Daily Wine News: Rheinhessen!

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 10-16-2012

The Rheinhessen.

“When I am looking for an alternative to white Burgundy, these are the kinds of wines I often think of first. Even though they are made with a different variety… they are similar in their elegance, and in their ability to accompany food.” In the International Herald Tribune, Eric Pfanner writes about the turnaround in Rheinhessen.

In the Financial Times, Jancis Robinson writes a preview of her new book, Wine Grapes: A Complete Guide to 1,368 Vine Varieties including their Origins and Flavours.

On Eater.com, Talia Baiocchi chats (Part 1Part 2) with François Chartier, “a former Canadian sommelier who has spent a decade creating a new scientific discipline that explores ‘aromatic synergies.'”

“In a steep terraced vineyard above northern Portugal’s winding Douro River are 6,000 very special gnarled vines. Their grapes make the world’s rarest, most collectible and expensive vintage port, Quinta do Noval Nacional.” In Bloomberg, Elin McCoy writes about a tasting of 12 historic vintages of Quinta do Noval.

“It’s still a bargain and it’s one of the best introductions to Mosel Riesling that you can get for the money.” Joe Roberts praises the “Dr. L” Riesling from Dr. Loosen.

”I wouldn’t be surprised if tonnage were 15 percent to 20 percent more than expected.” Napa and Sonoma are looking at quite a harvest this year.

Tom Wark reports that the beer wholesalers are prepared to bring back the CARE Act.

The Napa Valley Vintners are hosting a harvest beard contest! My vote is going to Michael Baldacci of Baldacci Vineyards, because he was kind enough to teach me about pump overs during my one-week harvest immersion in Stags Leap.

Ed McCarthy explores the wines of Concha y Toro, “South America’s largest and most important producer.”

Greg Stobbe writes about The Napa Valley Wine Wave, which successfully set a new world record for the longest relay wine toast.

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