Wine News 5-12 August

It’s time once again for a round-up of the wine articles that especially interested us this week.

Harpers Wine & Spirit released a report revealing that the UK wine trade is potentially losing out on thousands of pounds of trade a day because of its inability to sell wine effectively. The article — and we’ll confess here that we haven’t read the full report — also gives a snapshot of the data, including that spending on beer is two and a half times greater than on wine, that the volume of on-trade wine sold in the UK has dropped by more than 10% over the last five years, and two-thirds of those interviewed could not name more than three varieties of grape.

Wine Spectator featured a profile of Sicilian classical pianist-turned-winemaker Giuseppe Russo, who has become one of the leading lights in Sicilian wine from his vineyards on Mount Etna. The Yorkshire Post spent time on Mount Etna too, only in this case Christine Austin visits the Planeta family of the Feudo di Mezzo winery. Anyone else suddenly fancying a bottle of Sicilian red?

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) says Tom Jones has been voted the British pop star the country would most like to have a pint with. Jones won with 13% of the vote, and we couldn’t help wonder whether the voters were asked after their first pint or fifth. Other artists winning votes included Lily Allen, Jessie J, Tinie Tempah, Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller, Gary Barlow, and Robbie Williams.

Wine cellared at home ages about four times fast as wine stored under ideal conditions. Sounds like many of us should just go ahead and drink up those bottles stored under the stairs.

Sarah Ahmed, the Wine Detective, reported on a Wolf Blass Black Label vertical tasting of wines from 1979-2010. Australian wine fans won’t want to miss this one.

Research now suggests the unappetizing possibility that fruit flies may be responsible for the aroma of wines.

The Guardian‘s travel section gave its top 10 list of people and places along Italy’s Piedmont wine route, from Barolo and Barbaresco to B&B’s. There was also a piece called “How Green Was My Vineyard” about winemaking in Wales. Questionable title, but really an interesting article that treats its subject as more than a curiosity. Don’t let the title put you off learning about this emerging wine region.

Tom Hyland interviewed Anne Trimbach of Alsace’s Domaine Trimbach for Wine-Searcher. Fans of Alsatian wines, take note!

Eric Asimov wrote an article for the New York Times on Cava, which is so frequently underrated. He looks at the history, the native Xarello grape often used these days in Cava, as well as the production method. And while we’re on the subject of great Spanish grapes, the Telegraph’s Victoria Moore explored the Albariño of Rías Baixas, complete with tasting notes for three she recommends.

Alder Yarrow offered up a wonderfully informative article on the white wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape on Vinography. If you don’t know much about Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, this is a great introduction; if you already enjoy it, the long list of wines along with tasting notes might offer you a new one to try.






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