Daily Wine News: Post-Natural Wine

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 06-09-2021

Are we entering the post-natural wine era? Jamie Goode offers his opinion in VinePair. “So as these methods become more widespread, where does natural wine finish and conventional wine start? These days, it’s hard to tell…The result of all these changes is the blurring of lines between authentic, terroir-driven wine-growing and “natural” winemaking. And if the natural wine movement’s true purpose was to make the industry reconsider its position on issues ranging from farming to the need for additions and interventions in the winery, then its job is done.”

In SevenFifty Daily, Betsy Andrews highlights the new generation of Mexican-American winemakers. “For decades, the American wine industry has been powered by their people’s labor…Yet, the number of winemakers of Mexican heritage is few…They share a commitment to their identity, and to the hard work, community, and aspirational history that has driven the success of the generations before them.”

Wine subscription club Winc has acquired Natural Merchants, which up to now has supplied wine to restaurants and retailers like Whole Foods. Arianne Cohen shares more details in Fast Company.

A winery in Lake County is suing a grape growing company for allegedly selling them smoke-tainted grapes, according to the North Bay Business Journal. Langtry Farms claims that grapes delivered to them by Santa Rosa-based Torick Farms (a company run by a former top executive with Jackson Family Wines) harvested during last year’s wildfires ruined a number of tanks of wine.

In Modern Farmer, Dan Nosowitz reports that Texas wine grape growers are suing Bayer-Monsanto over dicamba drift damage. Some growers report the pesticide has caused losses of up to 95 percent.

On his blog, Jamie Goode calls Montebaco “one of the most exciting producers in Ribera del Duero.”

In TRINK Magazine, Steven Sidore considers the winners and losers of the revised German wine law. “The 2021 wine law framers soon found, in classic German fashion, that one pyramid simply wasn’t enough.”

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