Daily Wine News: Renegades

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Rowdy & Dirty, respectively.

Rowdy & Dirty, respectively.

“Forgoing Cabernet Sauvignon for grapes like Trousseau Gris and Valdiguié, a handful of renegade winemakers have begun experimenting with heirloom grape varieties… to produce some of the most compelling wines to come out of [California] in decades.” In Fortune, Julia van der Vink explains “how a group of young growers is re-imagining viticulture” in California.

Pennsylvania lawmakers failed to privatize state wine and liquor stores this year, but an effort to allow the direct shipment of wine to consumers seems to be a real possibility.

Steve Heimoff shares his keynote speech to this year’s Petite Sirah Symposium.

“Fricke’s wines have a nervous intensity that borders on austerity in some cases… thanks in part to the coldness of her sites. But it is clear that Fricke is also aiming for the core of minerality that the greatest Rieslings possess.” Alder Yarrow profiles the Rheingau’s Eva Fricke and tastes through her current releases.

In Wine Enthusiast, Roger Voss contends that Port’s 2011 vintage is the best in the last twenty years.

At the top end, Champagne sales are surging.

When blind tasting, even experts have a difficult time identifying the percentage of Chardonnay in Champagne.

Lily-Elaine Hawk Wakawaka writes about a visit to Bettulle, a Friuli-based winery that focuses primarily on grapes local to the region.

In case you’re curious, “use of the term natural wine dates back to at least 1639.” Aaron Nix-Gomez has the details.

Isaac James Baker writes about an “on the beaten path” tasting at Kenwood Winery in Sonoma.

Last weekend, Boordy Vineyards took top honors at the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition. Dave McIntyre has the details.

“Open that liquor cabinet wide and see what’s hiding back there. And get to work.” W. Blake Gray explains why you might have a lot of drinking to do.

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