Wine News 9-16 September

Busy, busy, busy here at Winetuned HQ, but we never miss the week’s wine news, do we? Of course not! Here’s what caught our attention this week.

Yes, what you may have heard is true: 220,000 bottles falsely labelled as Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino have been confiscated by Italian authorities. Apparently none of the wine had yet been sold to consumers, but needless to say, the winemakers are appalled.

Vinepair grapples with Grappa, providing a little history, tips for identifying a bad Grappa, and recommendation of a quality Grappa producer.

You may realise that the kind of barrel a winemaker chooses has an effect on the taste of the final product, but you may not know exactly how many ways the barrel shapes the wine, and how many variations there are in the ways the cooper can make a barrel. Margaret Rand’s article on cooperage in Decanter is useful for any wine-lover.

There’s a wine mentoring opportunity in South Africa for women in the wine industry. Jancis Robinson reports that women with at least the WSET diploma can apply to work at a South African winery in all facets of work during the winery’s 2015 harvest from late January 2015.

On Wine Folly, you can read up on the Meseta Central in Spain, and as always, the overview and infographics are top-notch.

Ian D’Agata’s article on Paulliac in Decanter is good if you want an overview of the region, but he also provides his suggestions for a mixed case illustrating Paulliac’s appeal that will interest people who already know the ropes. Please note: few of us would be able to afford said mixed case.

For a personal account of the 2014 harvest in Bordeaux, there’s no better source than Gavin Quinney of Château Bauduc. The Bauduc Blog now has lots of photos of this year’s activity and Gavin’s report of the ongoing work.

There’s also an article in the Yorkshire Evening Post on the prospects for this year’s harvest at Leventhorpe Vineyard in Yorkshire in an interview with winemaker George Bowden.

What tops having a cellar full of Parma hams? Finding that the same cellar is concealing a secret and apparently forgotten collection of fine wines in tip-top condition. Can you even imagine it?




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