Daily Wine News: Burgundy 2018

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 12-05-2019

Vineyard in Burgundy (Source: Wikimedia)

Vineyard in Burgundy (Source: Wikimedia)

In Wine-Searcher, Christy Canterbury MW offers a report on Burgundy’s 2018 wines. “There are excellent and average Burgundies in 2018, and there are a lot of both. Just as producers had to handle their vines and wines strategically, consumers need a master plan when shopping the vintage.”

In Wine Enthusiast, Caroline Hatchett looks at the “slow yet exciting shift” in the way that sommeliers and vintners talk about and describe wine.

Louis Roederer has announced the release of the 2012 vintage of Cristal, the first to be made from 100% biodynamically farmed grapes.

Robert Joseph ponders the secret to making a luxury wine in Meininger’s.

In Wine & Spirits Magazine, Corey Warren interviews Jancis Robinson about the new 8th edition of The World Atlas of Wine.

In VinePair, Susannah Chen reports on how Champagne is changing its methods to compact the effects of climate change.

In Decanter, Stephen Brook offers a short profile of Tuscany’s Ruffino.

David Farley talks with Jeannie Cho Lee, Singapore Airlines’ sommelier, about what to drink onboard a flight in Newsweek.

Daily Wine News: Talk About Tariffs

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 12-04-2019

(Flickr: husbandunit)

(Flickr: husbandunit)

“US trade officials said they were considering imposing import tariffs of “up to 100%” on certain French products, with a provisional list including “sparkling wine made from grapes” and many types of cheese, from Roquefort to Gruyère,” reports Decanter.

US wine retailers have maintained their optimism in the face of the tariffs on wine, finds Jeff Siegel in Meininger’s. “Six weeks into the 25 percent European wine tariffs, there’s a sense in the US that importers will take only the most necessary price hikes, and that those hikes will take place between now and the end of January. Otherwise, they will wait and hope for the best.”

W. Blake Gray explores the appeal of Dry Farm Wines, the wine club that’s the largest buyer of natural wines in the world. “These are not just natural wines. The company has a very specific aesthetic: low alcohol (12.5% or less), clean wines (despite minimal sulfur) and no residual sugar. The special feature is that it lab tests all of its wines, so they are what they claim to be. I’m a rather well-known skeptic, but I believe in Dry Farm Wines.”

In Grape Collective, Andrew Chalk offers tips for visiting English wineries.

On JancisRobinson.com, Tamlyn Currin reviews Wines of the French Alps by Wink Lorch. (subscription req.)

Stephen Tanzer offers his notes on the new releases from Washington State in Vinous.

In Bon Appétit, Liz Riggs explains how drinking wine helped her make peace with her 30s. “If my twenties were about spinning my wheels until I couldn’t anymore; running around trying to find myself in the mess, my thirties are about settling into what I’ve found. What I get at the wine shop is a reminder of the life I’ve built, the life I like.”

In VinePair, Kelly Magyarics talks to Champagne concierge Lise Legrand about her elite access, how anyone can — and should — enjoy a glass with anything from the low-brow to the luxe, and tips for those visiting the Champagne region.

Daily Wine News: Succession

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 12-03-2019

Vineyards in Sonoma. (Flickr: torbakhopper)

Vineyards in Sonoma. (Flickr: torbakhopper)

“As the wave of growers that came of age in the 1970s retires, the question of how a family can sustain ownership is more relevant than ever. Where family farming is the paradigm, the culture of the region depends on growers’ ability to chart a way forward for their next of kin. It’s called succession planning, and in Sonoma it’s on everyone’s mind.” In SevenFifty Daily, Betsy Andrews looks at how several multigenerational families in Sonoma are tackling succession planning.

Roger Morris admits he’s not a fan of Riesling in Meininger’s: “I’m puzzled by all those folks in the wine trade who love Riesling and would have it served at their funerals, and so can’t fathom why rank-and-file wine lovers don’t care enough for Riesling to drink or buy it with any regularity… Whenever I have repeatedly tried to pair Rieslings with whatever I’m eating, I find myself wishing I had ordered something else.”

“Moët Hennessy, the wine and spirits division of French luxury titan LVMH, has made a big bet on pink, purchasing a 55 percent controlling stake in luxury Provence rosé winery Château d’Esclans for an undisclosed sum,” reports Daniel Marsteller in Wine Spectator. “Château d’Esclans is known for its Whispering Angel brand, which has been a driving force behind the premiumization of the rosé category in the U.S.”

Layla Schlack delves into the history of sparkling wine in Wine Enthusiast.

In National Geographic, Danielle Bernabe explores all that Paso Robles has to offer wine lovers.

In Grape Collective, Lisa Denning talks to Steve Edmunds of Edmunds St. John Wines to talk about his decades-long stretch in the wine business and the constant struggle to get his understated wines noticed in a market saturated with big, bold California Cabs.

