser’s manifesto… I’d argue that wine critics should be able to factor in all sorts of aspects of a wine that set it apart from notions of perfection (it might have higher than usual acidity, or be somewhat oxidative in character, or have noticeably low alcohol) and still find beauty and, even, perfection within it.”

In Wine Enthusiast, Alec Scott offers a wine lover’s guide to Oakland, California.

Could synthetic wines be interesting? Jamie Goode explores the answer.

In Decanter, Elin McCoy pays a visit to Napa’s Larkmead Vineyards. (subscription req.)

In the Daily Beast, an excerpt from Alice Feiring’s new book, Natural Wine for the People.

Lettie Teague shares her semisparkling summer go-to’s in the Wall Street Journal. (subscription req.)

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