Daily Wine News: New World of Pairings

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 02-17-2021

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“Today, many of the world’s most cutting-edge restaurants eschew the ironed white tablecloths and wine pairings list for bold, multicultural flavors and a vibrant atmosphere. Natural wine, for its part, has helped to democratize how sommeliers and customers alike assign value to wine lists and the idea of pairing. In this conception of restaurants, it can feel difficult to understand what the traditional role of wine pairing is, so intertwined with associations of expense accounts and Western fine dining has it become. It’s worth asking today, what is the place of wine pairings in a much more diverse, democratized food landscape?” Priya Krishna explores the evolving world of food and wine pairings in PUNCH.

In Wine Spectator, MaryAnn Worobiec reports on Penfolds’ latest endeavor, which was just unveiled: “a lineup of four California-based wines from vineyard holdings in Napa, Sonoma and Paso Robles, with prices ranging from $50 to $700. In a twist, two of the bottlings also include a small amount of Australian wine.”

For CNN Business, Ben Westcott looks at how crippling Chinese tariffs are devastating Australia’s billion-dollar wine industry.

Sean P. Sullivan delves into the science of smoke taint in Wine Enthusiast.

In Vinous, Josh Raynolds explores the vast bounty of Central Spain. “Most serious wine drinkers have long been familiar with Central Spain’s most esteemed regions, particularly Ribera del Duero and also Toro and Rueda, which are where most of the region’s best wines are produced, but up-and-coming areas like Campo de Borja, Vinos de Madrid, Carineña and Calatayud are producing an increasing number of serious wines, with prices still lagging behind quality.”

Meininger’s reports on the factors contributing to the drop in French wine exports in 2020.

In Forbes, Lauren Mowery travels to New Zealand via wine.

Whiskey can show terroir like fine wine, suggests a new study. Chris Mercer has the details in Decanter.

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