Daily Wine News: Wine Language

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 09-08-2020

“How many people have actually tasted a wet river stone, anyway?”

“Wine language is so often absurd that it’s a punchline,” says Esther Mobley in the San Francisco Chronicle. “But now, it’s becoming clearer than ever that the conventional language used to describe wine isn’t merely intimidating and opaque. It’s also inextricable from racism and sexism, excluding dimensions of flavor that are unfamiliar to the white, Western cultures that dominate the world of fine wine and reinforcing retrograde notions of gender.”

Increasing experimentation and the exploration of new terroir means South America is now the source of an exciting and diverse array of white wines, says Dirceu Vianna Junior MW in Decanter. (subscription req.)

In Vinous, Josh Raynolds explores Oregon wines beyond Pinot Noir. “ White wine and reds not made from Pinot Noir are approaching almost half of our annual Oregon coverage, which is a remarkable development over the last decade.”

Celebrity wines are proliferating on retail shelves. Is this a good or a bad thing? Robert Joseph offers some thoughts in Meininger’s.

In Grape Collective, Lisa Denning talks to Javier Pagés, president of the Cava DO, about how the Cava DO is working to increase the image of its wine.

In Wine Enthusiast, Michael Schachner explores the diversity of Spanish wines.

In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre highlights a handful of wine-themed books (though misidentifies nonfiction history book Wine & War as a novel).

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