Daily Wine News: Cranberry Twist

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Mike Veseth explores how much choice wine drinkers really have.

“Remember that for every bottle sold of your favorite small production, biodynamic, cool climate Pinot Noir made by two hipsters in a garage, there are 50,000 bottles of Cranberry Twist White Merlot consumed with pleasure in this country.” Alder Yarrow wonders if the wine writing world is out of touch.

“The Eccentrics… try so hard not to be a cliché that they have become their own cliché. They’re suspicious of any wine that actually tastes good. They love natural wines and orange wines. They’re biking through Jura this spring.” On WineSpectator.com, Tim Fish explains why the social structure of the wine world plays out just like high school.

Most people know that Chile’s Carménère plantings were long thought to be Merlot. The nation’s winegrowers also misidentified Sauvignon Blanc! As Richard Jennings explains, most of it turned out to really be Sauvignonasse, a mutated crossing of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.

In La Cucina Italiana, Anthony Giglio rhapsodizes about the wonders of Cerasuolo di Vittoria, Sicily’s first DOC.

Ever wonder what W. Blake Gray keeps in his off-site wine cellar? On WineReviewOnline, he shares the details.

Meanwhile, on his blog, Gray explains why “chefs and winemakers can only be dictators by the will of the people.”

Ever seen inside a barrel during batonnage? At River Road Family Vineyards and Winery, winemakers Joe Freeman and Ed Morris have figured out how to watch the process.

Wine Enthusiast names this year’s “10 Best Wine Travel Destinations.”

Add Gregory Dal Piaz to the list of people who have a problem with wine ratings but use them anyway. (Doesn’t everyone feel this way?)

The Drinks Business peaks inside Moët Hennessy’s Chinese winery.

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