Daily Wine News: Pandemic Pivots

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 07-27-2020

In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre looks at how small wineries have pivoted and expanded with Zoom tastings and company team-building events.

Jancis Robinson explores the rise of Stockinger, a small Austrian cooperage business. “tockinger don’t have brochures or even a website, so unsophisticated is their sales effort. But so admired is the quality of Stockinger’s oak and workmanship that winemakers around the globe have been lining up to acquire their handiwork (which since the mid 1990s has included small barrels as well as fermentation vats).”

In Meininger’s, Jeff Siegel tells how, in the 16th century, witches once came for wine in Friuli. “Some 500 years ago… producers and their customers in northern Italy relied on the Benandanti to protect their wine from a faction of bad witches who wanted to defecate and urinate in barrels and bottles, as well as the locals’ wine glasses.”

In the New York Times, Eric Asimov’s obituary for Anthony Terlato. “Over a 60-year career, Mr. Terlato was a retailer, wholesaler and importer, and later a winery and vineyard owner. But he will probably be best remembered as the man who introduced pinot grigio to Americans.”

“Italy’s winemakers had already had a difficult year in 2019, contending with floods, heatwaves and storms, and then the coronavirus pandemic came along,” reports Holly Ellyatt in CNBC. “Although life is getting back to normal, industry experts are forecasting a tricky year for Italy’s winemakers.”

In VinePair, Lottice Taylor reports on an illegal wine ring worth over $100 million uncovered in Spain last week. “The suspects are accused of producing adulterated wine using cheap substitutes such as corn syrup and grain alcohol…”

Megan Soll shares how the Vivino app has impacted the way she buys wine during the pandemic in Food & Wine.

On the blog for First Vine, Tom Natan responds to a Washington Post article about increased alcohol consumption during the pandemic.

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