In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley looks into how winemakers who mistakenly planted mislabeled Mourvedre cuttings are now embracing Graciano, the grape the cuttings really were. “But more than anything, the winemakers went along with it because they liked this new Mourvedre selection. In fact, some liked it better than actual Mourvedre.”
“French wine production in 2018 will be between 46 and 48 million hectolitres, up 27% over 2017 and a 7% increase compared to the average of the last five years,” reports Yohan Castaing in Decanter.
In Bloomberg, Elin McCoy reports on the efforts winemakers in Champagne are making in the fight against climate change. “Only seven grape varieties are permitted in Champagne. In addition to the three most important, four mostly forgotten grapes—petite meslier, pinot blanc, fromenteau, and arbane—may gain prominence in the future. Lean, green petit meslier grapes, for example, retain huge acidity, even in very hot vintages.”
In SevenFifty Daily, Katherine Cole looks at how some American winegrowers are rejecting the prevailing monoclone model in American viticulture and revisiting older techniques.
In the New York Times, Florence Fabricant highlights Jancis Robinson’s new wine glass line.
Even Aldi is cashing in on the “natural” orange wine trend. In VinePair, Tim McKirdy reports on the new wine, which will retail around $8.
In Wine-Searcher, Liza B. Zimmerman reports on the efforts the world’s largest cork producer, Amorim, is making to prevent cork taint.
In Meininger’s, Rebecca Gibb on the ageability of New Zealand wines, an excerpt from her new book, The Wines of New Zealand.
Source : http://www.terroirist.com/2018/08/daily-wine-news-mistaken-identity/