Daily Wine News: World Heritage Status

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 07-06-2015

A crucifix along the road in the "Montagne de Reims" in Champagne. (Flickr: Vainsang)

A crucifix along the road in the “Montagne de Reims” in Champagne. (Flickr: Vainsang)

Champagne and a part of Burgundy have been granted “world heritage status” by the United Nations. The designation by UNESCO is accorded to cultural and natural sites deemed significant to world history and can be accompanied by funding for preservation.

After hearing about the UNESCO announcement, Alder Yarrow shares his thoughts on wine consumerism of brand vs. terroir.

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Carolyn Jung profiles Truvée Wines’ Andrea and Robin McBride, “two siblings who spent half a lifetime apart on different continents…until a shared love of wine reunited them.”

CNBC looks at how the Greek crisis is impacting wine exports. “Consumption of Greek wines is trending higher at home as pride builds during the crisis and people seek out local wines to drink.”

“There’s a reason that most wine is made from grapes,” says Claire Adamson about non-grape wine in Wine-Searcher. “When you go beyond the grape, you enter a strange and uncomfortable wine world.”

Jancis Robinson looks at how new-wave southern hemisphere wines from South Africa, Chile, Argentina, and Australia are faring in the U.S.

According to Andy Perdue in the Seattle Times, artisan producers are turning Spokane into a wine destination.

In VinePair, “7 Maps & Charts That Explain the Incredible Rise of Rosé in America.”

Jamie Goode wonders whether natural wine is a fad or here to stay.

Dave McIntyre thinks Château Pédesclaux is “the most underrated chateau in Bordeaux.”

Daily Wine News: Wild Weather Woes

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 07-03-2015

The next Wine School lesson (Flickr: Lazy_Artist)

Next up in Wine School… (Flickr: Lazy_Artist)

In the New York Times, Eric Asimov offers notes on the most recent Wine School, Cava, and announces what’s up for next month: Santorini Assyrtiko.

VinePair’s Adam Teeter and Joshua Malin believe millennials drink, and think, about wine differently than other generations do. Lettie Teague profiles the two men and their online wine magazine in the Wall Street Journal.

According to Decanter, “temperatures have soared across Europe this week, in a heatwave reminiscent of the prolonged hot summer of the 2003 vintage in French wine regions such as Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne.”

Wines & Vines reports that wild weather has many Northwest growers “on toes.”

In the Record, recommendations for all-American wine for your 4th of July festivities.

Eater chats with E.P. + L.P.’s GM/sommelier Kamden Watson about wines that pair with barbecue.

W. Blake Gray on why, for most people, the location of Pinot Noir vineyards doesn’t matter.

In the Napa Valley Register, Bob Ecker reports on the first Cal-China Wine Cultural Exchange (CCWCE), which “primarily focused on understanding the immense and emerging Chinese wine market from an import/export perspective.”

Wine Enthusiast’s maps out America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants.

Jameson Fink interviews Gaetana Jacono of Valle dell’Acate in Sicily who is straddling the traditional and the modern in Grape Collective.

Mashable’s Susan Shain thinks Georgia is the next big food and wine destination.

Daily Wine News: Charting Trends

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 07-02-2015

The newest method of gathering wine trends data. (Source: Delectable)

The newest method of gathering wine trends data. (Source: Delectable)

In the New York Times, Stephen Heyman reports that Delectable is releasing data collected from 1 million user submissions to show how wine drinking habits are changing among those who use the app.

Will Lyons profiles Bordeaux’s Château Pontet-Canet and highlights the winery’s biodynamic winemaking in the Wall Street Journal.

According to the Drinks Business, “twelve wines have been given “perfect” 100-point ratings in Robert Parker’s 10-year retrospective of the 2005 Bordeaux vintage.”

In Decanter, Jane Anson examines why there is so much resistance to new ideas when it comes to sweet wine, and talks to the “Mick Jagger of winemaking, Dr Ernst Loosen.”

