Daily Wine News: Vegan Somms

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 01-10-2019

In the World of Fine Winefood_bread_wine_parsnips_radishes_turnips_lemons_pumpkins-1050849.jpg!d, Gemma Price delves inside the world of vegetarian and vegan sommeliers and explains how the popularity of meat-free dining may influence in positive ways how all of us eat out.

Two winemakers in the prestigious Conegliano-Valdobbiadene region have had their wine seized for breaking rules over sugar. Liza B. Zimmerman reports on issue in Wine-Searcher.

John Szabo explores the rise of blaufränkisch in places beyond its native Germany and Austria home in Wine Enthusiast.

In an article from UC Davis, Jessica Nusbaum looks at how UC Davis Library’s wine archives continues to grow with collections donated by various wine writers.

In Forbes, Lana Bortolot recommends four books published in 2018 that gave rise to plenty of philosophical debate to topics such as minerality, terroir and authenticity in wines.

VinePair breaks down drinking trends and per capita wine consumption by state.

What makes Screaming Eagle tick? In Decanter, Tim Jackson MW tastes the component parts of the cult wine to find out. (subscription req.)

In Wine & Spirits Magazine, Joshua Greene reports that Adrian Bridge, CEO of Taylor’s Port, is creating the Porto Protocol to initiate the fight on climate change.

Daily Wine News: Syrah’s Resurgence

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 01-09-2019

Syrah. (Flickr, McD22.)

Syrah. (Flickr, McD22.)

Luke Sykora explores syrah’s second coming in Wine & Spirits Magazine. “Across the country, it turns out, sommeliers are reporting that enthusiasm for the northern Rhône is starting to escape its culty wine-insider bubble. Part of that interest, certainly, is the result of producers from South Africa to Australia to the Sonoma Coast preaching the gospel of cool-climate syrah through their own savory, aromatic wines. But these days, the gateway to syrah is often much closer to Lyon.”

Alecia Moore (aka Pink) has sold out of her debut release of Californian wine label Two Wolves, selling all 114 cases just one day after launching, according to the Drinks Business.

In Vinous, Ian D’Agata shares his impression of the new releases from Trentino.

In the Oregonian, Michael Alberty explores Oregon’s wine-cider hybrids.

In Terroir Review, Meg Houston Maker talks to Eleanor Léger of Eden Specialty Ciders about natural cider making, cider terroir, and the state of the craft.

“So, the idea that the USA is the No. 1 wine consumer is not unexpected. However, the question is when did it become No. 1?” David Morrison of the Wine Guard blog looks at the data.

The Hispanic consumer is key to the future of the wine industry, says Rick Parra.

In Decanter, Michael Garner explores the changing styles of Valpolicella. (subscription req.)

Daily Wine News: Martian Wine?

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 01-08-2019

Mars. (Source: Wikimedia)

Mars. (Source: Wikimedia)

In the Washington Post, Amie Ferris-Rotman reports on scientists’ endeavor to find a Martian-friendly grape. “Georgia promotes itself as the world’s birthplace of wine. So it seems only natural that the country is trying to figure out what varietal might be sipped one day on Mars. That is the thinking behind the IX Millennium project, which is seeking to develop grapevines fit for the possible Red Planet agriculture pods.”

Virginie Boone and Matt Kettmann explore rosés and fizzy reds that are fit for winter in Wine Enthusiast.

Elsewhere in Wine Enthusiast, Jessica Kelly looks at how winemakers are utilizing gravity-flow wineries to produce low-intervention wines.

Grape Collective talks with Kris Matthewson of Bellwether Wine Cellars in the Finger Lakes about what he’s most excited about in the region and more.

Spain’s Félix Solís Avantis has grown into a giant thanks to its commitment to innovation. Felicity Carter pays a visit and reports on what she found in Meininger’s.

In Bloomberg, Elin McCoy on seven ways wine will change in 2019.

In Forbes, Tom Hyland delves into the future of Amarone.

Tara Gonzalez tests out a handful of wine subscription services in Glamour.

Daily Wine News: Fine Whites

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 01-07-2019

White-wine“One of many legacies – good and bad – of the rise to power of the American wine guru Robert Parker is veneration of red wine at the expense of white. His once-oracular Wine Advocate reviewed far more reds than whites,” says Jancis Robinson. “But I would argue this qualifies as colour prejudice. White wine can be just as magnificent as red wine. Some may argue, ah but red wine is what you drink with the main course and is therefore a more serious match for food. Not so!”

