Daily Wine News: Braai Day!

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 10-03-2012

Mike Veseth at the 2012 Nederburg Auction.

“Can South Africa win its Wine War in the United States market? Yes – anyone who has tasted the wonderful wines being showcased at the Nederburg Auction will have no doubt about the final answer. But it won’t be easy.” Mike Veseth delivers the keynote address at this year’s Nederburg Auction. (As regular readers know, I spoke at last year’s auction.)

“Vineyards are planted to Merlot, not with it. One can only imagine the difficulties of trying to plant a vineyard using a grape cluster in place of a spade.” On WineSpectator.com, a great piece from associate editor Robert Taylor on “enological grammar.”

“If you believe that fine-wine judgment can be crowd-sourced, you’ll find yourself merely running with the herd.” In his latest Wine Spectator column, Matt Kramer offers some cautionary wine tales — and contends that Bordeaux has become boring and Russian River Pinot has become banal.

“Cult wine” is dead. According to Kyle Schlachter of Colorado Wine Press, the phrase “has run its course and is no longer useful.”

In Wine Enthusiast, Monica Larner offers “two driving itineraries to help you discover the best of the Langhe, with insider tips and wine suggestions to match.”

From the Financial Times: “Wines of Chile, the trade body that represents more than 100 producers – and 95 per cent of the industry’s exports – is targeting what it thinks will fast turn into one of its largest export markets: China”

Attention wine producers: Don’t call “your refreshing but probably overpriced… $35 Sauvignon Blanc an ‘entry level’ wine.” So proclaims Joe Roberts.

Across Europe, reports The Telegraph, “the cost of table wine is set to rise due to a devastating grape harvest in Spain and Italy caused by a drought.”

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