Joel B. Payne ponders Jura’s future in Vinous. “The local authorities…see Chardonnay as the future of the appellation and are paying producers to rip out old vineyards planted with Poulsard and Trousseau and replace them with Burgundian clones.”

Almost 40 years after it was made, Cockburn’s 1977 Vintage Port is finally released, reports Adam Lechmere in Wine-Searcher.

In Eater, “How Brianne Day is Leading the Next Generation of Natural Oregon Winemakers.”

Jordan Michelman lists “7 Natural Wines You Need In Your Life Right Now” in Sprudge.

Mary Orlin suggest 5 great wine books for summer reading in the San Jose Mercury News.

Daily Wine News: Rise and Fall of Coravin

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 07-01-2015

(Flickr: bovinum)

(Flickr: bovinum)

Jamie Goode looks at the rise and fall of Coravin in the World of Fine Wine, and asks if swift action by its manufacturers has been enough to turn things around for a tool with the potential to transform the way fine wine is consumed.

In Forbes, Cathy Huyghe on Austria’s wine success, and how the country is able to earn more while producing less.

The head of the wine council for Beaujolais has revealed that the region is hoping to gain appellation status for its sparkling wines, although approval is expected to take around five years, reports Decanter.

In Wine Spectator, Google street view goes inside California wine country.

Mike Veseth, the wine economist, shares concerns for New Zealand wines and terroir’s importance in marketing them.

In the Sacramento Bee, Mike Dunne features California winemakers who are embracing Iberia’s albariño.

Miguel Torres Maczassek, the general manager of Spain’s most famous wine brand talks about Chile’s forgotten grape varieties, China and Lego in Wine-Searcher.

In Wine Enthusiast, “10 All-American Sparkling Wines Under $30” for July 4th.

In VinePair, Laura Burguess toasts “badass American wines” and the laws that make them possible.

Dave McIntyre explains why the American market is so important to Bordeaux winemakers in the Washington Post.

Daily Wine News: Vineyard Mapping

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 06-30-2015

A detailed vineyard map of Barolo (Source: Consorzio di Tutela Barolo Barbaresco Alba Langhe e Roero)

A detailed vineyard map of Barolo (Source: Consorzio di Tutela Barolo Barbaresco Alba Langhe e Roero)

“Burgundy, by comparison with Barolo and Barbaresco, is so simple to understand: one slope,” says Andrew Jefford in Decanter. “…but the majestically quilted Langhe in Piedmont is a grand puzzle. Is that why it now has some of the best vineyard mapping in the world?”

Tyler Colman notices Europe’s searing heatwave, and not just in Greece. Searing temperatures are expected in Burgundy, Bordeaux, Barolo, Brunello, Britain, and more.

Alder Yarrow gets a first taste of Idaho wine and finds that in most of the wines he sampled the dominant flavor was wood. “Having said all that, these wines from Idaho did show some redeeming features, namely that the climate certainly seems capable of producing wines with freshness and bright acidity, and that some people are trying for as much.”

Meg Maker features Cathy Corison and her wines. ‘“Every little thing in wine is small,” Cathy said, “but it adds up to something big.”’

In Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman believes Malbec is poised to become Washington’s next breakout grape.

Gavin Quinney of Château Bauduc sends a report on the 2015 vintage in Bordeaux so far to Jancis Robinson’s Purple Pages.

In San Francisco Weekly, “Cheers to San Francisco’s Emerging Wine Bar Trend & Tofino Wines.”

Tom Wark wonders if America’s small, “craft-oriented” wineries should rethink its position on adopting the term “craft wine”

Jonathan Lipsmeyer thinks Wine Geology 101 is a book that needs to be written.

English wine is to be served at Wimbledon this year for the first time reports Rebecca Smithers in the Guardian.

