Daily Wine News: The Language of Wine

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 10-16-2020

“So many people think that they’re intimidated by wine when in fact they’re intimidated by the language of wine. Someone, somewhere convinced them that before they dare try to describe what’s in their glass, they must first master the hyperspecialized vocabulary of wine’s professional class. But there’s a twist: That vocabulary isn’t fixed, it’s ever-changing—a dispiriting realization whether you’re a retail robot from the future or a consumer in the year 2020. The words we use to talk about wine often say more about us than the wine itself—how we want to be seen, which club we want to be a part of. Are you deductive or intuitive? A numbers gal or a feelings gal? Nerd or jock? Country or rock ’n’ roll?” In PUNCH, Emily Timberlake looks at the new vocabulary of wine.

In the Star Tribune, Bill Ward reports on Itasca, the latest grape from the University of Minnesota, which is “being hailed as at least a “breakthrough” and more likely a “game changer” for the state’s still-nascent wine industry. One winemaker even likened the 2017 University of Minnesota release to what the research center achieved with Honeycrisp and Zestar apples.”

In the New York Times, Eric Asimov pens an obituary for Lulu Peyraud, French wine matriach, who died last week at the age of 102. “Her family ran Domaine Tempier, a wine estate in Provence known for its Bandol reds and rosés. She ran the kitchen.”

Also in the New York Times, Eric Asimov offers 20 wines under $20 for trying times.

“Here’s what you need to know. Amazon isn’t waiting for the law on interstate wine retailer shipping to change to get into the business of wine shipping. Amazon doesn’t support the liberalization of those laws,” says Tom Wark about wine-shipping laws. “If lawmakers really want to protect their independent wine stores from competition, they need to start thinking about how they can help open up all the U.S. states for those retailers to sell and ship into.”

In the Wall Street Journal, Lettie Teague looks at how Jeff Smith of Hourglass Winery is coping with the Napa fire. (subscription req.)

Italian police seized 4,000 bottles of counterfeit Super Tuscan wine, fake bottles of Bolgheri Sassicai.

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