Daily Wine News: Cape Town’s Crisis

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 01-29-2018

A vineyard in Cape Town.

A vineyard in Cape Town.

In Quartz, Brian Browdie reports on how Cape Town’s water shortage crisis is threatening South Africa’s wine harvest. “Smaller, more concentrated grapes can benefit a handful of producers of high-end wines. But the shrinkage threatens to cut the profitability of wine shipped in bulk, which accounts for about 60% of South Africa’s wine exports.”

Jancis Robinson notices the rise of “modern négociants” in Burgundy. “They are multiplying because it is becoming rapidly clear that only the super-rich such as Bernard Arnault and François Pinault can afford to buy vineyards. If someone wants to make burgundy, as so many wine romantics do, or expand a family-owned domaine, the only option may well be to buy grapes from land belonging to someone else.”

In Wine & Spirits Magazine, Elaine Chukan Brown considers the long-term costs of wineries hiring temporary employees and the growing affordable housing shortage in wine country, and also looks at the California wineries moving to employ year-round vineyard staff.

In Wine-Searcher, Oliver Styles wonders why over 50 percent of the world’s wines are made with French varieties.

According to the Drinks Business, James Suckling has received honorary citizenship of Montalcino from the municipal council in acknowledgement of his years spent rating the surrounding region’s wines.

Jeremy Parzen shares why some are boycotting Zonin wines on his blog, Do Bianchi.

Alder Yarrow journeys into the heart of sake, writing about his first visit to a sake brewery.

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