Daily Wine News: France Recognizes Natural Wine Designation

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 03-26-2020

France has officially recognized a natural wine designation, reports Diana Macle on WineBusiness.com. “After 10 years effort, the French wine industry has obtained the right to market wines officially recognized as “natural”. In collaboration with the French Ministry for Agriculture, the French National Institute for Origins and Quality (INAO) and the French Fraud Control Office, the newly created Natural Wines Union, presided by Loire Valley vintner Jacques Carroget, has established a list of criteria and a screening protocol dedicated to this new designation.”

It’s time to end wine shipping bans, says Tom Wark in Wine-Searcher. “If ever there was a moment that demonstrated both the utility and necessity of allowing consumers to receive shipments of wine from out-of-state wine retailers, it is now, as we isolate and require Americans to migrate even more of their lives into an online setting.”

In Wine Enthusiast, Virginie Boone, Jim Gordon and Matt Kettmann report on how the California wine industry is adjusting to the new not-normal.

The Institute of Masters of Wine has cancelled upcoming MW exams in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

In Bloomberg, Elin McCoy reports on the online wine-buying boom that’s resulted from the COVID-19 outbreak.

On Tim Atkin’s site, Andy Neather ponders wine and writing in the age of the coronavirus.

Renato Vacca, one of Barbaresco’s most talented winemakers, died March 14 after a yearlong battle with cancer, reports Bruce Sanderson in Wine Spectator. He was 51.

Victoria James discusses her new book, Wine Girl, with Megan O’Neill Melle in Parade.

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