In Grape Collective, Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher consider why malbec is the new merlot.

In VinePair, Emma Orlow profiles Alexis Schwartz of Zev Rovine Selections, a natural wine distributor based in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood.

In search of greater terroir expression, Prosecco’s finest wines are becoming increasingly dry. In Decanter, Richard Baudains explores the reasons why, and picks his top 10 to try. (subscription req.)

In Forbes, Jill Barth checks out Wine Enthusiast’s new documentary series, It Starts With Wine, which premiered on Amazon Prime Video on January 4.

Liza B. Zimmerman explores what’s driving sommeliers in Meininger’s.

In Wine-Searcher, Kathleen Willcox explores the growing thirst for “exotic wine.”

Daily Wine News: Arizona Wines

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 01-04-2019

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Source: Wikimedia

Elaine Chukan Brown explores Arizona wines on her blog. “… people fail to recognize the quality possible for Arizona wine. In a wine world that fetishizes unicorn wine, oddball varieties and undiscovered regions, people still imagine Arizona as only a desert… Though Arizona is known for heat, cold is the greater challenge in the vineyards. In viticulture, Arizona’s spring frost and fall freeze are among the biggest concerns.”

Esther Mobley looks at five of the big ideas that are defining the California wine beat right now in the San Francisco Chronicle.

The Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 index closed 2018 down 0.2% on 2017’s finish after a slow but stable year, while the broader Fine Wine 1000 soared 10%. The Drinks Business shares more details, including: “The Burgundy 150 in particular was very robust and largely carried the overall index with a 34.9% rise.”

Is red wine really the cause of that headache? Lettie Teague asks the experts and shares the answers in the Wall Street Journal.

In Forbes, Courtney Schiessl offers some tips for how to tell if a wine will age well.

Also in Forbes, Michelle Williams highlights Willamette Valley’s Lavinea Wines.

Bryce Wiatrak delves into the dry wines of historic sweet regions such as the Douro Valley, Tokaj, and Sauternes in GuildSomm.

In Wine Enthusiast, Christina Pickard explores the eco-friendly regions of New Zealand.

In Decanter, Jane Anson offers notes from a tasting at Château Branaire-Ducru. (subscription req.)

Daily Wine News: Communication Breakdown

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 01-03-2019

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Source: Pixabay

“That there might be a market for knock-off wines is an illustration of the tacit failure of both classic and social media to fight back against the developing luxury market and some of the marketing in wine,” writes Oliver Styles in Wine-Searcher. “What’s further tragic is that, if you look at the new trend of “gimmicky” wines (Penfolds blending wine with Beijiu or Mondavi ageing Chardonnay in Bourbon barrels), you have further illustration of the failure of our communicators…”

In Wine Enthusiast, Paul Gregutt explores Oregon’s other white wines: chardonnay, riesling, and pinot blanc.

From terroir transmission to flavor expression, winemakers discuss the draw of ungrafted vines in SevenFifty Daily.

Grape Collective talks with Leclerc Briant’s winemaker and biodynamic apostle Hervé Jestin about the trend towards organic production in Champagne.

In Beverage Media, Lana Bortolot reports on the rising region of Alentejo, “a literal hotbed of producers ranging from traditional to modern.”

Laura Jane Faulds pens a love letter of sorts to cabernet franc in Sprudge Wine. “No wine grape gives less of a fuck than Cabernet Franc. If Cab Franc were a person, she’d be named Cab Franc, and everyone who ever met her would describe her as being “effortlessly cool,” a natural athlete, and very good at math.”

Tamyln Currin reviews Jason Wilson’s Godforsaken Grapes on JancisRobinson.com. (subscription req.)

Daily Wine News: Projects of Passion

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 01-02-2019

italianredwineWhat does it mean to be a lover of Italian wine? Alfonso Cevola explores the answer. “You don’t need to be certified. There is no prerequisite for mastery. The Italian table, and the wines on it, are for every man and woman with an open heart and a curiosity for adventure, for the unexpected. I’ve trod this wine trail for almost half a century now, and still there are no ruts in my path. All you need is patience. And love.”

Imbibe kicks off 2019 with an announcement of the latest list of Imbibe 75 People of the Year, including Amy Bess Cook, who launched Woman-Owned Wineries to help more women succeed in the wine world.

