Daily Wine News: Succession

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 12-03-2019

Vineyards in Sonoma. (Flickr: torbakhopper)

Vineyards in Sonoma. (Flickr: torbakhopper)

“As the wave of growers that came of age in the 1970s retires, the question of how a family can sustain ownership is more relevant than ever. Where family farming is the paradigm, the culture of the region depends on growers’ ability to chart a way forward for their next of kin. It’s called succession planning, and in Sonoma it’s on everyone’s mind.” In SevenFifty Daily, Betsy Andrews looks at how several multigenerational families in Sonoma are tackling succession planning.

Roger Morris admits he’s not a fan of Riesling in Meininger’s: “I’m puzzled by all those folks in the wine trade who love Riesling and would have it served at their funerals, and so can’t fathom why rank-and-file wine lovers don’t care enough for Riesling to drink or buy it with any regularity… Whenever I have repeatedly tried to pair Rieslings with whatever I’m eating, I find myself wishing I had ordered something else.”

“Moët Hennessy, the wine and spirits division of French luxury titan LVMH, has made a big bet on pink, purchasing a 55 percent controlling stake in luxury Provence rosé winery Château d’Esclans for an undisclosed sum,” reports Daniel Marsteller in Wine Spectator. “Château d’Esclans is known for its Whispering Angel brand, which has been a driving force behind the premiumization of the rosé category in the U.S.”

Layla Schlack delves into the history of sparkling wine in Wine Enthusiast.

In National Geographic, Danielle Bernabe explores all that Paso Robles has to offer wine lovers.

In Grape Collective, Lisa Denning talks to Steve Edmunds of Edmunds St. John Wines to talk about his decades-long stretch in the wine business and the constant struggle to get his understated wines noticed in a market saturated with big, bold California Cabs.

In Wine-Searcher, W. Blake Gray pens a love letter to Madeira.

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