Daily Wine News: Space-Aged Wine

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A case of Bordeaux wine and 320 grapevines is heading back to Earth after a year in space, reports CNN. “The research, known as Mission Wise, is exploring how to develop “new ways of growing plants on the Earth and scale up to feed more people on the planet.”

In Food & Wine, Oset Babür tackles the problem with clean wine. “As clean wine inches further and further into the mainstream—brands like The Wonderful Wine Co., from Winc, Good Clean Wine, and FitVine Wine have, in recent months, cropped up in a nightmarish game of vinicultural whack-a-mole—the natural wine community is trying, largely for its own sake, to figure out how to standardize and restore integrity to the conversation.”

Joshua Greene remembers Howard Goldberg in Wine & Spirits Magazine. “Howard passed away early in January, leaving an empty seat in that small, tight community of wine, a seat no one could ever fill with the same New York sense of humor and grace.”

Alder Yarrow reports on a new set of regulations for canned wine. “For a few years, while the government has allowed wine to be packaged in 250ml cans for instance, it has not allowed that amount of wine to be sold on its own, forcing producers to group cans into sets in order for them to be legally sold. The new regulations released last week by the TTB now allow wine to be sold in the following volumes: 355 ml, 250ml, 300 ml, 187ml, 100ml and 50ml.”

It’s a crucial time for Lebanese wine, says Christina Pickard in Wine Enthusiast. “Despite recent hardships, Lebanese wines have experienced something of a renaissance. From 1996 to 2020, the number of wineries grew from 40 to nearly 80.”

What’s up with all these wine cask-finished spirits? Pete Ranscombe takes a look in Club Oenologique.

On JancisRobinson.com, Matthew Hayes explores “the tyranny of scores.”

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