In Wine-Searcher, W. Blake Gray pens a love letter to Madeira.

Daily Wine News: Southern Wine Scene

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 12-02-2019

pexels-photo-2945471In VinePair, Chasity Cooper surveys the emerging Southern wine scene. “While the South might not be home to America’s most famous wine growing regions, it has another homegrown asset: the art and culture of hospitality.”

In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre reports on Warren Winiarski’s most recent honor: “…the Smithsonian awarded Winiarski, whose name means “from wine” or “from the winemaker” in Polish, its James Smithson Bicentennial Medal in a ceremony Nov. 21 at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, in a room overlooking the vineyard that produced the winning wine. He is the first winemaker to receive the medal, which honors people for contributions to American art and culture.

How good is Château Lafite Rothschild’s Chinese wine, Long Dai? Elin McCoy gets a taste in Bloomberg.

In the New York Times, Eric Asimov recommends 2019’s best books on wine and cider.

Jessica Dupuy also suggests a few wine and spirits books for holiday gift giving in Forbes.

Jancis Robinson shares her recommendations for 35 festive reds to drink this holiday season.

In Wine Enthusiast, Charlie Friedmann explores aged sake.

Daily Wine News: Happy Thanksgiving

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 11-27-2019

(Source: Wikimedia)

(Source: Wikimedia)

In PUNCH, Megan Krigbaum looks at how Thanksgiving’s “it” wines have changed, and talks to progressive wine shop owners about what to drink this year.

Elsewhere in PUNCH, Jamie Feldmar talks to Eric Asimov about how his Thanksgiving wine advice has evolved over the last 16 years.

“You could argue that currently Champagne is undergoing a greater revolution than any other wine region,” says Jancis Robinson. “The most obvious change is in the climate. Virtually all wine regions are experiencing more and more hot summers, but this matters particularly in Champagne where high acids have been treasured in the base wines to be made fizzy. Average acid levels have been falling, and I think you can taste in many champagnes that the grapes were riper than in the past. This is not necessarily a bad thing.”

In Wine Spectator, Brianne Garrett talks to actor Ian Somerhalder about the “alchemy” that went into making his red blend, the parallels between wine and film, and why he still reaches for value wines.

“The term ’natural wine’ is an insult to the humanity of wine,” said Chilean winemaker François Massoc during a discussion with the Drinks Business.

In Forbes, Thomas Pellechia analyzes the ups and downs of the 2019 global bulk wine market.

In Penta, Jake Emen explores the world of concrete-aged wine.

Daily Wine News: Reflecting on 50 Years of Wine

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 11-26-2019

41CLtyPIQ-L._SX395_BO1,204,203,200_Almost 50 years since it was first published, The World Atlas of Wine has reached its eighth edition. In Decanter, John Stimpfig talks to Jancis Robinson and Hugh Johnson about what has changed in the wine world over that time.

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars founder Warren Winiarski is this year’s recipient of the Smithsonian Institution’s James Smithson Bicentennial Medal, conferred by the National Museum of American History. He’s the first winemaker to ever receive that award, whose past honorees include George Lucas, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Lady Bird Johnson and Stephen Hawking. Esther Mobley shares the details in the San Francisco Chronicle.

In Bon Appétit, Marissa A. Ross considers merlot’s comeback, and also recommends wines for Thanksigving.

With Beaujolais Nouveau Day just passed, Evan Rail looks at other European wine regions that make vin nouveau in VinePair.

In Wine-Searcher, W. Blake Gray looks at how the quality of dry wines is changing in the Douro Valley. “It’s an enormous difference in a single generation. Twenty years ago, there weren’t a lot of great Douro Valley table wines. The world has only gotten hotter, but Douro Valley table wines have gotten cooler.”

In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre recommends new wine books for holiday gift-giving.

“Jean Gautreau, who turned the neglected Sociando-Mallet winery into a competitor with Bordeaux’s classified growths, has died at the age of 92,” reports Suzanne Mustacich in Wine Spectator.

Daily Wine News: Michelin Acquires Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 11-25-2019

Flickr: Ren Kuo

Flickr: Ren Kuo

Michelin has acquired Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Valerie Kathawala reports on the details in Grape Collective.

In Wine-Searcher, Kathleen Willcox explores wineries that grow only one grape variety. “An almost existential quest for authenticity and a grape’s truest expression seems to pervade the perspective and approach to winemaking of every varietal-infatuated producer. But there is also a feeling, akin to the idealized notion of marriage so many of us grew up with, that they “get” this one grape more than others do, and it’s their job to not help this grape achieve terroir transcendence, but also explain away some of its less-appreciated personality tics to the rest of the world.”

