Daily Wine News: A Comeback in Napa

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 06-13-2022

(Source: Realm Cellars)

“Edgy Napa winery Realm Cellars, known for its high-end Bordeaux-style bottlings with Shakespearean labels, has purchased Houyi Vineyard and Nine Suns Winery in Pritchard Hill, the crown jewel of Napa Valley,” reports Jess Lander in the San Francisco Chronicle. “The acquisition caps a decade-long ripening at Realm, which has staged an astonishing comeback after facing bankruptcy in 2011. Today, the winery owns vineyards in three of Napa Valley’s most prized subregions for Cabernet Sauvignon production: Stags Leap, Coombsville and now Pritchard Hill.”

Jancis Robinson says farewell to “Mr. Pinot,” Josh Jensen, 78, founder of Calera and champion of Mount Harlan AVA, who has died after a prolonged period of ill health. “The California wine scene is the poorer for his loss.”

With climate heating up grand cru vineyards in Burgundy, will the once-ignored Hautes-Côtes regions come into their own? Vicki Denig investigates in Wine-Searcher.

On Tim Atkin’s site, Andy Neither makes a plea for better British wine lists. “Part of it may be English people’s worry about mispronouncing a foreign name and looking stupid. It’s not a worry that seems to trouble many Americans, for example, though maybe when you run the world rather than being a clapped-out, post-imperial power, you can afford not to give a toss. But our cultural cringe before the mythical figure of the snooty French wine waiter still casts a shadow.”

Food & Wine announces its 2022 class of Game Changers.

In the New York Times, Eric Asimov highlights 12 rosés to drink this summer—and all year long.

In Travel + Leisure, Alison Fox offers an introduction to the meanings of sustainable, biodynamic and organic wine.

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