Daily Wine News: Ukrainian Wine’s Future

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 06-17-2022

In Wine Enthusiast, Evan Rail reports on how Russia’s war on Ukraine is threatening decades of winemaking process. “In recent years, Ukrainian winemakers have looked both outward and inward. They’ve embraced Georgia’s Saperavi grape and others that do well in the Black Sea region, had success with Riesling, Zweigelt, Muscat Ottonel and similar Old World classics, and explored the possibilities of autochthonous varieties like Odessa Black and Telti Kuruk…Such wines will be hard to find in the near future. Local winemakers will need plenty of hard work and assistance to get back to where they were before the invasion started.”

Savigny-lès-Beaune has long been dismissed, but longtime producers and an energetic newer generation is leading a quality revolution. Eric Asimov has the story in the New York Times.

In Wine-Searcher, Oliver Styles reports on claims of sexual harassment against a French winemaker—and the peers who have come to his defense.

Last year’s frosts were a “wake-up call” for Burgundy producers, reports the Drinks Business.

Vines which have spent more than a year growing in zero gravity conditions on board the International Space Station have shown signs of increased resistance to mildew and phylloxera. Scientists hope the research will provide “organic solutions for the future of agriculture on earth.”

On his blog, Alfonso Cevola says it’s time to reconsider the wine press trip. “I am not against press trips or junkets, per se. I do believe though, that the current structure of press trips/junkets is sorely in need of an overhaul…Does this really work anymore? Did it ever?”

Zach Geballe explores multi-fruit wines in VinePair.

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