Daily Wine News: Napa Valley’s Wine Train Turns 30

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 09-06-2019

(Source: winetrain.com)

(Source: winetrain.com)

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley looks back on 30 years of Napa Valley’s Wine Train. “The Wine Train has revealed Napa at its worst, a window into the region’s cultural crises and shortcomings. In the ’80s and ’90s, it seemed to distill all the valley’s anxieties about encroaching development. Four years ago, it became a stand-in for questions around the wine industry’s lack of inclusivity. And still today it finds itself at the center of an ongoing debate around increasingly dire shortages of housing and labor.”

In the New York Times, Eric Asimov pays a visit to Heitz Cellar, where he finds old-school techniques that call into question some cherished contemporary beliefs about wine. “A visit to Heitz’s winemaking facility in Spring Valley, an almost hidden nook off the Silverado Trail, is like entering a time machine to 1970s Napa Valley, the dawn of the modern era of California wine production. Perhaps even then, the Heitz methods were considered eccentric.

In Wine Spectator, Ben O’Donnell reports on how a newly discovered winery in northern Israel sheds light on how people lived and drank there in the 12th century. “The recent discovery of the largest-yet-found Crusader winery, possibly the hub of winemaking in the northern part of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, could shed new light on how the Crusaders worked, lived and played.”

In Wine-Searcher, Caroline Henry reports on the challenging 2019 Champagne vintage.

In Decanter, Jane Anson visits the estate behind the ‘most expensive wine in Bordeaux’ and reports on plans at several estates to resurrect old and rare grape varieties.

Joaquín Hidalgo offers an in-depth report on Argentina’s terroirs in Vinous.

On Wine Folly, Madeline Puckette explores the potential of Chambourcin.

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