Daily Wine News: Francophilia

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 10-02-2015

(Flickr: geraldineadams)

(Flickr: geraldineadams)

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

Elsewhere in the New York Times, Beaune in Burgundy seduces Robert Draper. “You cannot really escape the abiding specter of the region’s chief agricultural product while in Beaune, and I’m not sure why anyone would want to.”

Caroline Henry reports on the 2015 Champagne harvest in Palate Press. “The hot summer boosted the ripeness levels, and in the end brought forward the harvest dates by a few weeks, especially in the Côtes des Bar section of the southernmost Aube area.”

“It looks like the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University will offer an Executive Wine MBA at the Upper Valley campus of Napa Valley College in St. Helena starting next April,” reports Wines & Vines.

Panos Kakaviatos realizes “that “objective” evaluations of wine are often a crock of shit. One man’s “precision” and “elegance” is another’s lack of ripeness and a hard finish. And each person is absolutely sure of his conviction, so much so that the other side must have a bad sense of taste.

In the Wall Street Journal, Elizabeth G. Dunn spends a weekend away in Southern England’s wine country on a quick sparkling wine tasting trip.

Lauren Owens discovers Poland’s wine industry is growing. “Presently the number of legally registered wineries is just 78, making it a niche, but it’s over 50% more than last year’s number.”

In the Guardian, Fiona Beckett recommends wines to drink with game.

Justin Kennedy delves into the rise of pét-nat in Bloomberg Business.

Daily Wine News: Jura’s Hipness

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 10-01-2015

Vineyards in the Jura region of France. (Wikimedia)

Vineyards in the Jura region of France. (Wikimedia)

Over the last decade, the Jura has emerged as an impossibly hip antihero for a new era of wine consumption. But how much of the region’s accepted narrative is actually true, and how much of it have we created by our blind adoration? In Punch, Jon Bonné separates fact from fiction.

Coravin has launched a second-generation model being positioned for household use, reports Ben O’Donnell in Wine Spectator.

Jane Anson tastes Bordeaux 1975 wines and offers a look at “how classic old school Bordeaux can age” in Decanter.

In Wine & Spirits Magazine, Joshua Greene reports on the 2014 Côte de Nuits wines from the cellars of Louis-Michel Liger-Belair, Christophe Roumier and Ghislaine Barthod.

Winemakers in Bordeaux are “on the warpath” because of the decision of the French government to approve the controversial high-speed rail line connecting the region with Toulouse and Dax, says Neal Baker in the Drinks business.

According to Wine-Searcher, federal appeals court has upheld billionaire Bill Koch’s claim for compensation from entrepreneur Eric Greenberg over the sale of 24 bottles of fake Bordeaux at a 2005 auction by Zachys Wine Auctions.

Wine Enthusiast rounds up “America’s Best Value Pinot Noirs

In NPR, Alicia Cypress reviews Cathy Huyghe’s new book, Hungry for Wine: Seeing the World Through A Glass of Wine.

Daily Wine News: Champagne in Prison

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 09-30-2015

Napoléon Bonaparte. (Wikimedia)

Napoléon Bonaparte. (Wikimedia)

Hundreds of Beaujolais winemakers have marched through the streets of Villefranche-sur-Saône to call for higher prices for Beaujolais Nouveau, reports Yohan Castaing in Decanter.

Napoleon Bonaparte’s enemies sought to make prison more of an ordeal by rationing him to just one (!!!) bottle of Champagne daily.

Obama and Putin locked eyes over a glass of rosé, and the Internet obviously held a caption contest.

In Le Pan Magazine, Adam Lechmere looks at what the new additions to The Oxford Companion to Wine signals. “Even with Google, Wikipedia and myriad different sources online, the Companion remains the reference of choice for wine lovers; its 4,000 entries are authoritative, comprehensive and elegant.”

“Virginia wineries sold a record 6.3 million bottles of wine over the past year…according to state figures released Tuesday,” reports Laura Vozzella in the Washington Post. “Wine sales were up by about 108,000 bottles, an increase of about 2 percent in a maturing but still growing industry.”

Former owner of J Vineyards, Judy Jordan, has purchased two vineyards in Oregon’s Willamette Valley and one in Napa Valley for a new project called Capra Company, reports Wine Spectator.

Wine globalization is set to continue, says Kym Anderson.

Elin McCoy explains what California’s wildfires means for the 2015 wine harvest in Bloomberg Business.

Daily Wine News: Sherry En Rama

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 09-29-2015

Tio Pepe En Rama 2015 being taken from the task. (Source: Tio Pepe)

Tio Pepe En Rama 2015 being taken from the task. (Source: Tio Pepe)

In Wine & Spirits Magazine, Patricio Tapia explores Jerez Sherry en rama. “Today, bottling Sherry en rama—with minimal filtration—is a trend. Here in Jerez, however, it’s often just how it comes…the wine, poured into thick glasses, is somewhat cloudy, and darker than a Fino you might find in a wine store, but feels fresh and delicious, with an intensely fruity flavor.”

