Daily Wine News: American Somms

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 10-26-2020

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In Meininger’s, Roger Morris looks at the plight of American sommeliers in a Covid-19 world. “Less than a year ago restaurant sommeliers in America were riding high — as a group the main influencers in determining which exotic varietal wine would become the next trendy item as a by-the-glass pour and which new regions would be on hot wine lists… In the months since [Covid-19 shutdowns], the somms’ worse fears – no paycheck, no job market, dark future – have played out, and many question whether the profession will ever again reach the glory days it experienced during the first 20 years of this century.”

“This year marked the earliest grape harvest ever in many important wine regions, including Burgundy… The pandemic made an extraordinary vintage exceptional in other ways too. The picking teams had to be masked and socially distanced, and there was none of the usual end-of-harvest jollity.” Jancis Robinson explores the changing Burgundian wine calendar.

In Wine-Searcher, Natalie Sellers reports on the range of insect problems plaguing vineyards.

After more than twenty years, and from a pool of over 90 communes that produce wine under the Côtes du Rhône-Villages AOC, Nyons has been promoted and awarded the 22nd Côtes du Rhône-named village, reports Matt Walls in Decanter.

Hannah Selinger explores the diversity of New England wine in Wine Enthusiast.

In Vinous, Antonio Galloni offers his impressions of “the highs and lows of 2016-2020” Barbarescos.

In Grape Collective, Jackson Mattek explores the evolution of Muscadet.

Comments (1)

  1. In fact, before covid-19 sommeliers were growing on the best restaurants, however pandemia change direction due to costs of lockdown among other issues. It will be nice to have more sommelier on restaurants sector that can increase knowledge and consume. thanks for the article.