Daily Wine News: Old vs. New

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 08-09-2023

“One of the most glaring issues with the Old vs New dichotomy is historical inaccuracy…For instance, let’s say we adopt the mindset of some European winemakers and define “Old World” as places where Ancient Romans planted vines: France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and Portugal. Curiously absent from this list is Greece, which also produced wine during that time, but isn’t presently considered part of wine’s “Old World.” We’re also ignoring recent archeological evidence that the world’s first winemaking equipment was in what we now call Georgia, another country confusingly absent from the “Old World” umbrella.” In Food & Wine, Emily Saladino makes a plea to stop describing wine as “Old World” or “New World.” 

When large bodies of water, like the Pacific Ocean, create temperature inversions in the atmosphere, it upends growing norms for coastal and mountain vineyards. In SevenFifty Daily, Shana Clarke explores the impact of atmospheric inversion layers in viticulture.

France’s wine harvest in 2023 may end up around last year’s level, with above-average production in Champagne and Burgundy compensating for disease in the Bordeaux area, reports Rudy Ruitenberg in Decanter.

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Jess Lander gets a look inside Mondavi Winery’s temporary tasting room — with views of the Napa River — during the iconic estate’s renovation.

On WineBusiness.com, Pam Strayer reports on the celebration of life recently held for the late Paul Dolan, former president of Fetzer Vineyards and Bonterra founder.

With the quality of Turkish wines increasingly recognized, the Drinks Business talks to the CEO of Chamlija Wines about the region’s complex history of winemaking.

Shoshi Parks highlights off-the-beaten path wine regions in Smithsonian Magazine.

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