The Telegraph reports that Queen Elizabeth has “latched onto the English sparkling wine craze” by producing 3,000 bottles from her own vineyard on the Windsor Great Park estate.
Wine Enthusiast highlights Burgundy’s new generation of négociants. “These new négociants have risen to the challenge, spread their bets and combined both sides of Burgundy to bring domaine and trader together.”
“Century-old vines have been destroyed and up to 100 vineyards damaged in wildfires that Chilean authorities have declared the ‘worst forestry disaster in the nation’s history’,” reports Amanda Barnes in Decanter.
North American wineries grew in number to 9,872 as 2017 began, an increase of 5% from a year ago, according to Wines & Vines. California leads with 4,202 wineries, followed by Washington and Oregon.
How does prosecco’s popularity stand up to the ambitions of Franciacorta? In Wine-Searcher, Katie Smith crunches the numbers and discovers which Italian sparkler is more popular in Italy.
In Vinous, Josh Raynolds shares his thoughts on new releases from Spain. “Covering the Spanish wine world…is endlessly frustrating… Unlike, say, France, where virtually every region releases its wines in a predictable rhythm, Spain in a given year might have new offerings of white and red wines that span up to a decade of vintages.”
Jim Mullen from New Jersey’s The Frog and the Peach chats Beaujolais, Picpoul, and Spanish wines in Wine & Spirits Magazine.
On the blog for First Vine, Tom Natan ponders wine’s pleasure — or lack thereof — while sick.