Daily Wine News: How Scores Changed Wine

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 10-17-2019

Wine_bottle_rating_signIn Meininger’s, Roger Morris considers how scores changed wine—for the better. “Simply put, ratings points were the prime reason consumer interest in wine, especially in the United States, exploded during the last 25 years of the 20th Century. However much professionals hated them, ratings provided the framework by which both trade and consumers could have a conversation about their thoughts and preferences on styles as well as individual bottles. Those who wanted guidance now had a system to follow, and those of us with independent palates had something to rail against whenever we felt combative.”

In the San Francisco Chronicle, David Ferry looks at why Wine Country isn’t attracting millennials.

Clay Risen explores the American craft distillers working to reimagine what American brandy can be in PUNCH. “In a way, the brandy renaissance is a return to history. Brandy made from all sorts of fruit—especially peaches and pears—was among the most popular spirits in colonial America… It’s ironic, then, that the resurgence in American brandy owes much to the return of American whiskey.”

In Wine-Searcher, Tom Hyland talks to Burgundy legend Jean-Nicolas Méo about pricing, climate, Henri Jayer and spreading his wings to Oregon.

In Decanter, Michaela Morris offers insight into Nova Scotia’s developing wine industry. (subscription req.)

The New Yorker published a new “humor” piece about natural wines.

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