Daily Wine News: Behind the Scandal

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In SevenFifty Daily, Courtney Schiessl does a deep dive into the 2018 Master Sommelier exam cheating scandal, and looks at how candidates and sommeliers are still fighting for change. “More than a year and three tasting exams later, 9 of the 23 candidates have regained their titles. But the specific details of what happened, including the justification for rescinding one of the wine industry’s most coveted and toughest-to-achieve titles, have never been released by the CMSA… For both consumers and those in the trade, what does the 2018 Master Sommelier exam information leak and invalidation mean for the future of the CMSA—and for the wine industry as a whole?”

In Wine Enthusiast, Sarah E. Daniels looks at the ways climate change is altering wine as we know it. “With better wine from regions we know and new wine from previously uncharted areas, it may appear the wine world is becoming better off. In truth, however, this is a thin silver lining to ever-worsening viticultural challenges.”

In Wine Spectator, Bruce Sanderson says that Domaine de la Romanée-Conti’s 2018 vintage is unlike any in recent memory. (subscription req.)

Margaret River winemakers are predicting the 2020 vintage will be the region’s greatest on record, according to Danielle Costley in Decanter.

Mark Stock explores the evolution of Michigan wine in the Manual.

In Vinous, Josh Raynolds delves into the compelling wines of Paso Robles.

Rachel Arthur explores the concept of “cognitive off-loading” as it relates to wine in Beverage Daily. “In the case of wine, gone are the days of needing to remember which brand of style we like — we can merely look up the photo of the bottle we took the last time we enjoyed it.”

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