Daily Wine News: Signature Varieties

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Do emerging wine regions need a signature variety to break out? Tim McKirdy explores the answer in VinePair. “Are these and other “emerging” wine regions missing a trick, or are there valid reasons to opt against close association with individual varieties? And is the key to success really just honing in on a certain grape, or are there other more complex factors at play?”

Rutherford’s Whitehall Lane planted disease-resistant grapes, Camminare Noir and Paseante Noir, to deal with the threat of Pierce’s disease. Aaron Romano checks in on their progress in Wine Spectator.

In Wine Enthusiast, Virginie Boone explores how California Pinot Noir became a global phenomenon.

In the New York Times, Eric Asimov recommends wines for Thanksgiving this year.

Elsewhere in the New York Times, Australia critic Besha Rodell remembers Taras Ochota. “Wine is just a drink. But for those of us who obsess over it and love it and attach part of our identities to it, it can be more. It can be a way to express the soul of a piece of land, a marriage, a person. I’m not sure there was anyone in Australia who achieved that better than Taras Ochota.”

Alpana Singh shares why she resigned from the Court of Master Sommeliers.

Food & Wine shares a new documentary, Embers & Vines, about the California Wine Country wildfires.

“Treasury Wine Estates Ltd. on Thursday said it had frozen plans to list its Penfolds business separately, a day after the company said it had become aware that a Chinese industry association has asked Beijing to impose retrospective tariffs on Australian wine,” reports David Winning in the Wall Street Journal.

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