Wine News 23-30 September

A happy, surprisingly sunny September Tuesday to you — the last September Tuesday, as a matter of fact. From the looks of the shops, tomorrow is the first day of December rather than October (mince pies on the shelves in September??), but as the weather’s so nice we’ll skip over the ranting about retailers trying to fast-forward to Christmas. Here’s the latest wine news!

We had never seen these stained glass windows in the cathedral in Reims, but look at that! The people are making wine! If you don’t care about winemaking in stained glass, there are also photos of the windows by Marc Chagall. Be sure to click on the images to see the enlarged versions.

The Drinks Business featured an article about a recent even where Sarah Jane Evans MW gave an introduction to the Somontano region of Spain. Well worth a look if you are interested in Spanish wines.

The medieval Belgian city of Bruges has approved plans to install an underground beer pipeline to reduce the number of delivery vehicles in the town’s picturesque streets. To us the idea sounds amazing, and also more than a little scary.

On Wine-Searcher, Tom Hyland gives you the key things to know about respected Champagne firm of Billecart-Salmon in Mareuil-sur-Äy, including that there’s nearly 45% Pinot Meunier in the Brut Reserve, which is unusual.

And, finally, Zach Geballe introduces you to the wines of Washington State. Given that it’s the second-largest producer of wine in the U.S. after California, shouldn’t you know more about its world-class wines?

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