Daily Wine News: Lighten Up

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Heavy bottles are out, says Wine Enthusiast’s Virginie Boone, who looks at how some wineries are trying to lessen their carbon footprint by using lighter wine bottles.

“US and EU negotiators in Brussels and Washington are putting the four-month moratorium on taxes introduced on both sides of the Atlantic in retaliation for the civil aviation dispute (and subsidies to aircraft manufacturers Airbus and Boeing) to good use. As the deadline approaches, confidential technical discussions continue, with 11 July marking the end of the suspension of 25% customs duties on still wines and certain spirits,” reports Vitisphere.

California’s Grand Cru vineyards are emerging, reports Kathleen Willcox in Wine-Searcher. “While California is unlikely to ever formally recognize these rock star vineyards, that doesn’t mean we can’t. We also wanted to understand just what makes these places so distinctly phenomenal, and if and how much the growers and winemakers work together to determine what happens in the vineyard.”

Elsewhere in Wine-Searcher, W. Blake Gray looks at how a new generation of Pinotage—once derided as smelling of burnt rubber—is finding favor with wine lovers.

On his blog, Alfonso Cevola talks to Italian wine expert Ian D’Agata, who declares his disdain for natural wines. “I will try any and all wines, so my cellar is a real mixed bag. But I guess people would be surprised if they ever were to see a “natural” wine that stinks, because I literally hate them, and view them as an absolute plague born out of ignorance.”

A coalition of winemakers—the Malibu Coast Vintners and Grape Growers Alliance Inc. and John Gooden, the president of Montage Vineyards—is suing Los Angeles County and its Board of Supervisors over a ban on new vineyards in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Tablas Creek shares how Covid-19 changed their tasting room model for good.

Are Napa Valley grape prices sustainable? Cyril Penn looks into their pricing on WineBusiness.com.

How much do we currently know about the relationship between grape and wine phenolics and cell water? One study delves into it.

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