Daily Wine News: Brazil’s Wine Boom

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 12-04-2018

Source: Go Brazil Wines

Source: Go Brazil Wines

In Wine Spectator, Liz Thach reports on Brazil’s growing wine industry. “Brazil’s wine industry dates to the 1880s, when a handful of wineries were established by northern Italian immigrants, but has now grown to more than 1,100 wineries. During the past decade, the wine industry has expanded, with revenues increasing from US$213 million in 2007 to more than $640 million in 2017.”

Tom Wark shares the results of his 2018 American Wine Writer Survey. “While numerous aspects of the wine writers’ work remain very similar to what it was 25 years ago, a great deal has changed too. The most obvious change is the advent of the Internet and digital publishing and all the disruption to subscriber bases and ad dollars that come with it. But as the survey shows, the community of wine writers is also changing, particularly with regard to gender.”

“Albert Frère, the billionaire veteran Belgian businessman and who became co-owner of Château Cheval Blanc in Bordeaux after investing with Bernard Arnault, has died aged 92,” reports Chris Mercer in Decanter.

Alfonso Cevola looks at the state of natural wine in flyover country.

Antonio Galloni explores Champagne’s new releases in Vinous.

On WineBusiness.com, Cyril Penn reports on the ways climate change is affecting vineyards around the world.

In Grape Collective, Christopher Barnes talks with Valle Reale general manager Giulia Migliorati about the winemaking path of Valle Reale and the uniqueness of the Abruzzo region.

Daily Wine News: NBA & Wine

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 12-03-2018

BAGcapIn the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley looks at how fine wine has become the NBA’s new status symbol. “If that basketball-player stereotype used to involve fancy Tequila and Lamborghinis, with wine it has taken a more cerebral turn in the arena of luxury goods. [Lebron] James, for example, “is a really knowledgeable wine drinker,” says Braiden Albrecht, winemaker at Napa’s Mayacamas…”

Elsewhere in the Chronicle, Esther Mobley delves into the questions about Joe Wagner’s Oregon wine label scandal that nobody is asking. “If Wagner isn’t actually mischaracterizing wherehis grapes came from — if instead, his offense is only that he made his wine in California rather than in Oregon — how is the consumer being harmed?”

In PUNCH, Jon Bonné highlights New York’s Ruffian and explores what makes the wine bar’s wine list so exciting.

In Food & Wine, Sara Schneider gives an overview of three wine clubs that make great holiday gifts.

Eric Asimov offers notes for the most recent wine school, on California carignan, and announces what’s up next: tawny port. “Both sherry and Madeira, the other two leading fortified wines, have had some semblance of a revival. But port? Not so much.”

In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre offers a guide to the different styles of port.

In Meininger’s, Robert Joseph ponders the future of synthetic wine.

Lauren Mowery explores Dublin’s wine scene in Wine Enthusiast.

Daily Wine News: Best Wine Books 2018

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 11-30-2018

(Source: Wikimedia)

(Source: Wikimedia)

In the New York Times, Eric Asimov highlights the Best Wine Books of 2018. “Why does this wine taste as it does? What makes a bottle great? Or flawed? Can a glass still surprise us? What makes some grapes well-accepted and others not? This year’s crop of excellent new wine books was particularly contemplative.”

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley looks at the feud breaking out in the wine community over a recent Daily Beast article that featured a conversation between sommeliers Jordan Salcito and Bobby Stuckey. “The charge, in short, is that the younger set of somms isn’t taking the profession seriously as a craft. Stuckey’s mic drop: “The natural wine movement is the Fox News of wine.” Unsurprisingly, reactions have been strong.”

“Slow fermentations are in fact having something of a moment,” says Jane Anson after her visit to Arista Winery in Sonoma County in Decanter.

What’s behind your inflight wine list? Lauren Mowery investigates in Wine Enthusiast.

In Condé Nast Traveler, Krisanne Fordham on the appeal of wine cruises.

Tom Wark digs into “the ugly truth about wine retailers.”

In the Wall Street Journal, Lettie Teague explores the Langhe in the first of a three-part series on wines in Italy’s Piedmont. (subscription req.)

James Lawrence reports that Oregon Cabernet is on the rise in Harpers UK.

Daily Wine News: Gen Z Consumers

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 11-29-2018

glassofroseIn Beverage Media, Kit Pepper compares Gen Z to Millennial wine consumers. “The oldest of this group are just 22, but already Generation Z is drinking about 20% less than Millennials did, according to a 2017 survey by Berenberg Research. The same survey predicts this generation will consume 10% less alcohol per capita than Millennials through age 49. This is huge because Generation Z is huge: 86.43 million U.S. residents in 2017 (Statista) versus 71.86 million Millennials and 73.47 million Baby Boomers…”

On his Do Bianchi blog, Jeremy Parzen is impressed by Dan Petroski’s latest label, Gaspare, a 2016 Italian blend of Tocai Friulano, Ribolla Gialla, and Chardonnay. “Here’s a critically acclaimed and admired American winemaker whose aesthetic has been shaped by his contact with Friulian white wines. Like a Dante emulating his guide Virgil, he has applied his experience in and passion for Italy using Friulian grape varieties grown in Californian soil. But now he’s come back to Italy, full circle, in a peripeteia that precedes a glorious reckoning, a resolution of sorts between that which inspires and the inspiration itself.”