Daily Wine News: Meditations on Wine

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 06-29-2015

Cathy Corison (Corison Winery)

Cathy Corison (Corison Winery)

“More than anything, these wines are a meditation on the relationship between a woman, her vines, and the place she calls home. And what a statement it is.” Alder Yarrow shares his thoughts after tasting through 25 years of Corison Napa Cabernet.

In Lucky Peach, Patrick Comiskey looks at how winemakers are flirting with flaws to disrupt California’s greatest asset: fruit.

Aaron Ayscough of Not Drinking Poison in Paris visits Jean-Claude Lapalu in Beaujolais. “A born raconteur, he’s among the rare great vignerons whose verbal expressivity is a match for that of his wines.”

The discovery of the ocean as an ideal cellar has yielded a rash of new underwater-aged wines—but many of them are no different from their land-aged brethren. In Punch, Zachary Sussman on one very notable exception: Julie Benau’s Libero, a picpoul aged for six months in barrels submerged in an oyster bed.

In Decanter, Howard G. Goldberg offers the ultimate tour of the Finger Lakes, where you can find “arguably the best Riesling outside Europe are the drawcards of this exciting region.

A chemist from Chicago has created a disposable filter to remove the added sulfites from a bottle of wine, reports W. Blake Gray in Wine-Searcher.

Jancis Robinson explores how producers are experimenting with Savagnin Blanc in Australia and how Jura wines have become the height of fashion with certain wine trendsetters.

Stephen Tanzer does a horizontal tasting of Napa Valley’s 2004 Cabernets in Vinous.

In Business Insider, “5 rosés for serious wine drinkers.”

Daily Wine News: The Wine Snob

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 06-26-2015

(Flickr: pedrosimoes7)

(Flickr: pedrosimoes7)

On the blog for First Vine, Tom Natan comments on the recent debates over wine snobbery. “I don’t think you should lord your taste (good or bad) or expertise over anyone. At the same time, though, why is it OK to disparage people who happen to enjoy more expensive wines or who bother to learn more about a subject they enjoy?”

In the New York Times, Eric Asimov’s tips on how to make an outdoor glass of wine as enjoyable as possible.

Will Lyons ponders whether Australian wine can rule again and features the wines of Brian Croser, owner of the Tapanappa winery, in the Wall Street Journal.

Joe Roberts, 1WineDude, wants to know why we’re still debating the merits of the 100 point scale and whether or not traditional wine criticism influence is waning.

Tyler Colman explains why you don’t find winery restaurants in the U.S. Surprise, surprise — it’s all thanks to Prohibition.

“More” was the theme Wine Spectator’s James Laube took away from this year’s VinExpo. “The next decade and more promise to provide American wine drinkers, already the most curious and well-financed of consumers, with even more and better wines competing for their attention.”

W. Blake Gray finds that the book Vermouth by Adam Ford is not as tasty as Vermouth the wine.

In the Daily Meal, “Why the Texas Wine Industry Is Set to Become a Major Player.”

Bordeaux’s criminal court found all 15 men involved in robbing 18 wineries and négoiants in Bordeax in 2013 guilty, reports Wine Spectator.

Decanter shares an excerpt about monasteries and Clos de Vougeot in the 12th century from Oz Clarke’s new book, The History of Wine in 100 Bottles.

In Forbes, Katie Kelly Bell offers an updated guide to the best wine clubs.

Daily Wine News: Parker’s Regrets

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 06-25-2015

Le clos Vougeot vineyard in Côte-d’Or, Burgundy (Wikimedia)

Clos de Vougeot in Burgundy. (Wikimedia)

“Sure there are always regrets, and I think the biggest mistake was when I was younger and doing Burgundy that I was too belligerent and aggressive with the Burgundians; I stepped on too many toes,” Robert Parker told the Drinks Business. “I spilled too much blood and left.”

The Jura has become the darling of the wine world for its outsider status and rustic sous voile wines. But what of the more conventional ouillé style being adopted by some of the region’s most influential producers? In Punch, Jon Bonné on why they may be its future.