In SevenFifty Daily, Betsy Andrews looks at how Laura Catena is leading Argentine winemaking to new heights.

In Wine-Searcher, Kathleen Wilcox explores whether the rising popularity of prosecco, sekt and pet-nat are a threat to Champagne. “According to our numbers at Wine-Searcher, Champagne may not be what people buy, but it’s what they want.”

Mike Dunne highlights various quotes from 40 years on the wine beat in the Sacramento Bee.

In Decanter, Andrew Jefford reflects on 2018 and what seemed to be the four main themes of the year: trade wars, climate change, populism, and cannabis.

Adam Morganstern shares his picks for the best wines to drink in 2019 in Forbes.

Daily Wine News: Bubbly & NYE!

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 12-31-2018

(Flickr: ajroder)

(Flickr: ajroder)

“I’ve been a Champagne addict for half a century,” writes Hugh Johnson in Decanter. “Now my loyalty is wobbling: sheer curiosity drives me to taste every English bubbly I come across. Curiosity, and local pride, patriotism, chauvinism – call it what you like.”

In the New York Times, Eric Asimov offers notes on the most recent wine school, tawny port, and announces what’s up next: supermarket wines, including Apothic Red, Meiomi Pinot Noir, and The Prisoner red wine.

In VinePair, Shoshi Parks delves into the history of sparkling wine production at Frank Family Vineyards.

Vicki Denig chats with comedian Eric Wareheim about teaming up with winemaker Joel Burt to create Las Jaras Wines in Wine-Searcher.

Elsewhere in Wine-Searcher, Caroline Henry tells you everything you need to know about Champagne producer Jacques Selosse.

In Bloomberg, Elin McCoy offers some Champagne advice—from what to look for to how to store it.

In Wine Spectator, Emma Balter looks back on the most-read wine stories of 2018.

In the final installment of a four-part series, Elaine Chukan Brown tells the story of California Chardonnay on JancisRobinson.com.

Wine Reviews: California New Releases

Posted by | Posted in Wine Reviews | Posted on 12-29-2018

As the year wraps up and 2019 begins, I have one last round-up of new releases from California.

This week includes another batch from Lake County stalwart producer Jed Steele. I’ve said it before (a bunch of times), and I’ll say it again: some of these wines are so damned good for the money.

I also tasted two vintages of Calla Lily’s Audax Napa Cabernet. The fruit is sourced from a vineyard, first planted in 1995, on the eastern side of Howell Mountain. The vineyard is planted to mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, with some Petite Sirah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petite Verdot. They’re big and bold, but I found them vibrant and quite balanced as well.

In this report, I cover the newest vintages of Chalk Hill’s Chardonnay, Louis Martini’s Monte Rosso Vineyard Cabernet, and some new (to me) red wines from Joseph Stephens, a winery in the Santa Clara Valley owned by the Silicon Valley Wine Company.

These wines were received as trade samples and tasted sighted. Read the rest of this entry »

Daily Wine News: Discovering Castillon

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 12-28-2018

Cotes de Bordeaux Castillon wine in decanter. (Source: Wikimedia)

Cotes de Bordeaux Castillon wine in decanter. (Source: Wikimedia)

St-Emilion’s eastern neighbor, Castillon, has attracted successive waves of major winegrowing talent, producing some delicious wines that are still remarkably affordable. In Wine & Spirits Magazine, Joshua Greene spent a week investigating the land and its wines.

In Vinous, Ian D’Agata explores Asti and Moscato d’Asti. “Light in alcohol and strong on flavor, Asti and Moscato d’Asti are the ultimate party wines, but they can be remarkably nuanced and terroir-specific, too.”

On JancisRobinson.com, Elaine Chukan Brown continues the tale of California Chardonnay with a look of its globalization from the 1980s to the 2000s in part three of a four-part series.

Caroline Henry looks at how new rules reducing the use of copper sulfate could be problematic in Champagne in Wine-Searcher. “The main reason for the sharp reduction in authorized copper compounds usage in agriculture, stems from the fact that copper sulfate does not dissolve and hence accumulates in the soil. And this is also one of the main reasons why the EU is looking to prohibit it in the future. However, things aren’t as simple…”

Wine Enthusiast talks to various wine industry pros about what they resolve to do as well as taste in 2019.

In GuildSomm, Kelli White explores sweetness in wine.

Business Insider tests out the best wine aerators on the market.