Daily Wine News: The Natural World

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 07-21-2020

In the New York Times, city dweller Eric Asimov explores how wine has provided him the opening to a greater understanding of food and agriculture. “Nothing in wine has affected me so profoundly as observing the intimate relationship that enlightened farmers have with the land that they tend… It’s also made clear to me how little we know about the natural world, particularly the complex and intricate links that govern the well-being of a healthy ecosystem, from the network of microbial life in the soil to the diversity of plant life to the importance of animal life all the way up to the apex predator.”

Anna Archibald delves into the long history of lead toxicity in winemaking in Wine Enthusiast. “The highly toxic element was, for millennia, included frequently in winemaking and storage. The metal was used as a sweetener and preservative, as well as for its ability to impart brilliant clarity to glassware. Its role in wine history dates to at least 2000 B.C., and even extends to today.”

In Meininger’s, Igor Serdyuk reports Russian winemakers have become more interested in the possibilities offered by their indigenous and hybrid grapes.

Could Timorasso be Italy’s most exciting, age-worthy white wine? Kevin Day talks to producers and sommeliers about the once-obscure Piemontese grape in SevenFifty Daily.

In Decanter, Amy Wislocki explores Greece’s flagship grapes. (subscription req.)

On JancisRobinson.com, Arnica Rowan considers the social implications of piquette. (subscription req.)

In Grape Collective, Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher look at how a U.S. convenience store magnate is turning around Italy’s Enrico Serafino Winery.

Covid aside, it has been times of change for Domaines Baron de Rothschild and Château Lafite, as James Lawrence finds out in Wine-Searcher.

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