Wine News 29 July to 5 August

Ross [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Ross [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Welcome back to our weekly news post! We’ve been picking apples and fighting through brambles to pick blackberries this week, but scratched or not, we wanted to share the wine items that caught our eye this week.

The Academic Wino asks, “Is There Consensus Among Wine Critics?: Who Can You Trust?” Becca Yeamans talks about a recent study looking at Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator, The Wine Advocate and International Wine Cellar and the correlations (or lack of correlation) between their wine reviews. The study even looked at which publications matched each other on certain grape varieties. It makes interesting reading.

The polar vortex of earlier this year in North America may have wiped out the Merlot in Niagara, with Sauvignon Blanc also affected.  It’s a grim follow-up to Ontario’s bumper crop of 2013.

The Drinks Business piece naming the Top 10 Women in Italian Wine is interesting both for the ten women they name and the additional women added by indignant readers in the comments section. Taken together, you get a great look at the state of the industry for women in Italy.

Grapefriend posted a fun feature matching rosés with summer songs. The piece is informative if you are looking for a rosé to try, and possibly the playlist for your next barbecue.

Harper’s reports that Tesco is enlisting consumers to help improve their wine descriptions. At a tasting laterthis month, guests will be asked to contribute “wine words” to create a word cloud for each wine. Tesco may say they want to break down barriers, but we can’t help but think those prank wine descriptions that have been appearing on Tesco’s shelves have something to do with it. Remember this one?

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