Daily Wine News: Japan’s Potential

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 09-10-2019

Koshu grapes at Katsunama Vineyard. (Wikimedia)

Koshu grapes at Katsunama Vineyard. (Wikimedia)

“This led me to wondering whether Japan has to go beyond Koshu to become a global wine hot spot. Yes, Koshu’s low-alcohol crispness and range of styles, from sur lie to skin-fermented orange wines, put it squarely in today’s wine zeitgeist. But I’m convinced Japan’s take on Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay will be even more key in getting less adventurous drinkers to think of the country as the wine world’s new star,” says Elin McCoy in Decanter.

In Grub Street, Chris Crowley reacts to the New Yorker piece that declared orange wine “an assault on pleasure.”

Jeff Siegel explores the downside of premiumization in the wine industry in Meininger’s.

In VinePair, Linda Gradstein profiles Portuguese winemaker Filipa Pato. “In person, Pato is short and energetic, with a ready laugh, and seems happiest in the vineyards. Her philosophy is to intervene in the winemaking process as little as possible, to produce “wines without makeup,” she says with a smile.”

In the Wall Street Journal, Mike Cherney reports on how wineries are moving past the bottle, now offering whimsical things like petting zoos, climbing walls, and a tasting nest. (subscription req.)

Lauren Mowery chats with Al Gore about climate change and the wine industry in Wine Enthusiast.

There’s a new, updated edition of The World Atlas of Wine from Jancis Robison and team.

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