Daily Wine News: A Fallen Emperor

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 05-23-2017

Robert_Parker“Robert M. Parker Jr. hasn’t exactly disappeared… Yet, his pervasive influence has receded — markedly… Like all empires, Parker’s turned out to be difficult to defend.” Douglas Hillstrom argues that the “emperor” has fallen. “The final words on Robert M. Parker are yet to be written, but it is not too early to look back and consider his legacy.”

Why doesn’t anyone want dark rosé? Jonathan Lipsmeyer theorizes. “It’s entirely possible that France has convinced the world that pale salmon is what rosé should be, given their market dominance.  Although even Provençal producers have had to render their own rosés paler to meet market demand.  Which begs the question: who’s driving, here?  The consumer or the producer?”

Victoria James explains her unabashed elation for rosé in an excerpt from her new book, Drink Pink: A Celebration of Rosé.

Robert Camuto talks to Burgundy’s David Duband about his winemaking journey in Wine Spectator.

David Morrison of the wine blog, The Wine Gourd, looks at the variation of grape varieties in Opus One through time.

Miquel Hudin has won the Drink Writer of the Year title at the annual Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards for his contributions to The World of Fine Wine and Jancisrobinson.com, reports the World of Fine Wine.

In Decanter, Andrew Jefford takes a closer look at the Languedoc’s Château Puech-Haut.

In the Washington Post, Jim Barnes profiles Mike Carroll, who opened the wine shop Leesburg Vintner in 1988.

Daily Wine News: Impact of Consultants

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 05-22-2017

Flickr: Ren Kuo

Flickr: Ren Kuo

In the Harvard Business Review, Jerome Barthelemy turns to the Bordeaux wine industry to look at the impact of hiring consultants and when doing so offers the most value. “My study found that wineries with low-quality terroir benefit more from the help of winemaking consultants than wineries with high-quality terroir.”

Jancis Robinson tastes through 2008 white Burgundies and shares her impressions. “In general I found myself wondering how some of the finest Chardonnays made outside Burgundy would have shown in this line-up.”

W. Blake Gray shares some facts that came from the Silicon Valley Bank’s annual Direct-to-Consumer Wine Sales Videocast in Wine-Searcher.

Sophie Barrett visits Arbois and shares a few notes from her trip, including how its vines fared after the frost.

Alfonso Cevola has a few opinions about the wine labels you’re posting on Instagram.

Sam Radford explores the arguments surrounding “international wines” in Grape Collective.

In the New York Times, Eric Asimov delves into vermouths.

In Decanter, Michael Edwards gets a taste of the newly released Bollinger Grande Année 2007.

VinePair finds the world’s oldest wine barrel, which still has wine inside it.

In Barron’s, Michael Kennedy, former sommelier at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, picks five wines for summer.

Daily Wine News: Another Jackson Family Purchase

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 05-19-2017

(Source: Brewer-Clifton Wines)

(Source: Brewer-Clifton Wines)

Wine Spectator has learned that Jackson Family Wines is acquiring Brewer-Clifton, one of Sta. Rita Hills’ top Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producers.

“Beaune has developed a small but growing Japanese expat community, at least 100 strong with another couple hundred living just north in Dijon—not just chefs but winemakers and negociants, all thriving.” In Saveur, Jon Bonné looks at how a Japanese wine community has taken root in the heart of Burgundy.

The Economist shares the results of the Oxford-Cambridge Varsity blind-tasting match. “Given the thousands of potential country-variety pairs, a monkey throwing darts would have virtually no hope of getting a single one right. But 47% of the Oxbridge tasters′ guesses on grape variety were correct, as were 37% on country of origin.”

In Decanter, Jane Anson highlights new Bordeaux wineries to watch.

Tim Atkin considers the future of South American wine. “The thing that really strikes you about the South American wine scene at the moment is the extent to which the best young producers speak the same language and are keen to taste each other’s wines.”

Kate Krader on the trend of breakfast wines and low-alcohol cocktails in Bloomberg.

In Wine Enthusiast, Bryce Wiatrak and Jim Gordon offer tips for traveling to Mendocino and Lake Counties.

In VinePair, Courtney Schiessl explains what “wine product” is and how it differs from wine.

Daily Wine News: Canned Wine Trend

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 05-18-2017

PUhi5t3Jm3mu8FqkDHGnpLAr2UEFrances Dinkelspiel looks at the rising sales of canned wine, and traces the trend’s origins in the Daily Beast. “While canned wine may be the hot thing to drink this summer, this trend actually stretches back to 2004, when Niebaum Coppola put its Sofia Blanc de Blancs in cans.”

“Hugel, whose opposition to the Alsace Grand Cru regulations has been unwavering since 1983, has finally relented, and is prepared to label its wines grand cru from the 2015 vintage,” reports Margaret Rand in Wine-Searcher.

