Daily Wine News: An Ode to Bonny Doon and the DEWN Club

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From the October 2019 DEWN Club newsletter.

In Food & Wine, Kat Kinsman pens a love letter to Randall Grahm, Boony Doon, and the DEWN club. “Grahm is a marvelous weirdo who makes fantastical wines, and he thrilled me from the first glass… God, what a joy it’s been. Grahm’s biodynamic, experimental, and monomaniacally terroir-driven wines have been a constant exercise in expanding the boundaries of what I understand as wine, and rather than putting me off, they beckoned me in with a crooked E.T. finger.”

In Bon Appétit, Alex Delaney says that winter is the real season for rosé. “During a season that’s more or less an emotional nap, I don’t want a glass of bold, hearty red that doubles as a lullaby. I want a drink that’s going to lift me up. I want a lovely, fruit-filled, tantalizingly acidic, assertive slap across the face. And that’s what rosé gives me.”

“While South Africa’s social policies and citizen treatment were stained by apartheid, many within the country’s wine industry have been committed to social responsibility and development of their communities.” In Wine Enthusiast’s Advocacy issue, Lauren Buzzeo shines a light on several successful efforts being made within South Africa’s wine industry.

In Wine Spectator, Suzanne Mustacich looks at how French winemakers are already suffering from the 25 percent tariffs imposed last year.

Winemaker protests have recently helped to persuade French officials to ditch plans to cut adrift 64 communes, including those in Chablis, from the Burgundy appellation, reports Chris Mercer in Decanter.

California’s winegrowers may have reached a ceiling – the 2019 grape crush was 9.1 percent smaller than the record 2018 crush, and is the smallest overall since 2011. Yet growers are still worried about oversupply, says W. Blake Gray in Wine-Searcher.

An Australian couple quarantined on a cruise ship due to coronavirus had wine delivered to their cabin door by drone.

In the Boston Globe, Ellen Bhang explores a new generation of Australian wines. (subscription req.)

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