Daily Wine News: The City of Wine

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 05-27-2016

La Cité du Vin in Bordeaux.

La Cité du Vin in Bordeaux.

La Cité du Vin (City of Wine), a new wine museum in Bordeaux, opens next week to the public. The Telegraph gets a preview of what’s inside. Ray Isle also gets behind-the-scenes in Food & Wine.

“Czech authorities have discovered a 150-year-old wine collection secretly stashed in a medieval Czech monastery after the second world war and found almost 40 years later is now worth more than €1.1m,” according to the Guardian. The wines, including an 1896 and 1899 Chateau d’Yquem sat undiscovered beneath the floorboards of the monastery for years.

“The organization behind Auction Napa Valley partners with Christie’s auction house to bring its Premiere Napa Valley sale to China for the first time,” reports Wine Spectator.

In the New York Times, Eric Asimov offers his thoughts on the latest wine school, Barberas from Piedmont. Naturally, rosé from Provence is up next.

The World of Fine Wine profiles Georg and Julia Weber, owners of Monteverro in Italy.

Reuters reports on how Chinese consumers are helping support the South African wine industry.

In the Wall Street Journal, Lettie Teague visits TurnStyle, the new underground shopping plaza between 57th to 59th streets in the Columbus Circle subway station that features New York’s only wine shop in a subway station.

In the Napa Valley Register, Allen Balik ponders the idea of demystifying wine.

Cathy Huyghe covers Colorado’s wine scene in Forbes.

Daily Wine News: Donn Chappellet

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 05-26-2016

Donn Chappellet (Source: Chappellet)

Donn Chappellet (Source: Chappellet)

In Punch, Jon Bonné reflects on IPOB’s brief history and wonders whether IPOB achieved its goals. “Its work was important, for sure—where California pinot and chardonnay are concerned, it’s a very different world than it was five years ago—but the constant bickering over style has become tiresome.”

In Vinous, Antonio Galloni remembers Donn Chappellet, “one of Napa Valley’s true pioneers,” who passed away on May 22 at the age of 84.

In the New York Times, William Grimes’s obituary of Donn Chappellet.

In Decanter, Jane Anson considers some of the ways Spanish red wine can take the next step up.

Mike Veseth, the wine economist, thinks that Portugal’s Adega de Borba is “the very model of a modern cooperative winery.”

On the blog for First Vine, Tom Natan talks to cookbook author Pati Jinich about Mexican food and wine, and rises to the challenge of pairing wine with one of her recipes.

In Wine-Searcher, Wink Lorch gets geeky about the importance of rare grapes.

Eater surveys several somms to find out which countries is offering the best value in wine.

In Food & Wine, Henry Jeffreys looks at Spanish reds beyond Tempranillo.

And in case you missed it, David was on NPR to talk about the Judgment of Paris!

Daily Wine News: Tribes of Wine Buyers

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 05-25-2016

Randall Grahm.

Randall Grahm.

Harpers details a recent report released by the W2O Group that uncovered “five distinct tribes of wine buyers,” and also social media’s impact on wine buying.

“If the map of the world’s wine consumers has changed radically over the last few decades, the map of the world’s vineyards has changed even more radically and more recently,” says Jancis Robinson in a consideration of the changing shape of the wine world and climate change’s impact on it.

In Food & Wine, Ray Isle chats with Randall Grahm about his “weird, different, crazy” vision and the new Popelouchum vineyard.

Returning from a brief hiatus from blogging, Jonathan Lipsmeyer finds Napa’s Golden Age is alive in Spring Mountain, where he was happily surprised to discover Smith-Madrone and Stony Hill are proponents of dry farming despite California’s current drought.

Late last week, Sotheby’s New York auctioned off 20,000 bottles from the cellar of billionaire collector Bill Koch. According to Wine Spectator, the consignment fetched a staggering $21.9 million, topping the presale high estimate of $15 million by 46 percent and making it one of the highest ever achieved by a wine auction.

Headed to this year’s Auction Napa Valley? In Bloomberg, Elin McCoy has some advice: “Be sure to bring a very, very fat wallet.”

“April showers hit the Chile 2016 vintage, with some producers describing conditions as more like those on France’s Atlantic coast and overall production down by a fifth versus 2015,” reports Amanda Barnes in Decanter.

In the Chicago Tribune, Michael Austin surveys the dry furmint scene.

Daily Wine News: An End to IPOB

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 05-24-2016

IPOB-LogoIn Pursuit of Balance (IPOB) will cease operations at the end of 2016. Esther Mobley reports details in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Elsewhere in the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley says what we’re all thinking (or, maybe it’s just me): “I’m getting Judgment of Paris fatigue.” Still, she takes the opportunity to discuss why it really matters, and also why it doesn’t. “Not only an affirmation of Napa, it also helped shift the paradigm by which we judge wine quality.”

