Daily Wine News: Pondering Fraud

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 02-06-2019

(Flickr: alexbrn)

(Flickr: alexbrn)

Wine fraud only seems to matter if the wines being counterfeited are well-known labels. Robert Joseph wonders why in Meininger’s.

In the New York Times, Eric Asimov announces what’s up next in Wine School: Valtellina.

“It’s a hard wine to review. I’m aware that the consumer champions will be looking for any negative comments I make so they can dismiss me as a wine snob. And many of my professional colleagues will be looking for any positive comments, so they can beat me up for giving a big brand an easy ride.” Jamie Goode reviews Meiomi Pinot Noir 2017.

Alfonso Cevola reflects on what being a working father, a single father, was like in the wine trade in America. “My son remarked to me the other day that he thinks part of his work ethic, especially in regards to design and setting up a showroom/showcase situation, came from the many nights I’d take him on my stocking run. Or when I had to help the display department build a large wine display. I’d drop a sleeping bag next to the deli and he would watch (and do homework) as long as he could and then surrender to sleep, under the fluorescent lights.”

In SevenFifty Daily, Katherine Cole profies iconic Bay Area importer Martine Saunier, who discovered virtuosos like Henri Jayer and ushered in a new era of boutique French wines.

In Decanter, Sarah Jane Evans MW explains the fascination behind nine of her favorite winemakers among Spain’s new guard. (subscription req.)

Jill Barth offers a guide to wine certification programs in Wine Enthusiast.

Daily Wine News: The Sommeliers of Everything

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 02-05-2019

businessman-with-wineIn the Washington Post Magazine, Jason Wilson sets out to learn from the sommeliers of everything. “What the rise of specialized taste education, the cult of sensory analysis, and the wine-ification of everything means is that taste is becoming more and more codified all the time. There are good tastes and bad tastes; not only that, there’s a growing caste of gatekeepers in every field who are keeping score on what tastes great, middling and flawed… We are a people in need of an authority, a higher voice, some guidance — even if it comes from behind the cheese counter.”

In the New York Times, Eric Asimov responds to the reactions to his last Wine School assignment that included three popular, mass-produced grocery store wines. “The exercise was certainly not meant to demean anybody’s choices, or to persuade fans of these wines to drink something different… But if you are curious about wine and wish to dive into it more deeply, you will find it offers a far greater range of pleasures, though more effort than stopping by a supermarket might be required to identify and find bottles with that capacity.”

In SevenFifty Daily, Peter Weltman delves into the origin of zinfandel.

In Wine Enthusiast, Carly Fisher highlights wine bars and restaurants across the country that are highlighting women winemakers via events, dinners and special sections on their menus.

Since its launch in 1992, Gérard Bertrand’s company has not only achieved a turnover of more than €100m, but has firmly established Languedoc as a producer of fine wines. He speaks with Robert Joseph in Meininger’s.

On Imbibe.com, Linda Johnson-Bell says it’s time we prioritize dry farming in the wine industry.

In VinePair, Vicki Denig offers an insider’s guide to Paris’s best natural wine bars.

Daily Wine News: A Greek Revolution

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 02-04-2019

Jancis Robinson findssantorini-428238_1280 great promise in Greek wines. “It may have been the unexpectedly sleek dry whites that first drew international attention to the modern Greek wine revolution…but now we can choose from some truly thrilling Greek reds.”

Liz Thach reflects on the U.S. wine industry in 2019: “Slowly but steady, and craving innovation.”

In SOMM Journal, Deborah Parker Wong explores New Mexico’s flourishing wine scene. “New Mexico has a 400-year history of winegrowing… But the recuperation of New Mexico’s wine industry began in earnest when Italian, German, and French viticulturists brought their expertise to the state in the 1980s.”

On his blog, W. Blake Gray talks about what millennials are telling the wine industry they want, and how the industry is ignoring them.

Australia and Italy have been at odds over whether the name Prosecco refers to a grape or a geographical indication. Now, the New Zealand market is getting involved. Jeni Port reports on the issue in Meininger’s.

In Wine-Searcher, Vicki Denig looks at the rise of pét-nat being produced in the U.S.

1WineDude Joe Roberts explores Idaho wine country: “despite 150+ years of winemaking history, this is a state whose first AVA (Snake River Valley) was recognized less than fifteen years ago…”

In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre offers some Valentine’s Day wine advice.

Daily Wine News: Wine Revolution

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 02-01-2019

wine-890371_1280BBC looks at how In Vino, the first specialist wine bar and shop to open in Amernia’s capital, Yerevan, has caused a “full-scale revolution” in the country. “The area caters to a new generation of drinkers, who prefer quality wines (domestic and imported), craft beers and spirits with traceable origins over the mass-produced vodka popularised during Soviet times – and a staple of more traditional haunts popular with the now-deposed political class. With the old regime disinterested, establishments such as In Vino became breeding grounds for progressive ideas.”