On the blog for First Vine, Tom Natan examines why many wine drinkers seem to need their wine to be considered “healthy,” and talks with Georgetown professor of philosophy Rebecca Kukla about the increasing need to cast wine as a health beverage.

Jancis Robinson suggests a good mix of bargain bubbly for the holidays ahead.

Roger Voss looks at how the tariffs will affect Beaujolais Nouveau this year in Wine Enthusiast.

In the New York Times, Eric Asimov offers some last-minute Thanksgiving drinks tips.

Antonio Galloni offers his notes on the late-release 2015 Barolos in Vinous.

In Meininger’s, Caroline Gilby MW reports on how sustainability is impacting the wine industry.

Daily Wine News: Toasting Terry Theise

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 11-20-2019

Terry Theise. (Photo credit: Skurnik Wines)

Terry Theise. (Photo credit: Skurnik Wines)

In the New York Times Magazine, Joe Appel writes a letter of recommendation for Terry Theise’s wine catalogs. “So much of wine writing tries to “simplify” wine: It is “essentially about pleasure,” or “at its foundation an agricultural product,” or “just fermented grape juice.” Through Theise, you come to see such slogans as abbreviated and disrespectful. His brochures unabridge, guiding us to feel ourselves into existence — to understand what we like less through logical inquiry and more through attunement to our emotional life.”

Sean P. Sullivan highlights five women behind some of Washington’s best grapevines in Wine Enthusiast.

Gallo has purchased the Pahlmeyer wine brand, reports W. Blake Gray in Wine-Searcher. “It’s a very Constellation Brands-like deal, no small irony as Gallo awaits federal antitrust approval for its $1.7 billion purchase of 30 mostly low-end brands from Constellation.”

In Wine Spectator, Robert Camuto looks at actor John Malkovich’s latest project: producing wine in Provence.

In SevenFifty Daily, Katherine Cole reports on how importers, wholesalers, and retailers are scrambling to soften the blow of the new 25 percent tariff imposed by the U.S. on beverages from EU nations.

In Vinous, Ian D’Agata reports on the 2018 vintage in Campania.

In New Jersey Monthly, Tara Nurin looks at how blaufränkisch is taking root in New Jersey.

Daily Wine News: The New Yorker Tackles Natural Wine—Again

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 11-19-2019

Bar at La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels

Bar at La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels

“In the Napa boom of the nineteen-nineties, consumers prized wines that were rich and flawless. Now they’re seeking out wines that are more expressive than correct; wines that are earthy, with visible sediment; wines that taste alive.” In the New Yorker, Rachel Monroe considers the factors that led to the natural wine boom, and the problems with it going mainstream.

What makes a wine taste expensive? Margaret Rand ponders the answer on Tim Atkin’s site. “We’re not talking here about what makes a wine expensive, but what gives it that burnish, that gloss, that announces – whispers, even – money. Some expensive wines don’t taste expensive. They might taste so fascinating, so complex that you know they are expensive – but that’s not quite the same thing. I can think of great Austrian whites that are deservedly very expensive but don’t have that burnish. It’s harder for whites. The taste of money is much more a red thing.”

In Wine Enthusiast, Kathleen Willcox looks at the rise of Italian grapes in American vineyards.

In Bloomberg, Elin McCoy explains why cider should be the official drink of Thanksgiving.

On JancisRobinson.com, Alder Yarrow reports on the recovery efforts being made in Sonoma after the Kincade Fire. (subscription req.)

In Grape Collective, Valerie Kathawala explores why Domäne Wachau is Austria’s number one winery.

In the Drinks Business, New Zealand-based lighter wines pioneer Dr. John Forrest speaks out against the rise of zero % abv wines.

Daily Wine News: Native American Wines

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 11-18-2019

glass_glasses_restaurant_drink_wine_glass_wine_clear_liquid-989609.jpg!dKathleen Willcox explores the rise of Native American wines in Wine Enthusiast. “Tribes in California, New Mexico, Utah and British Columbia have created small, successful and critically acclaimed brands… Outside winemakers are also working with Native American growers. It’s not just a socially responsible business plan, but an investment in the future.”

“China is by far the most important market for Australian wine today, worth more than twice as much as the second most valuable market, the US.” Jancis Robinson looks at the influence of Chinese investors in Australia.

In the Wall Street Journal, Lettie Teague recommends Thanksgiving wines from America’s up-and-coming wine regions. (subscription req.)

Jamie Goode tastes a few wines made in talhas, “the Alentejo amphorae that are back in fashion.”

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley highlights Gail Wines, “a thrilling new label” to “reinterprets Sonoma Valley terroir.”

In the World of Fine Wine, David Williams reviews Oz Clarke’s Red & White: An Unquenchable Thirst for Wine.

In Wine-Searcher, David Allen reviews Wink Lorch’s second wine book, Wines of the French Alps.