Daily Wine News: Italy’s Reckoning

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On his Do Bianchi blog, Jeremy Parzen considers the issue of racism in the Italian wine industry. “There’s no doubt in my mind that the overwhelming majority — and let me just repeat that — the overwhelming majority of Italian winemakers I know personally is on the right side of the racism and anti-racism dialectic. They, like us, are reckoning with their personal and national attitudes on race as they, like us, continue to evolve as anti-racists. But sadly, if we dig a little bit deeper and scratch below the surface, we often discover that the wines we love are raised by people whose attitudes on race may diverge significantly from our own. And of course, there are also racists among us who continue to embrace those wines and the winemakers who produce them.”

“I will not easily forget the time, in 2019, I saw the cellar of Josko Gravner, the iconic Friulian winemaker famous for being the first to use qvevri, the then exotic Georgian clay vessels.” Walter Speller falls under Gravner’s spell on JancisRobinson.com. (subscription req.)

How do organics and biodynamics affect a vineyard’s carbon footprint? Julie Sheppard looks delves into the science in Decanter.

In Meininger’s, Robert Joseph explores the psychology of wine pricing.

Amber LeBeau ponders the future of virtual wine tastings.

Matthew Luczy offers a profile of Arnot-Roberts in Decanter. (subscription req.)

Joon Park explores Liguria’s wines in Grape Collective.

In Wine Spectator, James Molesworth visits Joseph Phelps Vineyards for a tour of the Backus vineyard and a tasting of recent Backus and Insignia Cabernets. (subscription req.)

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