In Wine-Searcher, W. Blake Gray presents a digest of the issues surrounding the landmark Supreme Court hearing.
Brandy Winer founders Ed and Deb Fitts have sold their winery and 15 acres of vines on Pritchard Hill to Jim Bean and Christine O’Sullivan, reports Mitch Frank in Wine Spectator. Winemaker Philippe Melka will stay.
Esther Mobley reviews natural wine bar Verjus in the San Francisco Chronicle. “Is this cave de manger-inspired creation becoming a Bay Area trend, then? Maybe… Or maybe this cave de manger-style situation is just perfectly suited to the style of wine that everyone suddenly seems to be drinking — the style, if not precisely natural then in the natural vernacular, in which Verjus is specializing. The chillable, the chuggable, the crunchy.”
Mike Dunne checks in on Idaho’s growing wine scene in the Sacramento Bee. “Despite Idaho’s agricultural bounty, just 1,300 acres are planted to wine grapes, but that’s double what it was 20 years ago. Of that total, 1,125 acres are cultivated in the Snake River Valley in the state’s southwest corner. Still to be determined is what grape variety or varieties eventually will be most closely identified with Idaho.”
Premium Port sales are rising in the US market, says Jim Clarke in Meininger’s. He goes hunting for the reason why.
In SevenFifty Daily, Courtney Schiessl looks at how Vias Imports built a business on native Italian grapes.
The French insurance company MAIF is leaving the wine industry and selling Château Dauzac, the 1855-classified Grand Cru Classé Margaux with its 49 hectares of bearing vines, according to Vitisphere.