Daily Wine News: Insurance Issues

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 07-13-2021

The Kincade Wildfire from 2019. (Photo credit: @amyhollyfield)

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley reports on the impact of California wineries losing their fire insurance. “With a severe drought and a fire already sparking in early July, the insurance difficulties underscore a challenging reality: California wineries have very few ways to prepare for a worst-case wildfire scenario this year… The implications for an uninsured winery are far-reaching.”

“After more than 40 years under tobacco company ownership, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates has been sold to a private equity firm for $1.2 billion,” reports the Seattle Times.

“No winery in the world is more important to its region than Ste Michelle Wine Estates is to Washington,” writes W. Blake Gray in Wine-Searcher. “But after the company was sold last week…it’s fair to wonder if Chateau Ste Michelle will even be a Washington brand going forward.”

“Why are some wines so hotly sought after? Which bottles do you go ‘wow’ at, when someone pulls them out at a wine dinner? Why are some wines almost mythical in their reputation, while others equally well scored in blind tastings never in that peer group?” On his blog, Jamie Goode explores what he sees as two steps to establishing greatness in a wine. “The first is liking: the wine tastes really good and you like it the first time you try it. But then there’s also coolness, which usually includes desirability and rarity in the mix.”

On JancisRobinson.com, Alder Yarrow reports on how the recent heatwave in the Northwest affected vineyards. (subscription req.)

“Wine glassware today is less about rules and more about joy.” In Wine Enthusiast, Angela Burke explores how our relationship with wine glasses has changed.

In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre considers the meaning of Robert Parker Wine Advocate adding a filter for organic and biodynamic wines.

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