In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley reports on Hess Collection’s reopening after weathering an earthquake, landslide, and fire. “Wineries are accustomed to being at the mercy of Mother Nature. But in recent years the Hess Collection, on Napa Valley’s Mount Veeder, has gotten a lot more of her than it ever bargained for…But now Hess is back, at long last. Just before Labor Day, the company unveiled Lion’s Head, its new winery and tasting room, a $5 million renovation of the building destroyed by the earthquake.”
In Meininger’s, Felicity Carter reports on a new initiative by Österreichische Traditionsweingüter (ÖTW), or Association of Traditional Austrian Winemakers, who have been working together on a special project: the Erste Lagen (first growths).
The oldest grape varieties in South America have been sidelined for the past hundred years, but a new generation is now reclaiming its lost winemaking heritage as Criolla varieties re-emerge from the shadows. Amanda Barnes delves into the story in Decanter. (subscription req.)
America welcomes 24 new Master Sommeliers.
Michael Edwards reviews Champagne: The Future Uncorked by Gert Crum in the World of Fine Wine.
In Wine-Searcher, Liza B. Zimmerman talks to Rob McMillan of the Silicon Valley Bank Wine Division about the future of wine marketing and sales.
Mike Veseth, the wine economist, shares five surprising facts about U.S. wine sales.
On his blog, W. Blake Gray explores the “polarizing” Lacrima di Morro d’Alba.
Source : http://www.terroirist.com/2018/09/daily-wine-news-hess-collection-is-back/