Over at the Washington Post, Tom Acitelli is also thinking about the Judgment of Paris and what helped make American wine “a true global phenomenon.”

Susan H. Gordon takes a global look at the natural wine movement in Eater.

In Wine Spectator, Robert Camuto visits J. Hofstätter in Alto Adige and is impressed by the “elite wines” made by Martin Foradori, “a gifted interpreter of the vineyards.”

In Decanter, Andrew Jefford delves back three decades to find out if Châteauneuf du Pape both needs and merits age.

The Decanter staff also puts on a tasting of California Chardonnay to assess how styles are — and aren’t — shifting away from oaky, burly wines. “If there is a move in California to more balanced, elegant wines, it certainly hasn’t reached Napa.”

Can cava shake off its bargain image? In Wine-Searcher, James Lawrence thinks so, but not without a struggle.

Daily Wine News: Aglianico & Auctions

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 05-23-2016

Aglianico (Flickr: Vineyard Adventures)

Aglianico (Flickr: Vineyard Adventures)

“It’s not a good time to be an Aglianico. But it’s a great time for the collector,” says Alfonso Cevola in an exploration of why Aglianico doesn’t get any respect “from the Nebbiolisti or the Etna-crazed somm-set.”

According to the Independent, six bottles were withdrawn from the Bagheera Wines auction in Geneva because of the allegations made on the site Wineberserkers by Don Cornwell.

“In 40 years of observing the wine scene, I have never known it to be in such a state of flux,” says Jancis Robinson, who has been enjoying a handful of new-wave Australian wines.

In the Washington Post, Jon Bonné thinks canned rosé is “one of those perfect summer ideas,” and finds the idea of it promising.

Wines & Vines reports that Nova Scotia is investing in its wine industry.

After a short visit to California, Dorothy J. Gaiter discovers that “Cabernet Franc seems to be having a moment.”

Eater looks at the companies making “replica” synthetic wines and questions their worth.

In the Guardian, Kevin Gould offers advice for traveling to Portugal’s Douro region, where he’s impressed by more than just port.

And finally, a consideration of the best Trader Joe’s wines under $10

Daily Wine News: New Master Somms

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 05-20-2016

SommPic_0The Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas welcomes three new members: David Keck of Camerata of Paulie’s in Houston, Texas; Kyungmoon Kim of The Modern in New York, New York; and Jim Rollston of Manresa in Los Gatos, California.

In Wine Spectator, Mitch Frank and Robert Taylor remembers journalist Morley Safer, who “was a voice for wine’s health benefits who introduced the nation to the French Paradox.” Safer died on Thursday at the age of 84.

According to Wine-Searcher, merchants have been happy with the way this year’s en primeur is going.

Jane Anson features an “exciting new generation of Spanish winemakers” in Decanter.

Elsewhere in Decanter, Tina Gellie reports that Krug wants to “kill the flute.”

In Vinous, Antonio Galloni shares notes from a vertical tasting of Vietti Barolo Rocche from 1961-2011.

In the Napa Valley Register, Barry Eberling reports on the just-approved Opus One expansion plans.

Spain must decide on how to push sales of premium and super-premium wine if it is to avoid being seen as producer of cheap bulk wines, claims wine producer, Enrique Valero in the Drinks Business.

In Palate Press, Michelle Locke looks back and ahead with the iconic Chianti producer, Ruffino.

In Forbes, Larissa Faw surveys the vast research on millennials’ relationship with wine.

Daily Wine News: Return to Native Yeast

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 05-19-2016

Far Niente wines. (Source: Far Niente Winery)

Far Niente wines. (Source: Far Niente Winery)

“The fact that [commercial yeast strains] outmuscle native strains during the course of fermentation and carry a wine all the way to dryness without any hiccups is music to the ears of many winemakers. But it’s nails on a chalkboard for those looking to spotlight natural yeast’s influence, which tends to be shyer and more susceptible to stalls along the way.” In Imbibe, Mark Stock on why some winemakers are returning to native yeast.

“The owners of one of Napa Valley’s icons, Far Niente Winery, are selling a majority ownership to GI Partners, the San Francisco investment company that cut a similar deal for Duckhorn Vineyards for a reported $250 million in 2007.” The Napa Valley Register has more details on the Far Niente sale.

Steve Heimoff wants people to understand Jackson Family Wine’s West Burgundy Wine Collective just a few days after the news that JFW has purchased Copain Wines…

Tyler Colman considers what Burgundy’s recent frost and flood will mean for the region and its 2016 vintage.

In Vinous, Stephen Tanzer praises Robert Mondavi’s Fumé Blanc, which is sourced from the I Block of the To Kalon vineyard in Oakville.

