Daily Wine News: Bad Reviews

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U.S. wineries cannot sue for bad reviews, judge decides in Penrose Hill v. Mabray decision, reports Jeff Siegel. “The case concerned wine producer Penrose Hill and its CEO, Philip James, who accused wine e-commerce expert Paul Mabray of writing a blog post and making Twitter comments defaming the quality of its products, and that Mabray had implied Penrose Hill was more concerned with marketing wine than making a quality product.”

Santa Clara University’s Lucia Albino Gilbert and John C. Gilbert reflect on the progress made in the numbers of women in lead winemaker positions in California from 2011 to 2020.

In the New York Times, Eric Asimov offers notes on the most recent Wine School, Zinfandel, and announces what’s up next: three wines from different appellations in the Northern Rhône Valley.

“Alain Voge, the dedicated Rhône Valley vintner who helped develop the Cornas appellation, passed away yesterday at the age of 81,” reports Suzanne Mustacich in Wine Spectator. “For more than 50 years, he made wine from Cornas and St.-Péray, helping preserve their hillside vineyards at a time when development threatened to erase them from the map.”

In Club Oenologique, Elin McCoy considers how Napa’s tasting rooms will fare in a post-Covid world. “The future of many of Napa’s most collectible wines will also depend on what those vintners do over the next year.”

In Wine Enthusiast, Nickolaus Hines reports on the scene in Colorado as the state’s wine and cannabis industries reel from wildfire smoke and ash.

Rachel Arthur looks at Brazil’s growing sparkling wine industry in Beverage Daily.

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