Daily Wine News: 2002 Champagnes

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 12-05-2016

(Flickr: ajroder)

(Flickr: ajroder)

Jancis Robinson shares her thoughts on a recent blind tasting of 2002 prestige Champagnes. “The most amusing aspect of the tasting was the way it measured brand strength. Most of us had a clear idea of how each champagne should taste (even if we frequently got it wrong).”

In the Washington Post, tasting an Armenian wine reminds Dave McIntyre what he likes about Virginia wine. “My odd reflection on Armenia vs. Virginia helped me focus on another point we don’t usually dwell on. Terroir depends on us as consumers, because we have to recognize it.”

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley highlights this year’s West Coast winemakers to watch.

Antoine Malassagne reflects on 20 years as the winemaker at AR Lenoble, dosage, and on his very first vintage, 1996.

Frances Dinkelspiel got a look at the items of the Premier Cru office and warehouse were being offered for auction, and wonders if the Premier Cru sale could potentially help wine counterfeiters.

Lettie Teague jumps on the cru Beaujolais bandwagon in the Wall Street Journal.

In Salon, Justine Vanden Heuvel and Mary Jo Dudley look closely at how Trump’s deportation plan threatens America’s food and wine supply.

Andrea Frost ponders the aesthetics of wine on Tim Atkin’s website.

In Palate Press, Becky Sue Epstein surveys the scene of both sparkling whites and sparkling reds after taking a trip to Bologna.

Daily Wine News: Cult Bubbly Obsession

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 12-02-2016

Ultramarine wine label.

Ultramarine wine label.

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley on where you can find “the cult sparkling-wine obsession,” Ultramarine. “If you want to buy some wine from the winery, you’re out of luck; Cruse is completely sold out of the current vintage, 2012.”

“Anyone who buys a vineyard has to be a bit of a romantic.” In Wine Enthusiast, Rachel Von Sturmer reveals the hard truth about owning a vineyard.

Rachel Signer checks out LA’s wine scene in Munchies. “As I spent more time in LA—I was visiting from New York, where I live—I found myself on the orange wine trail… I also saw that orange wine was part of an overall revolution in LA’s wine culture.”

Right Price Wine asked 18 wine experts for their tips on how to give wine as a gift for any occasion.

Peter Zusman talks about how to become a wine rep, how much they can make and what it takes to be a success in Grape Collective.

In Decanter, Jane Anson reports on how Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot have risen to the summit of the world grape planting league in the past decade.

In Eater, Miriam Porter tells you everything you need to know about vegan wine.

The Wall Street Journal looks at how Britain’s wine production could be boosted by climate change.

In Forbes, Cathy Huyghe is also thinking about giving wine as gifts.

Daily Wine News: An $845 Wine Book

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 12-01-2016

The $845 wine book in question.

The $845 wine book in question.

In Bloomberg, Kate Krader on the new $845 limited-edition book that dealers can’t keep in stock, The Impossible Collection of Wine: The 100 Most Exceptional Vintages of the Twentieth Century.

On the blog for First Vine, Tom Natan talks with Mark Vogler and Gary Saperstein of Out in the Vineyard, and Mark Lyon — winemaker for Sebastiani Vineyards, as well as his own winery, Eco Terreno — about being an LGBT winemaker. “All three confirmed that winemaking as a profession is “98% straight,” as Lyon told me.  And some LGBT winemakers still aren’t out…”

In an interview with Wine Enthusiast, Kevin Zraly looks back on 40 years of Windows on the World Wine School. “The thing I’m proudest of is how it’s affected people… When I walk into a restaurant or a tasting, I always see someone I know.

In Bon Appétit, Marissa A. Ross explores what she believes to be the wine equivalents of comfort food: full-bodied reds.

In Decanter, Amanda Barnes speaks with UC Davis researchers about how the new full genome map of cabernet sauvignon can help winemakers battle a changing climate.

In Wine-Searcher, Adam Lechmere considers how climate change could help the UK’s wine industry.

Brian Freedman is looking to American sparkling wine this holiday season, and reports on the rise of American bubbly in Forbes.

In the Mercury News, Mary Orlin recommends new wine and drinks books to give as holiday gifts.

Daily Wine News: What Moldova Means

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 11-30-2016

The Purcari winery surrounded by its vineyards. (Wikimedia)

The Purcari winery surrounded by its vineyards. (Wikimedia)

In Roads & Kingdoms, Will Mawhood visits Pulcari winery in Moldova and reflects on the country’s politics and wine culture. “In Russia, in Ukraine, in Latvia, and Uzbekistan, Moldova means wine, and good wine…if the “east-directed parties” win the presidential election, it will be good for Moldovan wine but just for a few years. Russia will begin importing Moldovan wine again, and a lot of small wineries will see demand rise. But long-term, it will be a disaster…”

In the Chicago Tribune, Greg Trotter talks to Bill Terlato, president of The Terlato Wine Group, about the success of The Federalist brand (which is served at “Hamilton” productions) after losing its flagship Santa Margherita, which made up almost one-third of its business.

