Daily Wine News: The Next Greats

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 02-21-2023

The Great Lakes.

In VinePair, Mickey Lyons explores the growing wine scene across the Great Lakes region — from Michigan to Ohio to New York. “The five Great Lakes are lined with fertile soil and hold more than 20 percent of the world’s fresh water. And, as climate change brings fires and droughts that devastate wine regions in California and Oregon, vineyards in the area are attracting talent with an eye toward the future of American wine.”

Wine producers in New Zealand are facing power cuts and water shortages as they begin the 2023 harvest in cyclone-ravaged regions. Martin Green shares updates in Decanter.

The Wall Street Journal reports on how Connecticut’s supermarkets are fighting for the right to sell wine, currently restricted by state law to package stores. “On one end of the fight, grocers such as Geissler’s have launched a campaign this year to allow the sale of wine in grocery stores, a practice that is already legal in most states. They argue putting wine alongside the beer already on their shelves will make things more convenient for customers who can grab a bottle along with their groceries. It will also boost sales in a low-margin business. Their rival package stores, such as Kaman’s, say they will lose revenue and, in some instances, be forced to cut staff or close down.”

For CBC, Cathy Kearney reports on the push for more Black winemakers in Canadian wine.

According to the Drinks Business, Bordeaux estate Château Chasse-Spleen has acquired neighboring estate Château Brillette, making it the largest property in the Moulis-en-Médoc appellation.

On his blog, Alfonso Cevola remembers Abruzzo winemaker Dino Illuminati, who died last week.

Consumers’ thirst for sauvignon blanc are causing some vintners in Napa and Sonoma counties to look elsewhere in the North Coast appellation for high-quality fruit,” says Jeff Quackenbush in the North Bay Business Journal.

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