Sommelier Anthony Cailan was hailed recently as a rising star in the wine world. Now four women have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse. Julia Moskin investigates in the New York Times. “In every region of the world and at every level, the wine business remains overwhelmingly dominated by men. Women have made some inroads in the last two decades, especially in the niche market of natural wines… But even there, women say they are far from being considered equals. Interviews with more than 30 women in the industry suggest that sexual harassment is routine and sexual assault is pervasive.”
Victoria James considers the lack of diversity in the NYC wine scene in Eater NY. “In the fine dining world, it’s not uncommon for beverage sales to be responsible for a third to half of a restaurant’s sales. To become a wine buyer, one usually trains for years as a sommelier or an apprentice. What is the impact of mostly white men occupying these influential roles?”
In VinePair, Zach Geballe explores the rise of cold-soaking as wine science evolves.
In Quartz, Tim Fernholz reports that French startup, Space Cargo Unlimited, planned to “launch a dozen bottles of the finest wine to the International Space Station on a rocket built by Northrop Grumman. They are believed to be the first glass bottles flown to the orbiting laboratory.”
Château La Tour de Mons has been sold to the Perrodo family, in the largest Bordeaux vineyard sale of the year, reports Sophie Kevany in Meininger’s.
In Grape Collective, Lisa Denning talks to Laura Catena about her hope that Argentine wine, in her words, “can compete with the greatest wines in the world.”
Chris Mercer takes a look at smoke taint in Decanter.
Source : http://www.terroirist.com/2019/11/daily-wine-news-reckonings/