In the Telegraph, Henry Samuel reports that a Bordeaux village inside Sauternes appellation is grappling with cancer rates five times the national average, with a possible link to vineyard spraying.

The Drinks Business with some ridiculous news: “Burger King has released its own red wine brand, Whopper Wine, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the opening of Burger King’s first branch in Spain.”

“Virginia’s Cabs and Chardonnays aren’t household names—but they should be,” says Ted Loos in Travel + Leisure.

Andrew Jefford looks back at the harvest at Raventos i Blanc, and meeting ‘Cava rebel’ Pepe Raventos in Decanter.

Jancis Robinson questions whether Shiraz or Syrah is better.

In Grape Collective, Dorothy Gaiter visits Burntshirt Vineyards in North Carolina, whose Grüner Veltliner wine has won several awards.

In Punch, “Five Fall-Ready White Wines Under $25.”

Daily Wine News: California Prices

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 09-28-2015

Bottle of St.-Joseph wine. (Wikimedia)

Bottle of St.-Joseph wine. (Wikimedia)

“Ask professional wine buyers outside the state what their main holdup with California is, and taste is not the issue. Today, price is the sticking point.” Jon Bonné shares his opinion about whether California wine prices are too high in the San Francisco Chronicle.

In the New York Times, Eric Asimov is “grateful for the existence of St. Joseph,” and finds joy in wines that “capture the essence of St.-Joseph, a firm core of minerality wrapped in savory, peppery flavors of smoked meats, olives and herbs, with grace notes of violets and red and black fruits.”

According to Jane Anson in Decanter, “Olivier Bernard, owner of Domaine de Chevalier and Domaine de la Solitude in Pessac Léognan, is to vinify the oldest vine(s) growing in the Bordeaux region for the first time, with the 2015 harvest.”

Alder Yarrow calls the first vintage of Lodi Native Zinfandel wines “a revelation.”

In Vinous, Joel Payne shares the first part of his Austria 2013 vintage report.

Michelle Locke explores “The Quixote Quest of Carlos Falcó” in Palate Press.

In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre catches up with Virginia winemakers to discuss the 2015 vintage.

Grape Collective chats with “The King of Value,” Daniel Pi of Trapiche in Mendoza, Argentina.

Daily Wine News: A Slow Extinction

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 09-25-2015

The coast in Colares, Portugal. (Flickr: TevesCosta)

The coast in Colares, Portugal. (Flickr: TevesCosta)

The ancient wine region of Colares is fast succumbing to development and decay, even as the world has started to rediscover it. In Punch, Zachary Sussman on what the slow extinction of some of the world’s most compelling wines can teach us about how little we know.

In Decanter, Jane Anson sees the vineyards at the Bardenas national park in northwest Spain, where Bordeaux varieties are growing in desert conditions.

Small genetic differences in a single species of yeast produce distinct mixes of chemicals that contribute to terroir, says Smithsonian, commenting on a newly published scientific report that provides evidence for a microbial aspect to terroir.

The epicenter of last week’s earthquake in Chile was in the wine-producing region of Coquimbo. In the Village Voice, Lauren Mowery encourages you to drink Chilean wine from one of the affected valleys.

In VinePair, an excerpt about one of the largest cases of wine fraud in American history from Frances Dinkelspiel’s book Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California.

The Drinks Business profiles Marc and Elodie Milhade, the pair of young winemakers in Bordeaux putting their faith in Carmenère, bringing the variety, which has all but disappeared in France, back to its birthplace.

James Lawrence shares “The World’s 5 Weirdest Wine Tours” in Le Pan Magazine.

“What matters more, producer or vintage?” In the Wall Street Journal, Lettie Teague attempts to find good wines in bad vintages.

Daily Wine News: Shifting Terroir

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 09-24-2015

Vineyards in Taurasi (Source: Campania Wines)

Vineyards in Taurasi (Source: Campania Wines)

Ian D’Agata offers his thoughts on Campania’s wines in Vinous. “Truly bad wines from Campania are rare, and that is something I cannot say about other Italian regions such as Puglia or Abruzzo.”

During his two-day visit to New York, the Pope will enjoy wines from New York’s celebrated Finger Lakes region, courtesy of O-Neh-Da Vineyard.

Liza B. Zimmerman on Walla Walla’s shifting terroir in SOMM Journal.

Jonathan Lipsmeyer discovers which grapes are allowed in Bourgogne Rouge — and it’s not just Pinot Noir.

With both wine o’clock and beer o’clock being accepted by the Oxford Dictionaries Online last month, Regan Hofmann takes a look at how our official drinking lingo has evolved over the last decade in Punch.

Wines & Vines looks at weed’s effect on wine sales.

In Eater, “A Guide to New York’s Natural Wine Bars & Neo-Bistros.”

According to Smithsonian, Crimean officials are suing Putin for drinking a 240-year-old bottle of wine.

In Imbibe Magazine, Andy Chabot, wine director at Blackberry Farm, has a few fall wine tips to offer.

1WineDude Joe Roberts comments on “Pennsylvania’s Latest Attempt to Alienate Its Wine Lovers.”