In Grape Collective, Christopher Barnes talks to Camillo Zulli of Cantina Orsogna about his organic winemaking principles and the beauty of Abruzzo’s native grapes.

Jim Gordon highlights the producers behind California’s Lake County volcanic wines in Wine Enthusiast.

Californian wineries are having to work harder to attract visitors, according to Liza B. Zimmerman in Meininger’s, who attends a conference where some customer acquisition strategies were outlined.

The California Wine Institute interviewed Elaine Chukan Brown about how California’s efforts around Sustainability compare to other such programs worldwide.

In Decanter, Jane Anson compares Margaux 2011 to Margaux 2012. (subscription req.)

In Sprudge Wine, Aaron Ayscough profiles Christopher Pacalet, vigneron at Château des Labourons in Beaujolais.

Ashley Hausman reports on Colorado’s growing natural wine scene in 5280.

Daily Wine News: Positivity & Acquisitions

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 01-31-2019

Renwood Winery tasting room.

Renwood Winery tasting room.

In Wine Spectator, Augustus Weed reports that Rombauer Vineyards has bought Renwood Winery in Amador County. “The sale includes the winery, a 20-acre estate vineyard planted mostly to Zinfandel, and a tasting room, but it does not include the Renwood brand. Rombauer will move production of its Zinfandel to the facility, which will reopen in April. The sale price was not disclosed.”

Robert Joseph is often asked why he’s not more positive when he writes about wine. He explains why it’s important to look on the dark side of life in Meininger’s.

“Hard seltzer – sparkling water with alcohol added – currently sells as much in the US as rosé wine, said Danny Brager, Nielsen vice president of client services. And hard seltzer didn’t even exist six years ago! But hard seltzer appeals to Millennials…” In Wine-Searcher, W. Blake Gray looks at how wine producers are working to seduce a younger generation.

In SevenFifty Daily, Bullion’s Andrew Schawel discusses his approach to selling Burgundy, Bordeaux, and Loire Valley wines to Texans.

“There has never been a better time to be a wine consumer in Minnesota,” says Bill Ward in the Star Tribune.

In Food & Wine, Kate Odell on terroir-driven Japanese beer.

In Forbes, Liza B. Zimmerman tracks wine trends in California wine country.

Daily Wine News: Confronting Climate Change in Tasmania

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 01-30-2019

Riversdale Estate Vineyard in Tasmania. (Flickr: Riversdale Estate)

Riversdale Estate Vineyard in Tasmania. (Flickr: Riversdale Estate)

Australia’s southern island of Tasmania is a cool climate region threatened by climate change. In Meininger’s, Jack Brogan reports on steps wine producers are taking to protect themselves.

In Wine Spectator, Yumi Tanabe, an educator and merchant who helped women break into Japan’s traditionally male wine industry, explains why winemaker has become the hot job for many young Japanese.

Rémy Charest delves into the science behind why some natural wines develop reductive notes in SevenFifty Daily.

“Wine offers sensory treats that cannabis cannot duplicate. Take my word for this, as I am a regular consumer of both. I like the cannabis buzz, but no amount of marketing bullshit makes cannabis taste good. It can taste “not bad,” but that’s hardly what you look for in a nice bottle of wine.” On his blog, W. Blake Gray ponders cannabis and wine.

In the World of Fine Wine, David Williams reviews Terry Theise’s book, What Makes a Wine Worth Drinking. “Theise’s intuition is that there are deeper truths available—that we’ll get a better idea of what makes us love wine, as well as a more accurate and honest portrayal of how we respond to it—if we pay closer attention to the kinds of things that many would regard as extraneous to the wine-tasting experience…”

In Wine-Searcher, Don Kavanagh reports on the International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration, recently held in Malborough.

In Vinous, Antonio Galloni learns about the art of the blend at the Napa Valley Reserve.

Simon Woolf explores the Lambruscos worth trying in Decanter. (subscription req.)

Daily Wine News: Reflect & Remember

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 01-29-2019

(Flickr: noviceromano)

(Flickr: noviceromano)

“Normally there aren’t huge surprises when I research, but this year, I came away with a cascading shock when I discovered the business wasn’t anywhere close to where I believed it was. And every bit of research since has continued to add to the realization that the industry isn’t only at a cross-roads, we stand a chance of losing the wine consumer altogether.” Rob McMillan reflects on the results of this year’s Silicon Valley Bank’s State of the Industry Report.

