Daily Wine News: Petite Sirah’s Makeover

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 09-02-2020

Photo courtesy of Mountain Tides Wine Co.

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley explores how Napa’s Mountain Tides Wine Co. is giving the unpopular Petite Sirah a makeover. “They’re an example of the gradual lightening of California wine that’s taken place over the last 15 years — moving from bigger flavors and textures to subtler ones. But Mountain Tides is doing more than just following that trend. It also represents the willingness to explore a grape variety in a way that had never been done before, a rebellion against the conventional wisdom of what Petite Sirah is supposed to be.”

In Decanter, Chris Mercer delves into Stalin’s Wine Cellar, a new book that charts how an Australian merchant followed a tip-off and embarked on a quest to find a secret wine cellar that was purportedly once owned by Tsar Nicholas II and Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

Wine grapes are under threat from a combination of climate change and a rising backlash again the use of fungicides. In Meininger’s, Robert Joseph looks at the thorny question of hybrids and wonders if there isn’t a better solution.

On JancisRobinson.com, Max Allen reports on how smoke taint and a pandemic have forced Australian winemakers to adapt and innovate. (subscription req.)

In Grape Collective, Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher talk to Bruliam Wines’ Kerith Overstreet about harvesting in a pandemic.

In Wine Enthusiast, Roger Morris explores red and white grape wine blends.

Also in Wine Enthusiast, Jim Gordon offers a guide to making wine at home.

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