Jancis Robinson offers an update on non-vintage Champagnes. “The quality of non-vintage champagne, the sort that makes up 94% of all champagne sales, has never been better… The less good news, however, is that many of the champagne houses are underestimating the increasing sophistication of their customers.”
In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre reads Michael Broadbent’s Wine Tasting (published in 1968) for the first time. “Reading this book for the first time, I was struck by how much the wine world has changed over the past half century, as well as by how much Broadbent, now 92 and retired, still influences the way we taste and appreciate wine.”
Valerie Kathawala delves into the winemaking philosophy of Austria’s Weingut Heinrich in Grape Collective. “The Heinrichs make their wines just as they grow them: hand in hand with nature…”
In Terroir Review, Meg Houston Maker explores the results of a new generation of winemakers in Emilia-Romagna. “Historically Romagna’s wines have been somewhat rustic, and until the 1990s, producers commonly sold their yield to the local cooperatives. More recently, a new generation of winemakers has been bottling their wines, modernizing production, and laboring to create products worthy of export.”
Jim Clarke dishes out some love to German Pinot Noir (aka spätburgunder) in Fortune.
Meininger’s talks to Eric Asimov about the value of wine critism.
The inaugural “World’s Best Vineyard Awards” was held last week, naming Zuccardi Valle de Uco in Argentina number 1.
Source : http://www.terroirist.com/2019/07/daily-wine-news-champagne-check/