“Champagne house Louis Roederer could release still wines that it has made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, as global warming may prompt more Champagne houses to produce still wines alongside fizz,” reports Natalie Wang in the Drinks Business.

According to Chris Mercer in Decanter: “Italy’s national wine committee unanimously approved the creation of Monferrato DOC Nebbiolo in Piedmont, as well as a ‘Superiore’ extension, in late September this year.”

Paul Gregutt explores the state of Oregon pinot noir in Wine Enthusiast.

In Wine-Searcher, Jim Boyce investigates China’s changing taste wine.

Daily Wine News: The Next Napa?

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 11-28-2018

Sunrise overlooking a vineyard in the Finger Lakes. (Wikimedia)

Sunrise overlooking a vineyard in the Finger Lakes. (Wikimedia)

Could the Finger Lakes be the next Napa Valley for whites? Sharon Nagel explores the wine region’s significance on Vitisphere.

Julie H. Case explores northwest Michigan’s wine scene in Travel + Leisure. “You can see the depth and breadth of the region’s winemaking by touring the two winemaking regions on either side of Traverse City, the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas.”

“Those of you who have followed along on my little Loam Baby journey know that I almost lost my magazine a couple of years ago in a sale gone off the rails. Gladly, I got my baby back and I couldn’t be happier.” R.H. Drexel’s Loam Baby is back, and you can read the entire Woman’s Issue here.

“A federal judge Monday dismissed a civil suit brought against President Trump by the owners of a D.C. wine bar, saying the plaintiffs failed to show that the president had engaged in unfair competition by profiting off his luxury D.C. hotel,” reports the Washington Post.

In Wine-Searcher, James Lawrence explores the ways in which the wine world needs to adapt as the demand for wine rises globally.

“The Tommasi winery of Italy’s Veneto region has purchased a significant share of Fattoria La Massa, an estate in Panzano in Tuscany’s Chianti Classico region,” reports Bruce Sanderson in Wine Spectator.

In Wine Enthusiast, Anne Krebiehl on sekt, “Germany’s best kept secret.”

Tom Wark reflects on 14 years of wine blogging.

Daily Wine News: U.S. Wine Consumers

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 11-27-2018

(Flickr: torbakhopper)

(Flickr: torbakhopper)

Wine Intelligence has identified six distinct groups of wine consumers in the U.S. market: engaged explorers, premium brand suburbans, contented treaters, social newbies, senior bargain hunters, and kitchen casuals.

Recent disputes have caused winemakers and legislators to reconsider America’s laissez-faire attitude toward veracity in wine labeling. Katherine Cole reports on the movement towards truth in labeling in SevenFifty Daily.

In the Daily Beast, Jordan Salcito chats with sommelier Bobby Stuckey about the future of sommeliers and why so many of his colleagues are retiring early.

Christina Pickard writes about her experience of joining a wine tasting club and finding community after moving to a new town in Wine Enthusiast.

Rioja has produced one of its largest harvests on record, with an increase of 30% on the previous frost-struck vintage,” reports Patrick Schmitt in the Drinks Business.

Michelle Williams looks at the group of Chilean winemakers working to make terroir-driven wines in Forbes.

In the Washington Post, Marc Silver says “it’s hard to resist the cheeky charm of “The Wine Show.””

Tom Hyland explores the hottest trends in Italian wine in Wine-Searcher.

Daily Wine News: Looking Back & Ahead

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 11-26-2018

Fino sherry. (Wikimedia)

Fino sherry. (Wikimedia)

In Wine & Spirits Magazine, Patricio Tapia looks at how a new generation in Jerez is looking to the past in search of flavors modernity seems to have erased.

Jamie Goode explores the rise of what he calls “consumer champions” in the wine industry. “They are a band of vocal marketers, commentators and ‘thought leaders’ who are upset and outraged by the way that the wine industry is expressing loathing, hatred and disregard for ‘the consumer’, leaving large swathes of the drinking population feeling criticised, belittled and vilified… I think the consumer champions are well intentioned. But they are misguided. They identify many of the problems in the wine industry, but have no real solutions…”

“Many a Champagne producer has said, “if we had 1996 again we’d do it differently”. And then, in 2008, they had their chance.” Margaret Rand compares 2008 Roederer Cristal and 1996 Cristal Vinothèque in Wine-Searcher.

In Wine Spectator, Roberto Camuto finds a distinctive primitivo in Gioia del Colle, located in the center of Italy’s Puglian heel.

Jancis Robinson recommends 32 festive whites for the holiday season.

Smithsonian highlights the best food and wine books of 2018

In Vinous, Josh Raynolds offers him impressions of Vacqueyras 2016 and 2015.

