Daily Wine News: Alpine California

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 01-25-2023

Mount Shasta.

In PUNCH, Rebecca Grant explores Iruai wines, made by Chad Hinds, the winemaker behind Methode Sauvage, from California’s first alpine wine region in the shadow of Mount Shasta. “As with wine regions near the Alps, the area around Mount Shasta is at a higher elevation and has a continental climate. It has a short and intense growing season, which Hinds believes creates the tension between high acidity and ripe fruit flavors typical of many alpine white wines, as well as the bold texture and power that places the wines firmly in California.”

Despite a woeful growing season, 2021 Rhône wines are good – and you get them without paying a fortune, says Margaret Rand in Wine-Searcher.

Direct-to-Consumer wine shipments in the United States fell by more than 10 percent by volume in 2022, according to a new report on the state of the DtC market. Kerana Todorov delves into the report’s findings on WineBusiness.com.

In VinePair, Nicolette Baker also looks at how direct-to-consumer wine sales have changed from pandemic-era peaks to today.

The 1,300+ acre collection of vineyards and land commonly referred to as the Paicines Vineyards located within San Benito County, California, was recently sold to the Wine Group.

Kylie Minogue’s alcohol-free sparkling rosé is flying off shelves, reports the Drinks Business. “Kylie’s 0% alcohol Sparkling Rosé, launched in December, which sold one bottle every ten seconds over the Christmas period, and that’s without the sales that will no doubt be garnered during Dry January.”

In Town & Country, Jay McInerney explores Mexico’s Guadalupe Valley.

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