Daily Wine News: Burgundy’s Future

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 03-31-2021

The vineyards of Burgundy.

What is the future for Burgundy wines in the U.S.? Christy Canterbury looks ahead in SevenFifty Daily. “While Burgundy remarkably held its own in terms of global exports—volumes up 0.8 percent and revenue down only 0.8 percent over 2019—the drop off in the American market reveals that the 18 months of U.S.-imposed tariffs on French wines (referred to as “la taxe Trump” in France) were more damaging to sales than the pandemic.”

Has Chianti Classico finally outgrown its French influence? James Lawrence looks at the DOCG’s evolution in Wine-Searcher. “Tuscany is full of delicious bottles which exploit the international renown of French grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon. Why, then, do we need Chianti Classicos with dollops of Merlot and Cabernet? Are they inherently better wines? Do they truly enhance the final product? I’d argue not: I’ve never tasted a blended style that was superior to a 100 percent Sangiovese hallmark.”

In the Wall Street Journal’s Opinion section, wine collector Rob Arnott wants restaurants to do away with wine corkage fees. “If wine collectors are desirable customers, because of their overall spending and because they introduce friends to the restaurant, why not have rules that welcome them, while discouraging the corkage-to-save-money crowd? Perhaps set corkage at the median price on the wine list. Perhaps set a minimum bill per person, if customers bring wines of their own.” (subscription req.)

“If there’s one stylistic trend that has marked the past seven or eight years, it’s a turn away from high-alcohol, super-ripe wines—red or white—toward lighter, more savory styles.” In Food & Wine, Ray Isle highlights elegant wines from cooler-climate regions.

San Francisco may have a wine thief, reports Esther Mobley, and they’re into fancy Italian wine bottles.

In Club Oenologique, David Kermode looks at the unstoppable rise of rosé.

In Wine Enthusiast, Amy Beth Wright does a deep dive into the Texas High Plains region.

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