Daily Wine News: Italy, On Its Own

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 03-26-2021

Bottles of Barolo. (Wikimedia)

In Club Oenologique, Sarah Heller argues that Italian wine is done a disservice when its appreciation is based on Bordeaux or Burgundian reference points. “As long as Barolo or Etna remain ‘the Burgundy of Italy’, they will never be the pinnacle of anywhere. I would prefer that Italian producers proactively export their own wine values or else forever remain an eccentric country cousin to France.”

In Vinous, Rebecca Gibb explores the many expressions of Chenin Blanc in the Loire Valley. “It’s clear that the current generation of winemakers nearing retirement age have witnessed a major shift in both the region’s climate and global taste preferences since taking over from their parents in the 1980s.”

In the Buyer, Ines Salpico explains why we need transparency on wine labels.

In Wine-Searcher, Natalie Sellers examines the threat of climate change to wine regions. “Old wine regions that have been successfully established for hundreds of years, thanks to a once stable climate, are now facing adaptations like never before.”

On Tim Atkin’s site, Anne Burchett ponders flawed scoring systems and what is—and isn’t—wrong with wine criticism.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirmed a lower court decision that will make it less prohibitive and less expensive for wine distributors to ship bottles directly to restaurants and bottle shops. Dayna Evans has the details in Eater Philly.

In Wine Enthusiast. Virginia Boone reconsiders the once-maligned 2011 Napa vintage.

In Decanter, Matt Walls on why Syrah is the most adaptable grape in the world. (subscription req.)

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