In an “attempt to make sense of sustainability in wine,” Wine Folly offers a pretty detailed guide of wine certifications for the uninitiated.

Tim Fish reflects on the last 25 years of change in Sonoma County in Wine Spectator.

In Somm Journal, Lana Bortolot revisits the Judgment of Paris tasting forty years later.

In the Chicago Tribune, Michael Austin discovers what the Alentejo has to offer.

Daily Wine News: Asia’s Love Affair

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 05-18-2016

Vineyards in Lanzarote, Canary Islands. (Wikimedia)

Vineyards in Lanzarote, Canary Islands. (Wikimedia)

In Punch, Jon Bonné on the wines from the Canary Islands, which “have become a microcosm of all the tendencies that today’s wine industry holds dear.”

Jeannie Cho Lee explores Asia’s current love affair with Burgundy in Forbes.

“A hailstorm has caused damage across several hundred hectares of Chablis vineyards less than a month after the whole Burgundy region was also hit by late spring frost,” reports Yohan Castaing in Decanter.

In the Corkscrewer Report, Johannes Marlena talks with Gilad Flam, owner and founder of Flam in Israel, about the environment for wine producers in the booming wine scene happening in the country today, as well as the challenges of being accepted in the world marketplace.

Mike Veseth, the wine economist, considers the transition happening between the old and new in Alentejo, which he thinks of as “Portugal’s Lodi.”

On Tim Atkin’s site, Matt Walls surveys German Syrah and compares it to Syrahs made in other regions around the world.

Tasting Table tackles Georgian wine, with a mention of Alice Feiring’s book, For the Love of Wine.

In Wine Enthusiast, Matt Ketmann pays tribute to Rich Smith of Paraiso Vineyards and “Santa Lucia’s humple pioneer,” who died of pancreatic cancer in December.

Elsewhere in Wine Enthusiast, a guide to the world’s best dry Rieslings.

Matt Kramer muses about wine rituals in Wine Spectator.

Daily Wine News: Another Acquisition

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 05-17-2016

Jackson Family Wines is buying Copain WinesCopain Wines_zpst8pqj6jx. In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley considers what the acquisition means for both sides. “What can Jackson Family bring to these artisanal brands? Money, for one thing… In turn, Copain can provide Jackson Family entree into the In Pursuit of Balance world.”

“Roquebrun’s outstanding efforts with carbonic maceration made me wonder why the technique isn’t more widely experimented with elsewhere.” In Decanter, Andrew Jefford discovers the “unusual set” of wines of Roquebrun in the Languedoc.

In New Scientist, Chris Baraniuk highlights the work that Ava Winery, a San Francisco start-up, is doing to produce synthetic wine.

Liza B. Zimmerman explores how indigenous grapes, foreign investment, and modern winemaking have helped build the success of Sicilian wines in Wine-Searcher.

Grape Collective talks with Mark Adams of Ledge Vineyards about the evolution of Paso Robles and which grapes work best in the region.

In the Smithsonian, Rebecca Wall delves into the history of Armenian wine and its resurfacing popularity.

In the Wall Street Journal, Lettie Teague makes a case for rediscovering Frascati, “the so-called “wine of the popes.””

In Palate Press, W. Blake Gray finds artisanal wines in Chile.

Wine Spectator remembers Aimé Guibert, “outspoken champion of quality wine in France’s Languedoc,” who died Saturday at the age of 91.

Daily Wine News: Women and Wine

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 05-16-2016

Olivia Pope from Scandal.

Olivia Pope from Scandal.

In the Atlantic, Megan Garber finds the relationship between female television protagonists and their glasses of wine troubling. “Theirs is not, for the most part, social wine or with-dinner wine. It is coping wine. It is medicative wine. It is wine that is often consumed alone. And it is wine that is, as an element of TV production, used by its respective storytellers as a visual metaphor for its drinkers’ worry and fear.”

In Bloomberg, Elin McCoy is more impressed than she expected to be with the newly launched Wine-Lister, a data-driven website that uses a 1,000-point wine rating system.

Jancis Robinson reports on the 2015 vintage in Germany. “As with so much in the wine world today, I sense a sea change. Producers who used to concentrate almost exclusively on bone-dry wines are starting to make some top-quality fruity…wines too.”

“Charles Rousseau, son of Armand Rousseau who founded the eponymous Domaine Rousseau, has died aged 93,” reports Decanter.

According to Wine-Searcher, the founder of the self-styled grand cru Languedoc estate Mas de Daumas Gassac, Aimé Guibert died at home over the weekend. He was 91.

In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre tips his hat to Georges Duboeuf for his impact on Beaujolais.

The Napa Valley Register profiles the Mondavi sisters — the four daughters of Marc Mondavi of Charles Krug Winery.

Jamie Goode reflects on the relationship between money and wine.

David Williams pairs wines with music in the Guardian.