Daily Wine News: Away With Wax Seals

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 10-31-2019

Wine bottle being sealed with wax.

Wine bottle being sealed with wax.

Why do wineries use wax seals when so many people hate them? Aaron Ayscough investigates in Meininger’s.

A new Oregon wine tradition association—The Oregon Wine Council (OWC)—has been formed. Tom Wark looks at what the news means. “…the fact is that the coalition of growers and wineries that seemingly broke away from the Oregon Winegrowers Association to form the Oregon Wine Council is the same coalition of mainly southern Oregon growers and wineries that successfully defeated Oregon Senate Bill 111 earlier this year… Make no doubt about it, both the Oregon Winegrowers Association and the new Oregon Wine Council claim to represent the entirely of the Oregon wine industry. This is somewhat awkward.”

On NPR, winemakers discuss how Italy’s prominent regions are adapting to climate change.

In the New York Times, Besha Rodell is impressed by Melbourne’s energetic wine bar scene.

WineBusiness.com reports that wine journalist Mort Hochstein has died. He was 90.

In Grape Collective, Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher explore pinotage’s growing popularity.

Mike Veseth, the wine economist, checks out the wine tourism scene in Walla Walla.

It’s time to try pinot noir from Alsace, says James Button in Decanter. (subscription req.)

Comments (1)

  1. Concerning the wax closures, I find that some producers are evolving to a more pliable formula. I actually find the soft opaque beeswax-like the most attractive. Years ago I completely unwound the auger in my Rabbit while pushing through a particularly stout wax capsule. I sent the photo of the result to the winery and they promptly changed their formula. Still waiting for the new auger!