How high are wine taxes in your state? Find out on the Tax Foundation’s blog.

In Decanter, Long Meadow Ranch’s chief executive and president says, “Anderson Valley is the ideal location to produce premium, Burgundian varietal wines.”

Elin McCoy goes to VinExpo 2014 and shares her favorite new projects in Bloomberg.

In Palate Press, Evan Dawson catches up with Kerin O’Keefe about her latest book, Barolo and Barbaresco: The King and Queen of Italian Wine.

The official sommelier for Qatar Airways, James Cluer, shares what his job entails in Travel + Leisure.

It’s the end of the road for Mateus’ iconic green bottle reports Nigel Huddleston in Harpers.

Grape Collective interviews Alfredo Ruiz of Chateau Fonchereau, the only Mexican owned chateau in Bordeax.

Spanish winemaker Alvaro Palacios talks about mad monks, bullfighting, and why there are no New World fine wines in Wine-Searcher.

Daily Wine News: The Pricing Paradox

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 06-24-2015


A $1,500 or $4,600 bottle?

“Why is 1996 Château Lafite Rothschild $1,500 at Tribeca Grill, but $4,600 at La Grenouille?” Steve Cuozzo delves into the real reasons the same bottle of wine can come with different price tags at restaurants in the New York Post.

W. Blake Gray says rosé is “now the official drink of entitled assholes.”

Josh Raynolds reports on Chile’s new releases in Vinous. “Chile continues to face the daunting challenge of being taken seriously as a source of world-class wines—rather than just a reliable fount of inexpensive and even commodity-level bottles.”

In the Sacramento Bee, Mike Dunne finds potential in Idaho wines. “Idaho really does have a sprouting wine trade, and its epicenter is the state’s Snake River Valley, a mere 10-hour drive from Sacramento.”

Mike Veseth, aka the Wine Economist, continue the discussion about natural cork vs alternative wine closures.

“Chilean producer Santa Carolina has launched an “icon” wine with a difference, modelling it on the style of wine made by the brand in the 1950s,” reports the Drinks Business.

In Decanter, Tina Gellie thinks Valpolicella needs an image change.

Wine Enthusiast lists “The Top 20 Wine Bars in America.”

Jancis Robinson on how Malbec got to Argentina via Chile.

Daily Wine News: Books, New and Old

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 06-23-2015

Inside Wines of Gala (Source: Amazon)

Inside Wines of Gala (Source: Amazon)

In Punch, Regan Hofmann discovers Salvador Dalí’s mostly forgotten wine book, Wines of Gala (1977), and comments on its revolutionary way of thinking about wine, and why it’s never been more relevant.

Aurelio Montes Jr. of Kaiken in Argentina claims that biodynamic viticulture makes you “more human” in the Drinks Business.

W. Blake Gray provides an update on Idaho wines. “There’s little inherent reason the wines here can’t be as good as those across the state line in Washington.”

Champagne sales grew almost 5 percent in the U.S. in 2014, reports Wine-Searcher. “Veuve Clicquot accounted for more than half of the extra 50,000 cases sold to the U.S.,” overtaking Moët & Chandon as the top Champagne in the U.S.

According to Wine Spectator, Napa Valley’s Long Meadow Ranch is investing in Anderson Valley. Long Meadow Ranch purchased “145 acres of land from the Corby family. The deal is reported to be one of the region’s largest viticultural land purchases in the past decade.”

Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine (published by Avery Books) is available on presale now.

As new research suggests yet another health benefit linked to red wine, Saffron Alexander weigh up the positives and negatives in the Telegraph.

Ron Washam’s (aka the satirist, The HoseMaster of Wine) “blind book review” of Matt Kramer’s new book, True Taste: The Seven Essential Wine Words.

In Grape Collective, “Nine Rosés To Buy Now and Drink Tonight.”