As part of his search for the best wine co-op in France, Decanter’s Andrew Jefford takes a look at Alsaces’s wine-cooperative scene. “Why, though, are co-operative standards in Alsace high? Competition drives up quality, of course; if one or two achieve outstanding results, others are forced to compete… Less obvious, perhaps, is…the fact that everyone in Alsace must produce appellation wine is in itself an impetus to quality.”
In the Guardian, David Williams believes Grenache is too often undervalued. “Grenache’s reputation has also suffered more than most at the hands of incautious winemakers…When it’s good though, it certainly deserves a place at the top table – indeed, over the past decade, it’s made more strides than any other grape variety…”
W. Blake Gray wants to know why producers still call wines “Meritage.”
On RobertParker.com, R.H. Drexel tells the story of L.A. Lepiane Wines, launched by winemaker and surfer Allison Thompson.
Château Lafite’s price premium over its fellow first growths continues to shrink, reports the Drinks Business. “The premium now is just 24.6%, having slipped from 44% in 2014 and down to 35% in 2015.”
Lower 2016 Champagne sales are being blamed on Brexit, says Caroline Henry in Decanter.
In Wine Spectator, Matt Kramer makes his picks for today’s top wine regions for value.
The Wine Enthusiast staff survey the canned wine scene and recommend those worth trying.