Wine Tidbits

By Gerald Montoya | Interesting babel from the world of wine.

Natural Wine Is a Runaway Train, And It Might Be Time to Hit the Brakes

5 minute Read<p>There is no official Natural Wine Movement. I think that’s why so many people struggle with it. Natural wines are not as codified as, …

If You Do Anything in 2018 …

Never mind resolutions. How about temptations? Allow me to offer a few possibilities.<p><b>If you read one wine book in 2018, read this one.</b> Most of us …

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How Millennials Are Changing the Wine-Selling Game

Some may find millennials’ unsubtle embrace of kale, unicorns, and Instagram tough to take, but the widespread mockery has become as predictable and …

Insurance payouts may not cover all wildfire damage for California wineries

(Reuters) - Wineries damaged by wildfires tearing through Northern California are starting insurance claims, and at least some of the smaller vintners are likely to find limits in their policies mean payouts fall short of rebuilding costs.<p>Gaps in coverage and a spike in rebuilding costs, typical …

Insurance

2017 Harvest Report: French Wineries Picking Smallest Crop Since 1945

As vignerons across France pick this year’s grape harvest, they can only wonder at what might have been if Mother Nature hadn't been so cruel. A year …

Agriculture

Closures: Part 4 – Synthetic solution for grand cru Burgundy

Our penultimate installment on closures considers synthetics and their adoption to seal the world’s most valuble wines.<p>Laurent Ponsot has sealed …

Hard Choices: Amphorae and concrete tanks give beverage producers new, old options.

The origin of making wine in clay is subject to some debate. Greeks and Romans, of course, were fermenting grape juice thousands of years ago. But …

Wine

More than letters: How the MW process has changed me.

It was 2008–just when the recession was really beginning to hit home for many. I was home for the summer from grad school trying to find anyone …

Wine

Corks fight back

<i>21 August 2017 See an interesting addition at the bottom of this article. See also</i> <i>More on Diam</i> <i>published today.</i><p><i>19 August 2017 A shorter version of</i> …

Taking the Temperature of Wine Service

Maybe it was all the chilled, light-bodied red wines that I’d seen my professional wine contemporaries chugging directly from bottles on Instagram, …

Years of debate ends with new Bourgogne Côte D’Or approval

By Barnaby Eales<p>Published: 21 August, 2017<p>French authorities have approved Bourgogne Côte D’Or, a new regional appellation, which could become a new …

The Top Wine Regions of the World

Red, white or rosé? With increasing diversification, wine is enjoyed by enthusiasts around the world. Vineyards are emerging in new and surprising …

Wine

The billionaire trying to make the world's best Pinot Noir

<b>Tech entrepreneur TJ Rodgers made billions of dollars founding silicon chip maker Cypress Semiconductors, now he has turned his sights to wine-making, and is on a quest to make the best Pinot Noir in the New World.</b><p>A collapse in the roof of a gigantic tunnel being driven into a hillside sounds like …

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Pierre Cotton: A New Dawn On Mont Brouilly

<i>After two years of releasing tiny quantities of his own cult cru Beaujolais, young Côte de Brouilly winemaker PIERRE COTTON is taking the reins of</i> …

Meet Black Chardonnay

The search for the soul of Chardonnay has been labyrinthine. There have been so many wrong turns. So many dead ends. So many retreats and …

Bedrock Wine Co. takes over Contra Costa’s old-vine Evangelho Vineyard

Image 1of/4<p>Caption<p>Close<p>In a deal that marries already intertwined Bay Area wines and vines, Bedrock Wine Co. has taken over the Evangelho Vineyard in …

How the Wine Industry Is Fueled by Beer

Emmy Reis<p>People love to choose sides. Whether it’s politics, sex, or who’s got the best ribs in town, everyone has an opinion. Sometimes, I’m all for …

Sonoma County

Jefford on Monday: Europe’s screwcap kings

Andrew Jefford finds out why cork looks finished in Franconia – and much more...<p>European wine-producers are generally reluctant to adopt screwcap …

2017 Loire - what's left of it

Brave faces were on display in the Loire last week, when I visited with a group of Russian sommeliers for a programme of tastings and producer …

Vintage

First Cava ‘grand cru’ sites are chosen

Spain's government has approved 12 Cava grape growing sites to sit above all others in a new top-level classification designed to promote …

Is Sauvignon Blanc the World’s Most Reliably Good White Wine?

I am obliged, I feel, to preface all I’m about to say with the public confession that I once disliked Sauvignon Blanc. Its intrinsic herbaceous or …

Sonoma County

Northern Rhône's E. Guigal Buys Châteauneuf-du-Pape Estate

<i>This story was updated on July 21.</i><p>E. Guigal, one of the largest and best-known négociants in France’s Rhône Valley and owner of some of the most …

France

The return of the tastevin

<i>Pierazzo da Feltre, one of the honourably mentioned finalists in our wine writing competition, urges us to take up the tastevin again.</i><p>We all are very …

John Deere

Dirk van der Niepoort to create 'new category for wine'

• Facebook<br>• Google+<br>• LinkedIn<p>Portuguese wine producer Dirk van der Niepoort is preparing to launch a brand new label for natural/low SO2 and low alcohol …

Aligoté, Burgundy’s Other White Grape, Makes Its Case

MARSANNAY, France — In a cramped cellar under a courtyard in this small town on the northern edge of Burgundy, Sylvain Pataille drew a sample of a 2016 white wine from an old barrel and filled our glasses.<p>The wine was young and a bit cloudy, but its energy and breadth were already evident, with …

France

PUNCH | How Anjou Became the Capital of Natural Wine

“For me it was a revolution,” Richard Leroy says, as we stand in Les Noëls de Montbenault, one of his small parcels of chenin blanc. “There was …

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Behind the Cellar Door

Learning how to drink, and how to stop.<p>Mrs. Hall, my third-grade teacher at St. John’s Day School, had given the class a homework assignment: draw a floor plan of your parents’ house or apartment. Our house was big, but I did my best to include all the rooms on the first floor—kitchen, dining room, …

Wine

Should Restaurants Offer Guests That First Taste of Wine?

When Eric Hiatt, a litigator in New York, ate recently at Italienne, a new restaurant in Chelsea, he was confounded by what did not happen.<p>Mr. Hiatt, a wine lover, ordered a bottle of Ronco Severo ribolla gialla, and at first all seemed as usual. A sommelier presented the unopened bottle for …

The Three Essential Words for Greatness

It’s arguably the most commonly used phrase in wine appreciation: “It’s a great wine.” Indeed, the concept of “great” underlies all sorts of wine …