Interesting reading this week for oenophiliacs:
In the Financial Times, Jancis Robinson takes on the potent issue of potent wines, including recent arguments that rising alcohol levels aren’t because of global warming or more efficient yeasts, but because winemakers are intentionally making wine that way. And she points out consumers may not all be complaining: “An occasional, recreational drinker on a budget, on the other hand, may well actively seek out those bottles that promise the heftiest hit,” she says.
Recent good press about Virginia’s wine industry has the state’s agriculture secretary, Todd Haymore, waving his pom poms in a rousing cheer in the pages of Charlottesville’s Daily Progress. But don’t they know that already in C’ville?
More on the regional wine front with this TV news report about increased sales of Tennessee wine – up 10% each of the last few years. Notice the surprise in the newscaster’s voice that a local wine could be successful. There’s a good shout-out for Virginia’s sales record, too.
Talk about minerality: Here’s a Chilean wine called “Meteorite” that was aged with a piece of a 6,000-year-old meteor soaking in the barrel. Would the natural wine folks object to that additive? (Hat tip: Allen Clark.)
And Jeff Siegel, aka “The Wine Curmudgeon,” fantasizes about the next silly lawsuit over wine names. Jeff is betting that the lawyers for the makers of Barefoot (Gall0) and flipflop (The Wine Group) will square off over similar names, logos, marketing strategies, and such. One would suspect flipflop has an edge in an election year.