Daily Wine News: German Wine’s Uncertain Future

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 09-16-2020

Mosel Valley vineyards

For years, German wines struggled to get respect in the US market. Finally, Germany gained traction—and then came the Trump tariffs and Covid-19. In Meininger’s. Valerie Kathawala looks at what happened next. “The closure or uncertain future of so many American restaurants has hit German wines particularly hard, as by-the-glass placements and on-premise communication are often essential to getting these niche wines into consumers’ hands. “

In PUNCH, Miguel de Leon reports on Ulli Stein’s approach to winemaking in the Mosel. “Ulli Stein is a man of paradoxes—outspoken yet demure, entrenched in the details but still conscious of the bigger picture. It’s perhaps why he’s drawn to fight for the future of the Mosel, a region known for its tradition of extreme, steep-slope winemaking and, more recently, as a cautionary tale about climate change.”

Loire Valley-based writer Emily Dilling wants to eliminate the word “funky” from the natural wine lexicon. “While trend status is effective in creating excitement around natural wine—and using a basic vocabulary is a great start for talking about wine—clear communication regarding the movement is essential. Not all natural wine should be filed under “funky” and indeed, this does a great many fine natural wines a grave disservice.”

The Almeda fire has destroyed Simple Machine Winery in southern Oregon, reports Michael Alberty in the Oregonian.

In Bloomberg, Elin McCoy surveys the 2020 wine harvest around the world, and says it may be the most troubled one yet.

On JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming looks at who’s writing about wine in China.

Comments (1)

  1. With respect to the article by Emily Dilling, I’d say that funky wines, not the term, do the many fine natural wines a disservice. Simply describing funky wines in some other way won’t change the fact that they are funky. Besides, some people actually like that style. The best and least confusing thing for consumers is for people to call a spade a spade (or a horse a horse).

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