In the Daily Beast, Frances Dinkelspiel explores why a small group of American winemakers are planting picardan, a white grape variety from the Rhône Valley. “The winemakers who are growing picardan are not only excited by its taste, but its novelty. In a world dominated by cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, merlot, zinfandel, pinot noir and other major grapes, they hope a wine made from picardan grapes will stand out from the crowd.”
In Decanter, Andrew Jefford ponders the notion of purity in wine. “…purity is in fact the common thread which links the ‘natural’ wine movement with the fine-wine avant-garde in classic regions like Bordeaux or Burgundy. It is a shared ideal, the only point of difference being a degree of dogma regarding sulphur, and what one might call ‘a habit of tasting’.”
Wine Business Monthly and Wines & Vines Magazine will be merging. Tom Wark looks at the history of history of both publications, which have been owned by the same company since 2004.
In Bloomberg, Megan Krigbaum reports that a growing number of sommeliers are rethinking their dessert wines list.
Liora Levin explores the wine landscape of Norway in Meininger’s.
In Grape Collective, Christopher Barnes talks to Giacomo Tincani of La Basia about the uniqueness of wines from the Valtènesi DOC.
In Punch, Jon Bonné offers an insider’s guide to pét-nat.
Source : http://www.terroirist.com/2018/08/daily-wine-news-american-picardan/