Daily Wine News: Cakebread’s Innocence

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(Photo credit: Cakebread Cellars)

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley reports on how Napa’s Cakebread Cellars absolved itself of starting last year’s Glass Fire. “If Cakebread’s vineyard fence were found to have sparked the Glass Fire, and if the winery were found guilty of negligence or another statutory violation, it would have been vulnerable to lawsuits from Cal Fire, the state’s firefighting agency, as well as the owners of 650 destroyed homes…So the Cakebreads jumped to action. Rather than wait for Cal Fire to complete a report on the fire’s origins, a process that could take upwards of a year, the winery undertook its own investigation.”

In SevenFifty Daily, Courtney Schiessl Magrini makes the case for premium Vinho Verde. “While many simpler Vinho Verdes taste similar, these more complex versions showcase the region’s potential for diversity. Many are labeled by grape variety or subregion (or both), and some are vinified using atypical techniques like skin maceration, barrel fermentation, or amphora aging.”

In PUNCH, Megan Krigbaum explores the story of Ameztoi Rubentis, the rosé txakoli that has maintained one of the most loyal, and unlikely, cult followings in wine.

“Global warming has forced wine regions around the world to consider new grape varietals that can better withstand the forecasted rise in temperatures. One such wine grape, Marselan, appears to be gaining more traction in Bordeaux, China and Napa Valley,” writes Liz Thach in Forbes.

In the Drop, Roger Morris looks at how cork closures are making a comeback.

In the Drinks Business, Sarah Neish ponders the future of orange wine from Argentina.

In Wine-Searcher, Vicki Denig talks to wine retailers about the importance of brand loyalty.

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