In VinePair, Bridget Huber talks to immigrant wine workers about how they feel about a Trump presidency and Trump’s pledge to build a wall.

Western Farm Press’ Harry Cline profiles Steve and Jill Klein Matthiasson and tells the story behind their unique wine dream fulfilled in Napa. ““Most winemakers know the fermentation process well, but it is less common to find those who know the plants — good winemakers are good vine people.”

In the Napa Valley Register, Tim Carl is enjoying Napa’s newfound interest in chenin blanc and appreciates the vintners preserving old-vine zinfandel vineyards.

Stephen Tanzer looks at the last several vintages in Washington and considers what the biggest challenge winemakers are faced with in Vinous.

Mike Veseth, the wine economist, explores the controversies brewing over the “Port” wine name.

Mike Dunne shares 10 things that surprised him about Idaho’s wine scene in the Sacramento Bee.

Daily Wine News: Northern Rhône Focus

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 11-29-2016

erraces of vineyards in the French wine region of Côte Rôtie in the northern Rhone Valley. (Wikimedia)

Terraces of vineyards in the French wine region of Côte Rôtie in the northern Rhone Valley. (Wikimedia)

Jancis Robinson ponders the greatness of the 2015 northern Rhône reds. “For Marcel Guigal’s son Philippe, who now holds the reins, there was ‘simply nothing to say’ about the 2015 growing season in the northern Rhône because it was just so perfect.”

In Wine & Spirits Magazine, Rajat Parr talks Côte Rôtie.

In VinePair, the use of the terms “female somms” and “female winemakers” infuriates Vicky Denig. “Why, in the 21st century, do we still feel the need to emphasize the fact that these professional industry workers doing their jobs — and doing them very well, at that — are female?”

In Decanter, Andrew Jefford remembers his visit to Donald Trump’s winery in Virginia, and considers boycotts old and new amid an unstable political climate across the so-called free world.

“Montsant and Priorat are Catalonian neighbors… But as the soils and microclimates of Montsant vary from their neighbor, the wines of Montsant are better understood without the reflex comparison.” In the New York Times, Eric Asimov offers notes on the most recent Wine School, Montsant, and announces what’s up next: Dolcetto.

In Wine-Searcher, Adam Lechmere talks with Andrew Weeber of the English sparkling winery, Gusborne about growing up in South Africa and how he got into the English wine business.

In Wine Enthusiast, Joe Czerwinski offers advice on buying old and rare bottles from a wine shop.

Christies features an “instant mini collection” vertical of Château Mouton Rothschild which is up to be auctioned on December 9.

Daily Wine News: Signature of Sassicaia

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 11-28-2016

Bottles of Sassicaia. (Wikimedia)

Bottles of Sassicaia. (Wikimedia)

In Decanter, Jane Anson tastes 44 vintages of Sassicaia in Rome, and reports on which are her favorites. “Sassicaia has the signature of a great wine in spades – the balance, the longevity, and the ability to change and evolve in the glass, giving something new each time you return.”

In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre looks at Philippe Bascaules’ next move: returning back to France to manage Château Margaux while continuing to direct winemaking at Inglenook in Napa Valley.

In Wine-Searcher, James Lawrence wonders if Africa can be the savior of the world’s wine producers. “Yes, the planet’s most troubled and yet beguiling continent could be the wine industry’s 21st Century answer to falling wine consumption in both Europe and emerging markets.”

Wine writer Mark Oldman talks about his favorite wine destinations around the world in the New York Times.

According to the Drinks Business, “East Anglian winery Flint Vineyard has revealed the first results of its study on the aromatics of the German white wine grape Bacchus, which suggest it is has less in common with Sauvignon Blanc than is often thought.”

In the Wall Street Journal, Lettie Teague shares strategies to help turn “narrow-minded wine lovers on to something new.”

Mike Dunne embraces wines from the Veneto in the Sacramento Bee.

In the Los Angeles Times, Patrick Comiskey recommends fall-friendly red wines.

Daily Wine News: Thanksgiving Wine

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 11-23-2016

Brown_Turkey“Sorry. I’m here to tell you that no single “unity” Thanksgiving wine exists.” In Bloomberg, Elin McCoy chimes in about pairing wine with Thanksgiving, and suggests five rules you “must (almost) always obey.”

In Edible Brooklyn, Eileen M. Duffy makes a case for drinking Georgian wine for Thanksgiving.

The Splendid Table talks to Jancis Robinson about pairing wines with Thanksgiving dinner.

Wine-Searcher reports about which wines people are searching for in the U.S. just before Thanksgiving.

“Sussex sparkling wine has climbed the next rung of the ladder to protected name status, but its application for EU-wide name rights may overrun the timeline set out for Brexit by the UK government,” reports Chris Mercer in Decanter.

