Daily Wine News: Overcoming Obstacles

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 10-09-2020

Vineyard in Lebanon. (Source: Wines from Lebanon)

In the New York Times, Eric Asimov offers notes on the most recent Wine School— Northern Rhône Reds—and announces what’s up next: reds from Lebanon. “…few places in the world have faced the onslaught of obstacles that have challenged the wine industry of Lebanon… The Lebanese wine industry has had to demonstrate its resilience for decades, most famously navigating through 15 years of civil war. When the war ended in 1990, just five wineries were operating in Lebanon. As of 2018 there were roughly 50.”

Wine Business looks at the gender pay gap in the wine industry.

In Vinous, Joaquín Hidalgo reflects on how the Argentine wine industry has changed in the past 20 years.

As the world learns to live with coronavirus, James Lawrence wonders in Wine-Searcher, what impact has it had on wine prices? “There are winners and losers: smaller brands formerly reliant on the restaurant industry are rushing to develop direct-to-consumer networks. Online retailers are generally optimistic and certain brands report an uplift in sales (when compared to the same period in 2019). The important caveat is that many jobs are still supported by furlough schemes: these are likely to remain in place until 2021 in many European countries.”

In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre covers the wine industry programs that aim to diversify “a stuffy white boys’ club.”

The Los Angeles Times looks at how a trio of winemakers are harvesting 250-year-old vines at San Gabriel Mission.

In Grape Collective, Christopher Barnes talks to South African winemaker Paul Cluver about his journey from growing apples to Pinot Noir.

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