Chris Bilbro, founder of Sonoma’s Marietta Cellars and father to three winemakers, has died after battling cancer for several years, reports Wine Spectator. He was 72.

Communication is becomingly increasingly driven by images, not words, says Robert Joseph in Meininger’s, offering wine producers a new way to communicate what they do. “A picture really is worth a thousand words now that anyone can create and publish one within seconds using the phone in their pocket. And, for brand owners, that matters.”

In Wine Enthusiast, sommeliers from Peru, Chile, Colombia, Bolivia and Argentina talk about what makes their wine scenes unique.

In Grape Collective, Valerie Kathawala talks to Donkey and Goat’s Tracey Brandt about celebrating the winery’s 15th anniversary.

Neal Martin shares his notes on the Bordeaux 2016s in Vinous.

In Forbes, Tom Mullen looks at how the influence of Germanic culture still resonates in some wines in the Friuli region.

Daily Wine News: Tasting Room Evolution

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 01-28-2019

tastingroomIn Decanter, Elin McCoy explores the evolution of the tasting room. “In the past five years, the tasting room has morphed yet again, this time into elegant living rooms and slickly designed lounges with cozy seating, food pairing menus, sit-down guided tastings, idyllic vineyard views and the promise of an ‘experience’. Naturally the price to participate has gone way, way up.”

California state investigators have found PG&E blameless in the massive 2017 wine region wildfire, reports NPR. The fire was ignited by a private electrical system.

In SevenFifty Daily, Simone Madden-Grey talks with wine professionals in both Australia and the U.S. to find out which varieties are emerging and helping to tell the new story of Australian wine.

VICE News spent some time with Vincent Morrow, who was part of the group of master sommeliers who had their titles revoked after someone leaked test information, during the weeks leading up to his retest.

In Wine-Searcher, Courtney Schiessl discovers there really is a lot to like about Pouilly-Fumé, “Sancerre’s less talked-about sibling.”

Wine Enthusiast offers a guide to Australian wine by region and style.

Dave McIntyre on why the increasing retail availability of wine might not be such a good thing in the Washington Post.

Daily Wine News: Finding Balance

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 01-25-2019

Flickr, The Skinny Gourmande.

Flickr, The Skinny Gourmande.

In the New York Times, Eric Asimov and the tasting panel find balance in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. “Somewhere along the way, many Châteauneufs lost that rustic appeal. In the late 1990s, many producers began to pursue a lusher, glossier, more oaky style — just another modern, polished red, though denser and stronger than many, often at 15 to 16 percent alcohol… Yet with so many regions now finding a new balance, with a greater diversity of styles to please more tastes, I have wondered whether Châteauneuf producers, too, reconsidered their path.”

Rombauer Vineyards announced the purchase of the Renwood Winery facility in Amador County, according to WineBusiness.com.

In Wine Enthusiast, Paul Gregutt profiles a group of Oregon winemakers are using diverse clones, sustainable farming practices and more techniques to push the state’s viticulture to new levels.

Elsewhere in Wine Enthusiast, Kelsey Ogletree delves into the great ice wine tradition of the American Midwest.

James Lawrence explores the great white wines outside the world of Burgundy in Wine-Searcher.

Wine & Spirits Magazine talks to sommelier Peter Nelson of Puritan in Cambridge about no-sulfur list sections and navigating stereotypes.

In SevenFifty Daily, Julie H. Case reports on how social media stars are shaking up the wine market.

Daily Wine News: Shorter Wine Lists

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 01-24-2019

glass_glasses_restaurant_drink_wine_glass_wine_clear_liquid-989609.jpg!dIn Wine Enthusiast, Layla Schlack ponders the benefits of a short restaurant wine list. “If a big tome conveys gravitas and leather-bound luxury, a small printed list speaks to elegance, simplicity and ease. Instead of flipping through numerous pages of bottles before you even look at the menu, you can order wine at a glance and focus on your date, friends or family.”

On 3 Quarks Daily, Dwight Furrow explores the often-ignored collaborative, social dimension of winemaking. “Although the winemaker and her team contribute a great deal to the final product, wine is made in communities, communities that are part of traditions and situated within a context of a variety of actors who are influencing the final product, although that influence often happens under the radar and behind the scenes.”

In SevenFifty Daily, Courtney Schiessl profiles Austrian wine guru Monika Caha.

Aaron Ayscough heads into the vineyards of Alsace with Christian Binner in Sprudge Wine.

Tom Wark has some ideas about how to fix the problem with millennials and wine.

Jim Boyce investigates China’s reluctance to stop fake wine in Wine-Searcher.

In Forbes, Michelle Williams goes through the obstacles emerging wine regions must overcome.