“Throughout California, the wine industry is facing a major oversupply problem, and some farmers say it could drive them out of business. Fueled by a high-yielding crop in 2018 and slowing wine sales, wineries are cutting back on production. Grape growers, faced with an unprecedented challenge, are scrambling to find buyers, with many resorting to selling for rock-bottom prices before the grapes begin to rot on the vine,” reports Esther Mobley in the San Francisco Chronicle. “The predicament raises a troubling question: Is this a sign that the California wine industry is headed for an economic downturn?”
In the New York Times, Eric Asimov talks with some of the importers most affected by the coming 25% American tariff on certain European wines below 14 percent ABV.
Jim Boyce checks in on the natural wine craze in China for Meininger’s. “While the scene is still small, it is tapping a younger consumer niche focused on exploring wine rather than just buying the default status-oriented brands.”
Mike Veseth, the wine economist, reviews Jonathan Nossiter’s book, Cultural Insurrection: A Manifesto for Arts, Agriculture, and Natural Wine.
In Wine Spectator, Tim Fish visits with Sonoma Zinfandel and Rhône-style reds star Jeff Cohn. (subscription req.)
In Forbes, Liza B. Zimmerman talks to Paul Mabray about the latest trends in the wine industry.
In SOMM Journal, Jessie Birschbach talks to Karen MacNeil about writing a third edition of The Wine Bible.
Source : http://www.terroirist.com/2019/10/daily-wine-news-trouble-ahead/