Daily Wine News: Power Dynamics

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 09-03-2020

On Tim Atkin’s website, Giles Fallowfield asks: Who holds the balance of power in Champagne? It seems the balance of power in Champagne, on which the health of the appellation depends, has swung noticeably in favor of the major houses. Since 2009 the percentage of the harvest sold by the growers to the houses to produce their brands has risen steadily from 55% to 63.5% in 2019, a trend that has worrying implications if it continues.”

What does it mean for a wine to taste like it’s “supposed to”? asks Esther Mobley in her weekly San Francisco Chronicle newsletter. “Typicity may sound like a philosophical concept — a “how should a wine be?” kind of thing — but it has very practical applications, too… Lately, though, it’s become fashionable in California to throw varietal typicity to the wind.”

The Wine & Spirits Magazine team highlights Rising Black Voices in Wine.

A long-lost white wine, Nascetta, is re-emerging in the Piedmont’s Novello village. “From nothing 27 years ago, 12 Novello wineries now make Nascetta,” says Robert Camuto in Wine Spectator.

“Washington gained its 15th appellation September 2nd, with the approval of the Royal Slope, the U.S.’s latest American Viticultural Area (AVA),” reports Sean P. Sullivan in Wine Enthusiast.

In Meininger’s, award-winning sommelier André Hueston Mack offers his thoughts on the future of somm culture, post-Covid-19.

In the Philadelphia Inquirer, Sam Wood reports that NJ’s largest wine and spirits wholesalers—Allied Beverage Group and Fedway Associates—will each pay $4 million each for unfair trade scheme, plus other Philadelphia-area retailers will also pay penalties.

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