Daily Wine News: Cool vs. Uncool

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 02-03-2021

Wines today are prized for being “authentic”. But authenticity should relate to what’s in the glass, not the shifting sands of fashion, says Adam Lechmere in Club Oenologique. “Do you remember when Bordeaux was quite the thing? When the Médoc was the reference point for elegance and freshness? When opening a wine from one of great properties of the left or right bank in a fine vintage could be chic as well as elite? Bordeaux is still bankable of course, and there’s no gainsaying the beauty of a great wine. But in a barely perceptible twitch in the tectonic plates of international wine fashion, it’s no longer actually cool.”

South Africa’s government has relaxed a ban on alcohol sales that angered the country’s wine sector, but wineries are still under pressure as the 2021 harvest begins, reports Chris Mercer in Decanter.

“Imagine an industry, on which 290,000 lives are dependent and which generates an annual total income for the economy of R55 billion (approximately $3.6 billion), having sales of its lifeblood banned, not once but three times in less than a year.” Angela Lloyd and Lauren Buzzeo do a deep dive into the impact of South Africa’s alcohol sales ban in Wine Enthusiast. “Vinpro estimated that while many had already shut down as a result of the lockdowns, more than 80 wineries and 350 wine-grape producers would go out of business over the next 18 months, with a potential loss of more than 21,000 jobs.”

“McBride Sisters Collection, one of the largest Black-owned wine companies in the United States, created the She Can Professional Development Fund in 2019 to promote the professional advancement of women in the wine industry… Since then, the fund has grown by more than 600 percent, and will distribute $300,000 in grants to the She Can Thrive class of 2020,” reports MaryAnn Worobiec in Wine Spectator.

On the blog for First Vine, wine importer Tom Natan chronicles the delays and frustrations involved in getting shipments from Europe during Covid times.

“Napa Valley Vintners is running an online library auction starting next week that includes one of the most impressive group of Napa auction wines ever assembled,” shares W. Blake Gray in Wine-Searcher.

In the World of Fine Wine, Brian St. Pierre reviews In Vino Veritas: A Collection of Fine Wine Writing Past and Present, edited by Susan Keevil.

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