In Punch, Jon Bonné explores the ambitious producers looking for greatness in Saint-Joseph syrah, and the trouble they face in crafting its identity.

Wines & Vines considers the potential of teroldego in California.

In Palate Press, Simon Woolf finds “rarer curiosities” in the wines of Dalmatia, a region in Croatia.

In Wine Spectator, Suzanne Mustacich reports on recent attacks on cheap Spanish wine by winegrowers in Southern France. “Violent protest by winemakers in the Languedoc is nothing new. It dates back a century. And for more than a decade now, a group called the Comité Régional d’Action Viticole (CRAV) has been attacking targets.”

Ian D’Agata is impressed with the 2016 vintage for Italian rosatos in Vinous.

Maximiliano Morales of AndesWines.com reports on floods in the Coquimbo region of northern Chile in Purple Pages.

Daily Wine News: Notes & Observations

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 05-17-2017

womanmanwineOn the blog for First Vine, Tom Natan reflects on 10 years of selling wine, noting the increase in first-time millennial customers in recent years. “What makes millennials different from my slightly older customers is that they’ll run through completely mixed cases of wine and I don’t see them ordering the same thing twice.”

In Wine Spectator, Matt Kramer says these three words must be present in a “great” wine: transformation, layered, persistence.

Jeremy Parzen offers a few thoughts on the importance of sparkling wine, and wonders why they are still misunderstood today.

Aleksandr Iugov was sentenced to four years in prison, with a minimum non-parole period of two years, for selling fake bottles of prestigious Burgundy estates, including of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Domaine Leroy, reports Wine-Searcher.

In Food & Wine, Mike Pomranz considers the effect of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act of 2017, a bill that could lead to higher-alcohol wines.

Mike Veseth, the wine economist, ponders the potential of sherry.

In GQ, Jeremy Repanich looks at comedian Eric Wareheim’s California wine project, Las Jaras Wines.

VinePair’s Vicki Denig talks to 10 sommeliers across the country about which wines are generally a safe bet to order on any list.

In Haute Living, Marika Vida-Arnold, wine director of the Ritz-Carlton New York and owner of Vida et Fils Wine Consulting, speaks about 2017 trends in wine and Champagne.


Daily Wine News: Reactions & Reports

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 05-16-2017

(Flickr: piker77)

(Flickr: piker77)

In the New York Times, Eric Asimov reacts to Bianca Bosker’s piece in the Opinion pages of the New York Times. “I would never fault people for the wines they choose to drink, or for not making good wine a priority in their lives. But if you do care about drinking good wine, then you ought to take serious issue with these arguments, as I do.”

In Decanter, Andrew Jefford wonders why big spring frosts are back, looking to global warming and climate change research for an answer.

Elsewhere in Decanter, Amanda Barnes reports on Chile’s 2017 harvest. “While the affect of smoke taint is still being measured by vintners around central and southern Chile, the character of the fruit this year is reflective of a warm and sunny vintage.”

In Purple Pages, Edgardo Del Pópolo offers a concise summary of the last 22 vintages in Mendoza.

David Schildknecht looks at the 2014 and 2015 Muscadet vintages and offers his thoughts about them in Vinous.

In Bloomberg, Elin McCoy covers this year’s rosé trends and recommends a handful of serious rosé wines.

In Punch, Zachary Sussman gets a look inside Union Square Café’s cellar, and looks at which wines define wine director Jason Wagner’s list.

Wine Enthusiast rounds up 10 Champagnes under $40.

Daily Wine News: Tracing Zin’s Past

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 05-15-2017

Zinfandel (Flickr: naotakem)

Zinfandel (Flickr: naotakem)

“Tribidrag, Pribidrag, Crljenak, Primitivo and Zinfandel are one and the same variety.” Jancis Robinson traces the history of the zinfandel grape. “…because the mystery of its origins persisted for so long, this grape is in the unusual position of going under several different names commercially, even within Croatia.”

In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre attends a tasting organized by eastern vintners, and is impressed by a sparkling wine from New Jersey, made by Heritage Vineyards.

Decanter on the new generation of winemakers taking the garganega grape to new heights in Soave.

In Wine-Searcher, W. Blake Gray looks at how tougher rules around immigrant labor could see a hike in wine prices in California wine country.

“Bordeaux estates are starting to price their 2016 wines for release to the international trade at a higher level than the 2015 vintage,” reports Guy Collins in Bloomberg.

Alfonso Cevola covers the last five vintages of Italian wine, from 2012-2016. “Never have we seen more great wine coming out of this land once called Oenotria… the last five vintages have bestowed a largess upon wine lovers almost to the point of excess.”

In Grape Collective, Christopher Barnes talks to Hardy Wallace about his label, Dirty and Rowdy, and his journey into wine.

