Daily Wine News: Drying Up

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 08-04-2022

An irrigated vineyard. (Wikimedia)

Irrigation is largely banned in European vineyards. On JancisRobinson.com, Yishai Netzer and Eran Pick argue that it’s high time to change the rules. “Winegrowers around the world know the changes in the vineyards all too well. Climate change affects everyone, as witness the Po River drying up; major heatwaves in France, Spain and Portugal; huge wildfires in California and Australia; and winters with almost no chill in eastern Mediterranean coastal areas. How will these changes in climate affect the terroir of the classic wines we love so much?”

Reuters looks at how drought is taking a toll on Tuscany’s olive oil and wine production.

In TRINK, Rainer Schäfer explores how certain wines channel our moods and perceptions in different ways, and the German vintner who looked at how different wines serve as a catalyst for different moods.

In VinePair, Julia Coney explores the future of great wines being made in Oregon beyond Pinot Noir. “Although other white and red grape varieties are planted in Oregon, Pinot Noir is the grape that is most planted and well known. Could it be time Oregon plants more grape varieties able to withstand the changing climate?…As the fifth largest wine-producing region in the U.S., Oregon could be a leader in increasing production of lesser-known grapes, setting a trend for other regions experiencing similar issues and skirting expectations that a region can only be known for one type of wine.”

In Wine Enthusiast, Jacy Topps writes about one trip that changed her partner’s view of wine.

Betsy Andrews explores Mendocino County’s new Sparkling Wine Trek in Food & Wine.

In Decanter, Richard Mayson offers an overview of Quinta do Noval, the famed port producer known for its Nacional bottlings.

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