Daily Wine News: Lebanese Wine Renaissance

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 02-04-2020

Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. (Wikimedia)

Alice Lascelles explores the Lebanese wine renaissance in Food & Wine. “Since the mid-2000s, new winemakers have started to emerge who are set on creating a style they feel is more “Lebanese,” less driven by a European-influenced sensibility. By using different grape varieties, techniques, and, in some ways, a lighter stylistic touch, they are creating wines with an emphatic sense of place.”

In Wine-Searcher, James Lawrence reports on how Trimbach—an Alsace producer famously against the new grand cru classification system—is now embracing it. “I think we’ve reached a decisive point in our firm’s history,” says Anne Trimbach. “Modern consumers aren’t interested in buying wines with nondescript labels like ‘Cuvée M’. Terroir in Alsace is increasingly important, both for us and our customers. People want to learn about the vineyard differences and, therefore, referencing Mandelberg now makes commercial sense.”

In the Washington Post, Laura Reiley reports on new research that suggests winemakers switch the grapes they’re planting in order to avoid “climate catastrophe.”

In Decanter, Jane Anson visits the Macán winery in La Rioja— Rothschild and Vega Sicilia’s joint project—to taste a vertical of the estate’s flagship wine from 2009-2016 and looks at the history of the unique partnership. (subscription req.)

Lauren Buzzeo talks to South African winemaker Ntsiki Viyela of Aslina Wines in Wine Enthusiast’s first-ever advocacy issue.

In the Drinks Business, Edith Hancock looks at the change afoot for Sangiovese in Italy as winemakers embrace fresher styles.

In Forbes, Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen, the World Wine Guys, interview Rachel Martin, who started her own California wine brand, Oceano, after working for her family’s Boxwood Estate Winery in Virginia for 15 years.

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