Sales of rosé are higher than any other wines right now. Wines & Vines shares the details.

U.S. News looks at Wisconsin’s growing wine industry.

Daily Wine News: Burgundian Soul

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 05-12-2017

glassofroseIn Decanter, Jane Anson on Rosé de Riceys, a rosé with a Burgundian soul. “This is a rosé that you approach slowly, piecing together its history and its taste like a jigsaw. It’s little known even in France itself…”

In the World of Fine Wine, Alder Yarrow outlines what he looks for in a wine list, wine list trends he’s noticed, and what he looks for while judging on the panel for the World’s Best Wine Lists.

In Forbes, Susan H. Gordon looks at how Greek winemaker Vassilis Papagiannakos is experimenting with the grape Savatiano to make wines other than retsina.

Paula Forbes wonders if Texas wine will ever be able to make a name for itself in GQ.

Doug Frost, MS, MW talks about Ribera del Duero in Wine & Spirits Magazine.

The Fresno Bee reports that 125 workers were evacuated from the E.J. Gallo winery due to ammonia leak.

In Wine Spectator, Lexi Williams reports on the multiple studies that have found that wine may lower risk of dementia.

Ashley Ragovin, founder of the monthly wine club Pour This, offers a guide to enjoying wine in Life and Thyme.

Is glyphosate in vineyards dangerous? Wines & Vines investigates.

In the Sacremento Bee, Angela Hart looks at how California wine country is evolving into cannabis country.

Daily Wine News: All Eyes On Beaujolais

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 05-11-2017

A glass of Beaujolais. (Flickr: kohrogi34)

A glass of Beaujolais. (Flickr: kohrogi34)

In Wine Spectator, Robert Camuto talks to Beaujolais’ Mathieu Lapierre about what’s important—and natural—in wine. ““Today, Morgon is more of a gauge of quality than ‘natural,’” he says on a clear frozen winter’s day in the appellation’s gently rolling granitic hills. “It is too bad that many vignerons think the opposite.””

In Wine-Searcher, Lisa B. Zimmerman on how Beaujolais Crus are finding success in the U.S.—despite being in Burgundy’s shadow—and how sticking together to promote all of the Crus is a better avenue than trying to promote individual terroirs.

In Bloomberg, Mark Ellwood looks at how Changyu, China’s winemaking powerhouse, is building French-style chateaus and Italianate castles around the country—and an entire “Wine City”—to encourage the country’s passion for the grape.

GW Magazine, out of GWU, profiles sixth-generation winemaker Steven Mirassou. “Mr. Mirassou admits that it’s strange to see his name on a bottle of wine that he didn’t make and that he doesn’t endorse, except to say that it’s fine for the price. The wine Mr. Mirassou makes today starts at $65 and goes up to $165 for his flagship.”

In Decanter, Amanda Barnes offers updates on the Argentina 2017 vintage: small but promising,

Mike Veseth, the wine economist, questions the conventional wisdom about the Spanish wine industry: that it is an Old World wine country.

In Punch, Jon Bonné is impressed with the 2015 vintage for Austria’s grüner veltliner.

HelloFresh jumps on the wine delivery service bandwagon.

Daily Wine News: Beer For a Wine Crowd

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 05-10-2017

Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic Bio. (Flickr: Bernt Rostad)

Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic Bio. (Flickr: Bernt Rostad)

“Culturally, Cantillon shares more with the wine world than with the craft beer world, which heavily relies on adjuncts, laboratory yeasts and flat-brimmed hat bros to spread its message. Cantillon represents the opposite: European tradition, a sense of place and unmistakable provenance.” In Punch, Justin Kennedy on why the world’s most sought-after sour beers, Cantillon, has become a totem of beer greatness for today’s wine crowd.

Does Bordeaux deserve its reputation? Aaron Menenberg explores his answer to the question. “It’s interesting that my generation has not latched on to Bordeaux the way previous generations have because it comes at a time where a number of other regions from the around the world are, or already have, caught up to Bordeaux’s general level of quality without demanding the same prices.”

Decanter delves into the newly elected French president Emmanuel Macron’s knowledge of France’s wine heritage.

Elsewhere in Decanter, Jim Budd reports that the 2017 Loire vintage is in trouble after being hit by heavy frosts.

Jordan Vineyard & Winery announces the official launch of Jordan Cuvée, which is “100 percent produced by Champagne AR Lenoble.”

In Reuters, Andrei Khalip reports on how Portugal’s cork industry is making a comeback.

In the Sacramento Bee, Michael Dunne finds plenty to love in Paso Robles beyond cabernet.

In Wine Spectator, Bruce Sanderson talks to Patrizio Cencioni, president of the Consorzio Brunello di Montalcino about its 50th anniversary and how far Brunello has come since 1967.