Daily Wine News: Straw Wine

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 09-18-2020

Grapes drying on the vine for straw wine. (Wikimedia)

In Wine Enthusiast, Sophia McDonald Bennett breaks down of the various types of straw-dried wines, as well as what to expect from a true straw wine (also known as raisin wine).

In Wine Spectator, Robert Camuto profiles Stefano Cesari, renowned for his Amarones. Now, he believes “Valpolicella has the potential to be a Burgundy produced in Italy.”

Elsewhere in Wine Spectator, Augustus Weed explores how the past weeks of wildfire smoke on the West Coast will impact the 2020 vintage. “Wineries with vineyards that were near the fires are carefully monitoring their crop this year. Most producers won’t release a wine if it shows any signs of smoke taint exposure. But the loss of those grapes and wines could have a financial and human impact on wineries already reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic. And the fire season is not over yet.”

In Eater Portland, Brooke Jackson-Gidden reports on the Willamette Valley vineyard workers still picking grapes in hazardous air.

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley highlights Alicia Kidd and Mari Kemp, owners of a new Oakland wine bar, CoCO Noir, that celebrates producers from underrepresented backgrounds.

In the New York Times, Eric Asimov highlights 12 fresh wines for the transition from summer into fall.

Breanny Ritchey explores wines from the Sta. Rita Hills in Vinous. “The influence of the Pacific Ocean is part and parcel to the magic of the Sta. Rita Hills… Meanwhile, the AVA’s soil map is a puzzle of textures.”

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