Daily Wine News: Loss & Resiliency

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 10-14-2020

Australian winemaker Taras Ochota, “bass-playing, surfer dude of the Adelaide Hills,” has died, reports Rupert Millar in the Drinks Business. On Imbibe.com, Chris Losh also reflects on Ochota’s life.

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley reports that Dolores Cakebread, who helped turn Napa Valley into a food and wine destination, has died at age 90.

Scientists and vintners are exploring using UV lights, now being employed in HVAC systems to reduce the threat of COVID-19, as a weapon against mildew in vineyards. Lynn Alley reports on some of the findings in Wine Spectator.

In the Buyer, Amber Gardner explores what it’s like being a woman working as a sommelier in hospitality and the wine industry. “I am 32 years old with eight years in the wine industry. I still suffer from Imposter Syndrome. I often wonder why this is… I realize that I am not, and never will be, part of the inner club of wine – the boys’ club – that still dominates the wine industry.”

In Forbes, Kate Dingwall looks at how the digital world is transforming wine in 2020.

Blake Gray takes a trip to Napa Valley to see the wildfire damage, and reports on his findings in Wine-Searcher. “America needs Napa Valley wine. I don’t like to admit it, but I need it too.”

Dick Snyder reports on how an antiquated tax system is killing Ontario’s wineries.

In Decanter, James Button shares some highlights from Italy’s 2020 harvest.

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