Daily Wine News: Appreciating Old Vines

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 08-01-2022

Old vines in Lodi, CA. (Source: Lodi Native)

On JancisRobinson.com, Tamlyn Currin on the importance of old vines. “We don’t always appreciate the importance of old vines and old vineyards when it comes to the climate crisis. It’s not all about romantic stories and the history that they represent. Old vines play a vital role when it comes to the long-term future of the wine industry in the face of rapid climate change and the reality of increasingly extreme climate events. A number of winegrowers have told me that their old vines cope much better with heatwaves, drought, frost, flooding and disease pressure than their young vines or vines from modern clones do.”

In wine regions across Europe, spring was dry and summer has brought record temperatures, shrinking the potential harvest and sparking wildfires. Wine Spectator looks at how heat is affecting European vineyards.

In the World of Fine Wine, Jim Clarke reports from Snake River Valley in Idaho, an under-explored, but increasingly exciting corner of the Pacific Northwest’s winemaking scene.

Can new strategies breathe life into some of Napa’s most storied wine brands? Zach Geballe explores the answer in VinePair. “…Beaulieu Vineyards, Louis M. Martini, and Robert Mondavi Winery…have now moved into a new and different phase, each initiated after a recent acquisition by a major beverage conglomerate. While each has a slightly different history and strategy, all are looking to find ways to connect their legendary pasts to the future of luxury wine and hospitality in Napa Valley.”

In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre finds that American rosé just keeps getting better and better.

In the Drop, Pam Strayer explains why Europeans and Americans have a different definition of organic wine.

Longtime Wine & Spirits Magazine editor Tara Q. Thomas is moving on.

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