Daily Wine News: River Conservation

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 02-24-2023

The Colorado River runs through Palisade in western Colorado, home to vineyards and peach orchards.

Rivers have sustained wine regions for centuries, but many are facing risks due to climate change, development, and pollution. In Wine Enthusiast, Kristen Richard looks at the wineries and regions working to conserve their local rivers.

Some of the Chile’s oldest vines have been affected as fires spread across the Itata Valley. In Wine Spectator, Aaron Romano reports on how vintners are assessing the destruction and organizing relief efforts.

In VinePair, Keith Beavers explores the importance of the American AVA system. “For budding winemakers and established producers seeking expansion, AVAs act as a calling card — concrete proof that a) winemaking is already happening there and b) the conditions are ripe for quality viticulture. The establishment of a new AVA is a shining beacon that says “get in on the ground floor while you still can” — can’t really do that in the Old World! — and also offers the opportunity for innovation and experimentation. That’s about as American as it gets.”

Tablas Creek is filing “a petition to recognize Muscardin for use as a grape variety name on wine labels in the United States.”

Over the past couple of years, residential developers have increased their wine programs, hiring specialists, hosting private tastings and even providing ritzy storing options to house one’s elaborate collection. In the New York Times, All Strauss delves into the many wine perks of living in certain luxury condos.

Collector thirst for the top Burgundy 2021 en primeur wines has been strong, according to Chris Mercer in Decanter, but the campaign also played out to a backdrop of pricing concerns and mixed views on the market’s direction.

Napa’s Silver Oak just bought the State Ranch Vineyard, reports Esther Mobley in the San Francisco Chronicle.

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