Daily Wine News: Indigenous Labels

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 08-26-2021

“Commune” wine from Peramangk Country.
Photo by Rachel Signer

In Wine Enthusiast, Rachel Signer reports on how some Australian winemakers are pushing to recognize Indigenous land names on their wine labels. “While some worry about tokenism, others believe these are enormously important changes. They represent not just semantic shifts, but also an effort for Australians to reckon with collective pasts—and futures.”

In VinePair, Layla Khoury-Hanold looks at how Oregon winemakers repurposed smoke-tainted wine grapes to make rosé. “Many winemakers employed techniques outside their usual winemaking processes, such as micro-fermentations, less skin contact (no cold soaks or extended maceration), use of activated carbon, or treatments such as adding yeast or oak, and hoping for the best.”

In Wine-Searcher, Christy Canterbury MW reflects on the loss of her friend and mentor, the Burgundy phenomenon Becky Wasserman-Hone.

Oset Babür profiles “Sauvignon Blanc Savant” and winemaker Chris Christensen in Food & Wine.

Lettie Teague highlights a number of fun winery T-shirts in the Wall Street Journal. (subscription req.)

In Club Oenologique, Chris Howard examines the overlaps of wine and waves by profiling some surfing winemakers.

In Decanter, Elizabeth Gabay MW charts the history of Domaines Ott and explores the winemaking philosophy at this highly regarded Provence producer, known for top rosé wines made across its three estates. (subscription req.)

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