In Wine Spectator, Tim Fish tastes a vertical of Napa’s Schramsberg Vineyards back to 1965.

Daily Wine News: Wine at Starbucks

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 09-23-2015

A look at Starbucks' new evenings program. (Source: Starbucks)

A look at Starbucks’ new evenings program. (Source: Starbucks)

Elin McCoy tastes all the wines at Starbucks’ new evenings program and offers her thoughts in Bloomberg Business. “A chalkboard behind the bar announces the day’s featured wine-and-food pairing—Malbec with truffle mac and cheese. (Which, I discover, is a terrible combo.)”

In Le Pan Magazine, Alain Julien on Champagne’s forgotten varieties, and how rising temperatures could cause them to thrive.

In Decanter, Jane Anson reports on the 2015 Bordeaux red harvest.

Tim Hall offers a report of 2015 in Champagne in Jancis Robinson’s Purple Pages.

In the Sacramento Bee, Mike Dunne profiles George Radanovich, who served in Congress from 1995-2011, and is now making wine for his “1000 Vines” label in Mariposa.

“Bill Leigon, president of Jamieson Ranch Vineyards since February 2013, purchased the Napa Valley wine brand from Colorado-based investment company Madison Vineyard Holdings,” reports Wines & Vines.

In Eater, Levi Dalton on “Unicorn Wine,” a new category of wine taking hold in Manhattan—the once in a lifetime bottles that every sommelier dreams of drinking, and bragging about, before they die.

In Food & Wine, Ray Isle talks with William Shatner about his new wine show, Brown Bag Wine Tasting.

Zach Geballe reviews Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine in Seattle Weekly.

“Legacy of Jackass Hill” takes top prize in 2015 Wine Spectator Video Contest.

Daily Wine News: Bet on Burgundy

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 09-22-2015

Vineyard in Burgundy (Source: Wikimedia)

Vineyard in Burgundy. (Source: Wikimedia)

Andrew Jefford reports on the 2015 wine harvest from Burgundy in Decanter. “Burgundians are by nature a modest lot, and resist the extravagant early claims to which Bordeaux is prone, but let’s say that it is at least possible than the 2015 vintage in the Côte d’Or will be a very great one. Start saving now.”

In Wine Spectator, Robert Camuto visits Tuscan legend Paolo De Marchi, who has studied everything from Sangiovese genetics to hornet guts in hopes of understanding Chianti.

Is this a good time to buy Bordeaux?” asks Adam Lechmere in Le Pan Magazine.

In Palate Press, W. Blake Gray explores Portugal’s Tejo region, which changed its name from “Ribatejo” in 2010.

VinePair catches up with Jancis Robinson about wine apps, scores, and her newly released 4th edition of The Oxford Companion to Wine.

In the Oregonian, Dana Tims profiles Jimmy Leyden, the 94-year-old winemaker of Courting Hill Vineyards in Oregon.

Tyler Colman comments on Playboy’s video, in which sommelier Patrick Cappiello tastes boxed wines. “While it makes for a good segment, I wish that P. Cap had used his place of power and influence to praise the format itself.”

After being touted as perhaps the best first growth on the strength of its points and prices two years ago, is Haut-Brion finally moving into the limelight? Rupert Miller investigates in the Drinks Business.

In the World of Fine Wine, Frank Ward considers the affinities between wine and music, and suggests wines to pair with the seven symphonies of David Matthews.

In Condé Nast Traveler, Krisanne Fordham reviews airline wine lists.

Daily Wine News: A Rosé That Lasts

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 09-21-2015

“There aren’t many wine names as resonant as Domaine Tempier Bandol…”

Jancis Robinson features the wines of Domaine Tempier Bandol. “Tempier’s garrigue-scented pink wine is so popular that it runs out long before the next vintage is available, and yet it is one of the world’s few rosés seriously worth ageing – for decades in some cases.”

“Noël Verset, whose perseverance laboring in the steep, granite vineyards of Cornas, in the Rhône Valley of France, helped the Cornas appellation survive to be discovered by a new generation of wine lovers, died on Sept. 11 in Guilherand-Granges, France. He was 95.” In the New York Times, Eric Asimov writes an obituary.

In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre reviews two new wine books: the 4th edition of Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine and Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine by Madeline Puckette and Justin Hammack.

Panos Kakaviatos reports on the Burgundy 2015 vintage in Decanter, and for wine-chronicles.

Could California’s wine country be the world’s next great truffle region? Rachel Signer investigates in Eater.

Wines & Vines reports on the first WineJobs summit, which explored trends in winery human relations, hiring and compensation.

W. Blake Gray profiles Mike Grgich, who just turned 92, in Le Pan Magazine.

Lettie Teague profiles wine-label designer Nadira Vlaun in the Wall Street Journal.

In the Sacramento Bee, Chris Macias looks at how California’s wildfires have impacted local wine operations.

In VICE’s food blog, Munchies, “How Uber Is Changing the Way Drunk People Take Wine Tours.”