Daily Wine News: Hail, Frost, Heat

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 07-23-2019

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According to Reuters, wine output in France, the world’s second largest producer, may fall by as much as 13% this year after vineyards were hit by adverse weather including hail, frost and a record-breaking heatwave.

The Wall Street Journal profiles Silicon Valley Bank’s Rob McMillan, who admits he first proposed the bank specialize in mortuaries before settling on wine. (subscription req.)

In Wine Spectator, Bruce Sanderson pays tribute to Grand Cru Selections’ Ned Benedict, who died last week. He was 60. “Ned was a fixture in Burgundy, where we would run into each other from time to time. He traveled frequently to Champagne and Italy too, making many friends in wine regions around the world. In 2009, he joined Grand Cru Selections as managing partner, building a portfolio of some of the most sought-after wines from France and Italy.”

SpitBucket’s Amber LeBeau goes hunting for non-Cabernet Sauvignon wines in Napa’s Stags Leap District.

WineBusiness.com highlights A Balanced Glass, a platform for individuals in the alcohol business that provides guidance in the pursuit of work-life balance and overall wellness.

What’s the point of replica wines? Robert Joseph delves into the new phenomenon in Meininger’s.

On his Good Vitis blog, Aaron Menenberg visits Emidio Pepe. “Part of what sets Emidio Pepe apart is the focus they have on making wines that transcend themselves with significant aging – we’re talking twenty-plus years for the better vintages of montepulciano and five-plus years for trebbiano.”

“The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is calling out anti-competitive behavior in the wine industry,” reports Sharon Masige in Business Insider Australia, “calling on large winemakers to be more transparent in their pricing and contracts with smaller wine grape growers in regions such as the Riverina and Murray Valley.”

SevenFifty and Beverage Media have partnered together to create a new online marketplace for alcoholic beverages.

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