“Gradually, with privatization, Czech wine producers began taking back the ground they had lost under Communist rule. The huge cooperatives were broken up and handed to dedicated winemakers… the use of stainless steel tanks and temperature-controlled fermentation, arrived. Producers rediscovered the concept of terroir.” In the New York Times, Hana de Goeij on the growing reputation for wines from Moravia in the Czech Republic.
Jon Bonné looks at the boom of American pét-nat in Punch. “As much as anything, the embrace of pét-nat is a sign of domestic wine’s tectonic shift away from raised-pinky pretensions to a casual, freestyle era, one that borrows a page or two from the craft beer world.”
In the New Statesman, Nina Caplan explores natural wine and why some critics object to it. “Perhaps our palates will have evolved by the next millennium in favour of funkier wines, because people, like wine, are endlessly perfectible, if never perfect…Sulphur is not the problem. As usual, we are.”
On Tim Atkin’s site, Matt Walls discovers the Ventoux AOC in the southeastern region of the Rhône Valley.
In Vinous, Stephen Tanzer reports on the 2014 red Burgundies.
Tech Crunch profiles Naked Wines and shares the story about what happens when crowdfunding meets winemaking.
Laura Burgess considers the importance of harvesting grapes at the right time in Vine Pair.
In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley looks California’s place in the wine world.