Matt Kettman offers a guide to Santa Barbara County’s wines in Wine Enthusiast.

Daily Wine News: Changing Tastes

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 11-23-2018

wineinboxIn Meininger’s, Roger Morris looks at the unstoppable rise of direct-to-consumer wine sales. “In 2017, US drinkers spent $2.69bn on 5.78m cases of wine – at an average of about $38.75 per bottle – purchased directly from wineries. That number is expected to top $3bn this year. These 2017 sales figures reflect an amazing 15.5% increase in value and a 15.3% increase in volume from 2016.”

Anton Moiseenko charts the changing tastes of Russian wine consumers in Meininger’s. “Another reason for wine producers to be optimistic about Russia is the recent trend towards retailers importing on their own behalf.”

Reuters reports that Portugal’s wine output sinks to two-decade low amid global rise. “Almost all Portuguese regions were affected, including the Douro Valley in the north, famous for its port wines and various fine reds. But the southern region of Alentejo, which produces quality table wines popular at home and abroad, managed to preserve 2017 output levels.”

In Decanter, Jane Anson revisits the “hugely acclaimed” 2015 vintage in Pauillac. (subscription req.)

In Wine-Searcher, Liza B. Zimmerman reports on Copper Cane Winery, owned by Wagner, which has just been ordered by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) to change the label on its Elouan wine line.

Somms and bartenders share their tips for getting through the busiest season of the year in SevenFifty Daily.

Daily Wine News: Label Changes Ordered

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 11-21-2018

An Elouan label.

“California winery Copper Cane has been ordered by the federal government to change the labels on its Elouan wines, which are made in California but labeled as Oregon wines and sold as such by retailers,” reports Michael Alberty in the Oregonian. “Wineries are forbidden from referring to specific Oregon winegrowing regions on their labels and marketing materials if the grapes are trucked from Oregon to California for production. All such wines are limited to using the word “Oregon” to describe their point of origin. But the 2017 Elouan Oregon’s back labels refer to specific Oregon winegrowing regions, such as the Rogue, Umpqua and Willamette Valley American Viticultural Areas, in violation of the federal bureau’s regulations.”

In Guild Somm, Alice Feiring, Cathy Corison, Patrick Comiskey, and David Keck share their favorite wine books.

What’s next for Santa Barbara wine? In Wine-Searcher, Vicki Denig explores the region’s wines that span beyond pinot noir and chardonnay.

In SevenFifty Daily, Victoria James asks 52 wine professionals to weigh in on the physical activity their jobs require—then compares it across industries.

In the Sacramento Bee, Mike Dunne highlights Chateau le Puy. “The wines of Chateau le Puy may not be as dear or as well known as others of Bordeaux, but the family’s story of independence and invention is likely unmatched.”

Instead of wine, try cider for Thanksgiving dinner, suggests Jeanette Hurt in Forbes.

Ray Isle suggests Oregon sparkling wines that rival Champagne in Food & Wine.

Emily Saladino talks to 11 sommeliers about the wines they’re bringing to Thanksgiving in VinePair.

Daily Wine News: Value from Washington

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 11-20-2018

Views of Mt. Hood & the Columbia River Gorge from Cascade Cliffs Vineyard & Winery, Wishram, Washington (Source: Washington State Wine)

Views of Mt. Hood & the Columbia River Gorge from Cascade Cliffs Vineyard & Winery, Wishram, Washington (Source: Washington State Wine)

In Vinous, Stephen Tanzer turns his attention to Washington wines. “…although it’s tempting to say that at today’s lofty wine prices, the wines have to be good in order to compete in the marketplace, Washington’s wines are still relative bargains compared to those of California, with many of them—reds and whites alike—offering outstanding value.”

In Grape Collective, Joyce Lin talks with Faouzi Isaa of Domaine des Tourelles about being the youngest winemaker in Lebanon, managing the 150-year-old estate and making the award winning Cinsault.

On Tim Atkin’s site, Christy Canterbury ponders Trump, Macron, and tariffs on U.S. wines.

In Wines & Vines, Peter Mitham shares insights from the latest Wine Industry Metrics report: DtC shipments up 22%, U.S. wine sales rise 5%…

Final wine sales for the Hospices de Beaune 2018 auction were €14,187,150 (£12.6 million, $16.17m), excluding the buyer’s premium, according to Christie’s, which hosted the sale. The previous record, set 12 months ago, was 13.5m euros, reports Decanter.

Are the French more interested in Italian wine than Italians? Alfonso Cevola looks at his blog’s traffic report for answers. “…over the life of this blog, going on thirteen years now, French readers exceed Italians by double.”

Elin McCoy offers some more Thanksgiving wine advice in Bloomberg. “Turkey may be the star, but sides provide the most distinctive flavors on your Thanksgiving table. So here’s my wine advice for 2018: Pick bottles based on the sweet, tart, salty, savory, earthy, spicy, or creamy accompaniments you’re serving.”