Daily Wine News: Blind Tasting

Matt Walls explores the pros and cons of blind tasting on Tim Atkin’s site. “There are some undeniable benefits to blind tasting…Blind tasting does have its drawbacks however. The most irritating – but least discussed – downside is the unpalatable fact that wine doesn’t always behave the way it’s meant to. (If this weren’t a fact, there’d be far fewer wine merchants around selling disappointing Burgundy.) Some wines show inexplicably well on the day of tasting; others show peculiarly badly.”

In Vox, Rachel Sugar reports on what causes “wine teeth,” and why it is not distributed equally among the population. “Is it that straightforward? No, of course not, this is wine we’re talking about; the nuances are endless, we could be here for the rest of our short lives.”

In PUNCH, Jon Bonné highlights his essential wines of 2018. “Today, we’re entering a different kind of precarious territory, where a jaunty tale and a meme-worthy label seem to be all it takes to deem a wine awesome. Taste is now a much harder conversation to have than it used to be. What I mean is that quality still matters—maybe more than ever—and that more than anything  it is what unifies the wines in the 2018 edition of our Hot 25.”

Neal Martin also picks his wines of the year in Vinous.

In the Chicago Tribune, Joseph Hernandez introduces his new wine column. “As I undertake this wine column, it is my sincere hope that I can get you to stop apologizing for not knowing about wine. To help you trust your own palate, your own gut. That’s more important than my opinion, any day.”

The VinePair staff puts together a list of the 10 best wine shops nationwide.

In Wine Enthusiast, Sean P. Sullivan explores the diversity of Washington wine.

2018 Wine Harvest Report: Oregon and Washington Vintners Are Pleased Despite a Hot Summer

Wine Spectator
December 17, 2018

Rain and cooler temperatures arrived just in time to produce balanced wines

Washington withstands the heat

To the north, 2018 delivered a kind growing season for Washington vintners. “The first surprise was how long it lasted,” said Mike Januik, winemaker at Novelty Hill and Januik wineries. “But it was a great vintage overall.”

As in Oregon, Washington experienced a warm growing season, but one balanced by moderate weather as harvest approached. “It was a hot start to the vintage and for a while we thought it would be the hottest on record,” said Juan Muñoz-Oca, head winemaker at Ste. Michelle Wine Estates.

“In June we had very nice weather, and then it got hot all of July and most of August,” said Cayuse winemaker Christophe Baron.

Just before Labor Day, a brief rain shower moved through the state. It brought a breath of cooler air that lasted through much of September and October. “The weather was just perfect,” said Muñoz-Oca. “It was warm, but not hot, during the day and really cold at night.” Read the entire article on Wine Spectator

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Daily Wine News: Opus One Sues Coopers

Opus One is suing its coopers over tainted barrels for close to half a million dollars, reports Liza B. Zimmerman in Wine-Searcher. “The sum includes the cost of lost wine because of TCA taint and testing expenses for the wines in barrel, which are likely to have been high with 10 barrels in question and some previous issues with barrels provided by the same coopers and barrel makers in 2016.”

Is Provence rosé under threat? In Meininger’s, Elizabeth Gabay investigates. “Provence cannot easily make more rosé, as almost all its production is already rosé. Producers are responding by making higher-quality, higher-priced rosés, moving upmarket.”

“The Van Duzer Corridor AVA in Oregon’s Willamette Valley has been officially approved by the TTB,” reports Elaine Chukan Brown on JancisRobinson.com.

In SevenFifty Daily, Paul Adams examines the science of bubbles in wine, and their influence on mouthfeel, flavor, and aroma.

“What I want to say is this: ignore anyone telling you not to taste and drink vintage Port in extreme youth. You should. There’s no other wine pleasure quite like this. By all means store it until “full maturity” if you wish, and appreciate it in a state of subtle, graceful and polite refinement, unwrinkled by time. That’s a pleasure, too.” Andrew Jefford explores the pleasures of drinking port in its youth in Decanter.

In Forbes, Lauren Mowery talks to sommelier Emma Farrelly of Perth, Australia, Gourmet Traveller’s Sommelier of the Year 2019.

Elsewhere in Forbes, Brah Japhe talks to Gerard Bertrand about biodynamic wines.

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 12/16/18


Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren't Flipboard inclined, here's everything I've strained out of the wine-related muck for the week.

Australia's Sommelier Of The Year Is Turning Perth Into A Wine Haven
Sounds like a must-go!

Collectors Clamor for Napa's Cult Wines
Luxe, luxe.

The Poetry of Santa Cruz Mountains Wine
Poetry about wine.

Turning the Tables on Rusty Gaffney
Q&A with an old hand.

How does the Wine Industry Influence Economic Landscape?
People spend money on it. Duh.

Van Duzer Corridor AVA now official
A new (old) place in Oregon

The Science of Bubbles in Wine
Do some experiments on your own.

The Future Of Wine Writing: GrimDark
Joe Roberts wants you to confront the harsh nature of reality.

How low can you go?
Tim Atkin on alcohol.

Terry Theise Asks Us to Bring More of Ourselves to Wine
Dorothy Gaiter reviews his latest.

Being a Woman in the Time of Reckoning
Karen MacNeil on wine #metoo

Holiday Horror Stories from the Land of Retail
The trade kvetches.

Why Gruet Partnered with a Native American Tribe to Grow Grapes
Great story, great wines.

You Are What You Pee: Estimating Alcohol Consumption from Community Wastewater Samples
But what about those of us who pour samples down the drain?

10-Year-Old Winemaker Helps Emeril Lagasse Raise $3 Million for Children's Charities
Little Bilbro does wonders.

Coravin put to the test by 30 somms
And passes the double blind test

Requiem for a Flying Cigare
Randall Graham closes a chapter.