Daily Wine News: Standing Still

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 07-08-2021

The World of Fine Wine set out to assess the quality of the increasingly fashionable still wines of Champagne. “The archetypal description of old-school Coteaux Champenois rouge was mean, lean, and green, while the whites were typically guilty of being razor-blade sharp and base-winey. But with a growing number of producers putting their hearts and souls into crafting serious still wines—and with climate change contributing—the category is fast evolving.”

Margaret Rand also looks at the growing category of Coteaux Champenois in Wine-Searcher. “In a good year they can be very nice – sometimes even delicious. But they taste like vins clairs. A Coteaux Champenois needs to go beyond this.”

On JancisRobinson.com, Ferran Centelles offers an update from Navarra, Spain’s northern wine region now reveling in its ability to make delicate expressions of Garnacha. (subscription req.)

In TRINK, Ellen Wallace explores Switzerland’s Pfyn Nature Park, home to 80 wineries you can hike to.

Before Napa Valley was a household name, the Missouri River Valley was the capital of the American wine industry. Now, wineries in the Augusta area are plotting a comeback, reports T.J. Olwig in Food & Wine.

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley highlights Revelshine, a new line of Sonoma County wines packaged in aluminum bottles.

In Vinous, Joaquín Hidalgo explores Argentina’s high-altitude white wines.

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