Daily Wine News: Bidding Adieu

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 02-18-2021

(Source: Napa Valley Vintners)

Esther Mobley bids farewell to Auction Napa Valley in the San Francisco Chronicle. “Since the auction began 40 years ago, it’s generated more that $200 million for local community organizations… The pandemic is the main cause for the cancellation, of course, thought it didn’t help that the auction’s longtime setting, Meadowood restort, was severely damaged in last year’s Glass Fire. Yet whether or not the Napa Valley Vintners resuscitate Auction Napa Valley in some for in the future, it feels like a poignant moment — the end of an era.”

In Wine Enthusiast, Virginie Boone on how California winemakers are tackling fire fighting and prevention. “In 2020, the Sonoma County Winegrowers and Sonoma County Farm Bureau partnered to offer a five-hour course on fire safety training to its community of people who already work the land… That training is in basic firefighting, but also in reducing the fuels that give fires the ability to spread wildly and go rogue. Linking the agricultural community to the scientific community is key to upholding the mantra of what is done in anticipation of fire season will be more impactful than what is done once a firestorm develops.

Cristal producer Louis Roederer has announced it is launching two single-vineyard still wines, a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, under the Coteaux Champenois appellation, reports Chris Mercer in Decanter.

“Australia’s Treasury Wine to overhaul business, sell assets as Chinese tariffs bite,” reports Reuters.

In Wine-Searcher, W. Blake Gray counts the ways Covid has changed wine service.

Antonio Galloni offers his impression of the 2017 Barolos in Vinous.

How is Brexit affecting Bordeaux wine? Jane Anson takes a look in Decanter. (subscription req.)

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