Daily Wine News: Cheers to Champagne

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 02-12-2021

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A growing number of Champagne producers are launching direct-to-consumer portals in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic in a bid to increase their online sales, reports James Lawrence in the Drinks Business.

Reuters profiles Marie-Ines Romelle, the Black entrepreneur now running her own Champagne label, in partnership with a local vineyard, which has found a market among customers of Caribbean origin who want a brand that reflects their connections with the region. “To the best of her knowledge, she is the only Black producer of champagne, a strictly regulated designation that is reserved exclusively for people making the sparkling wine in the Champagne region of northeast France.”

On his blog, Jamie Goode considers the traditional method, and how it has enabled Champagne to shed the complication of vintage variation. “In the marketplace, having a non-vintage wine means that each year you don’t have to sell afresh the new vintage to your customers, which is a big advantage to the Champagne houses. They can just keep ordering.”

In the Wall Street Journal, wine columnist Lettie Teague explores the individuality of grower Champagne. (subscription req.)

Jordan Michelman offers a guide to grower Champagne in Eater.

In Food & Wine, Jaime Brown highlights 15 programs that support a more diverse wine, beer and spirits industry.

In Sprudge, Alexander Gable writes extensively about Josko Gravner, Friuli, and his amber wines. “Josko Gravner is a man driven by belief… His work is now synonymous with quality, and the orange wines he makes have in turn inspired a generation of winemakers around the world.”

On his site, Tim Atkin details “the trouble” with China. “The bright lights and thrusting skyscrapers of Shanghai are seductive; at its best, China has an undeniable sense of energy. But that energy is built on an appalling, infrequently acknowledged truth.”

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