Daily Wine News: End-of-Year Reflections

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 12-31-2020

Avaline, one of the so-called “clean” wines to pop up this year. (Credit: Avaline Wines)

In the New York Times, Eric Asimov offers his thoughts on the clean wine movement. “If political, environmental and ethical considerations enter into your decisions about which foods to buy, they should inform your wine-buying as well. But let’s not rationalize wine as healthful. The reason anybody should seek out minimally processed wine made from conscientiously farmed grapes is not because it is healthier but because it is better. It’s an aesthetic choice, not a medical or “lifestyle” decision. No matter how a wine is made, it contains one inherently dangerous substance: alcohol.”

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley highlights the most overlooked wine stories of 2020.

Wine Spectator remembers the innovators, luminaries, friends and family of the wine industry who died this year.

The Economist looks into China’s fascination for Chilean wine. “The absence of tariffs helps. Since Chile signed a trade deal with China in 2006, the value of its wine exports to that country has rocketed from $5m to $250m in 2019. Another factor is Chile’s ability to make wine that is specially branded and packaged for the Chinese market, known in the trade as “private-label” wine.”

In the Wall Street Journal, Laura Neilson explores a new generation of wine clubs (subscription req.)

On Wine Anorak, Treve Ring explores the wines of Champagne Agrapart & Fils, founded in 1894.

In Grape Collective, Jackson Mattek talks with Cath and Kingsley Edwards from the Ashbrook Estate about the potential of western Australia’s Margaret River.

Antonio Galloni looks back on 2020 in Vinous.

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