Wine News 10-17 June

Welcome back to our weekly wine news! Here’s what we were talking about this week. What about you?

Given the football results, this is not the time to focus on Italy, but when it comes to wine, we like to keep Winetuned nonpartisan. Quite a number of interesting articles on Italian wines caught our attention this week, including the growing interest in Italian wines among the traditionally France-focused Wine Society members, Jancis Robinson turning her attention to more ancient, obscure Italian grape varieties, Ian D’Agata’s massive Native Wine Grapes of Italy, which everyone seems to be reading, and an article on Wine Enthusiast about Southern Italian indigenous whites, including varieties such as Falanghina, Greco di Tufo, and Carricante.

Did you know that the great Maya Angelou was a sherry drinker? We didn’t, but it seems entirely appropriate. Read the entire article: “Why Maya Angelou Loved Sherry, the Drink of Brilliant Renegades“.

Susan Kraus is writing a series of articles on travel in Germany’s Rheingau, including information about wine-tastings, walking tours, cycle tours, and hidden gems of the region. She’s particularly annoyed that American travel guru Rick Steves dismisses Mainz, Wiesbaden and Rudesheim in his guide books. This piece is focused on Rudesheim and the Rheingau, with separate pieces on Mainz and Wiesbaden soon to come.

New Zealand has announced its largest ever research and development project ever in the country’s wine industry in hopes of making New Zealand the world leader in high quality, lower alcohol and lower calorie wines. We can see the logic (and potential) money in that, but are left a little cold by the emphasis on low alcohol simply for low alcohol’s sake, not to mention low calorie wine. Still, we may be in the minority.

There’s a substantial article on The Drinks Business  about the merits of ageing champagne before and after disgorgement. There’s no consensus even about the length of ageing, so the question seems to become whether you like the bready, biscuity, autolytic flavours and whether you are willing to pay more that.

And finally, the finalists for the wine blog awards have been named. Pay a visit to the site and vote for your favourite, or discover a new favourite among the nominees.

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