In Wine Spectator, James Molesworth offers a harvest report on the 2016 vintage in the Rhône Valley: “France’s Northern and Southern Rhône Valleys share a river, but are very different otherwise. And 2016 delivered two different growing seasons for them.”

There may be wineries making great wines in unlikely places, but does anyone care? W. Blake Gray explores the answer in Wine-Searcher.

The Los Angeles Times looks into the world of wine-themed cruises, including one to… Alaska.

According to Harpers UK, the 2016 Rioja harvest has “proved exceptional in both quality and quantity.”

Daily Wine News will return on Monday, Nov. 28. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! Cheers! — Shelby

Daily Wine News: Lebanon, Weed & Wine

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 11-22-2016

Vineyard in Lebanon. (Source: Wines from Lebanon)

Vineyard in Lebanon. (Source: Wines from Lebanon)

In Decanter, Andrew Jefford looks at Lebanon’s white wines. “One of the handicaps faced by Lebanese wine producers is that the country no longer possesses the variety of indigenous varieties which, we must assume, made its wines so notable in Biblical times… Many Lebanese whites are blends of different varieties, often given an aromatic lift from Muscat: a help, but not salvation.”

Wines & Vines reports that California vineyards are losing labor to marijuana growers, who promise easier work for better pay.

Five wine farms in South Africa have been served non-compliance notices following the documentary Bitter Grapes, reports the Drinks Business.

After Stanko Radikon’s death, Wine Spectator’s Robert Camuto considers what the Friui winery’s future holds.

“Hospices de Beaune 2016 auction bidders have failed to reach the dizzying heights of 2015 but still drove the annual, Christie’s-hosted sale to its second highest total on record.” Panos Kakaviatos reports on the auction in Decanter.

Tom Mullen explains why he foresees a rise in popularity for Loire Valley wines in Forbes.

Wine & Spirits Magazine talks with David Speers about Côte des Blancs Champagne.

In VinePair, Laura Burgess drank weed wine and shares her thoughts on it.

According to Joe Czerwinksi in Wine Enthusiast, shiraz is back.

Daily Wine News: Sequencing Grapes

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 11-21-2016

Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in Napa. (Wikimedia)

Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in Napa. (Wikimedia)

Wine Spectator reports that scientists have sequenced the genome of Cabernet Sauvignon. “Cataloging the genetic makeup of various grape varieties will also help pinpoint genetic markers associated with specific flavors winemakers may want, healthy chemical compounds found in wine, resistance to vineyard pests and disease, and other desirable traits of a given variety.”

In Beverage Media, Jeffery Lindenmuth looks at the steps being taken to initiate crus in the Languedoc AOC. “Like any political wine system, the AOCs of Languedoc and its crus are imperfect… certain regions with superb producers fail to achieve cru status simply because of the existence of their large co-op neighbors.”

Christian Navarro considers the advantages of different wine bottle sizes in the Robb Report.

Wine Spectator talks with Erin Scala, wine director of Fleurie in Charlottesville, about the emotional ties of music and wine, and the rise of Virginia wines.

In the Chicago Tribune, Michael Austin shines a spotlight on Virginia wines.

In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre talks with David about his new book, But First, Champagne.

Alfonso Cevola discusses both American and Italian politics and the challenges they present for Italian wine.

In Wine-Searcher, James Lawrence discovers Rioja bodega Lopez de Heredia owes its origins to phylloxera.

In Palate Press, Simon Woolf pens a personal reflection on Stanko Radikon.

Daily Wine News: Meditation & Reflection

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 11-18-2016

(Source: RAW Wine)

(Source: RAW Wine)

Eric Asimov meditates on natural wine after attending RAW Wine in Brooklyn. “…the significance of natural wine has been its role as an insurgency, inspiring the public to think more about what goes into the wines it is drinking and, through commercial pressure, to force the mainstream wine industry to confront and modify its own practices.”

Alder Yarrow reflects on winegrowing in the wake of Trump, and how his presidency will impact the California wine industry and its workers.

Steve Heimoff offers his opinions on IPOB. “IPOB had an overall negative impact. It divided Pinot Noir people into two opposite, warring camps. IPOB’s tastings never made any sense… My biggest problem with IPOB was the way the mainstream wine media treated it so worshipfully, without questioning the process or the assumptions behind it.”

In Decanter, Jane Anson thinks Long Island wines deserve more recognition. “There’s no argument that the North Fork’s magic lies in feeling a world away from both New York and the Hamptons. But there are exciting wines here that deserve to be better known.”

In Grape Collective, Alexandra Kuderski talks to Mikołaj Tyc of the Srebrna Góra winery about the growing Polish wine industry and the Camaldolese Hermits from Cracow.

In the Wall Street Journal, Lettie Teague makes the case for sparkling wine at the Thanksgiving table.

In Wine-Searcher, Liza B. Zimmerman discovers white wine’s promise in the Douro Valley, the land of port.

W. Blake Gray investigates Champagne-related deaths, and finds that no one has every died from a Champagne cork.