Daily Wine News: Silly Yet Serious

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Yetti and the Kokonut wines from Australia. (Photo source: Vine Street Imports)

In Bloomberg, Elin McCoy looks at wines with “silly” and “funny” names. “My rule of thumb has long been that if a wine has to use a funny name to get you to grab it, the liquid inside the bottle probably doesn’t have much to say for itself…They’re part of a new wave of wines with tongue-in-cheek names that range from silly to punny to in-your-face sexist. But the point isn’t to cover up for weakness in the wine. Edgy winemakers are using the names to signal how different their wines are from traditional estates’ conventional vino.”

On his blog, Alder Yarrow shares what this year’s Premier Napa Valley event was like. “Much to everyone’s surprise and pleasure, it turned out that many people didn’t actually need to taste the wines in advance in order to snap up the 149 lots on offer. The hybrid online-in-person auction brought in $2.7 million dollars, certainly less than the $3.9 million raised just before the pandemic hit, but with 60 to 70 fewer auction lots and the other extenuating circumstances, it’s hard not to look at this as something of a triumph.”

On WineBusiness.com, Erin Kirschenmann explores what information consumers want to see on a wine label versus what professionals need.

In the Drop, Sarah May Grunwald looks at how a new generation of Italian winemakers is discovering the benefits of chestnut wood barrels.

Jamie Rubin explains why you should be aging you rosé in VinePair.

In Wine Enthusiast, Sarah E. Daniels pens an essay about how a certain wine got her through a challenging move during the pandemic.

Mike Veseth, the wine economist, reviews Ben Little’s book about one of Italy’s forgotten grape varieties: Pignolo: Cultivating the Invisible.

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