Daily Wine News: Terroir Troubles

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In the Drop, Zach Geballe says our obsession with terroir gives winemakers a get-out-of-jail-free card. “The problem is that calling your wine a wine of terroir has become a get-out-of-jail-free card for those throughout the wine industry. Did your grapes fail to ripen properly? That’s just your terroir speaking. Did you just plant a vineyard three years ago and the results are underwhelming, but you’ve got bills to pay? Slap on a single-vineyard designation and charge big bucks because you’re exploring the terroir of your little corner of nowhere. Did raging forest fires leave your wine tasting like an ashtray? Terroir!”

In SevenFifty Daily, Joshua M. Bernstein looks at how many craft breweries are embracing various aspects of winemaking by producing natural wines, piquettes, fruited spritzes, and more.

In Wine Enthusiast, Michelle Williams explores the people and lands of Chile’s Indigenous wine movement.

“For the second time this year, the Supreme Court declined without comment Tuesday to hear a case in which a lower court ruling seemed to contradict its guidance on retail stores shipping wine,” reports W. Blake Gray in Wine-Searcher. “The case, Sarasota Wine Market v Schmitt, revolved around Missouri consumers trying to order wine from a retail store in Florida. Missouri allows local wine shops to ship to its residents, but not out-of-state shops.”

In Barron’s, former senior advisor at the US Department of Treasury Dan Katz explains what’s going on with the wine market, and why inflation may be here to stay.

Tom Wark thinks there isn’t a gatekeeping problem in wine.

In VinePair, Laurie Wilson talks to Doreen Winkler about her new orange wine boutique, Orange Glou.

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