If your June is like ours thus far, you may be dashing betweens wine events, parties, travels and, er, mechanical bull riding. Still, we’ve saved a bit of time for this week’s wine news!
André Lurton, the only Bordeaux winemaker to test out the use of screwcap closures on classified whites, has decided to stop the trial after resistance from French buyers.
Fans of Alsatian wines, there’s an interview with Alsace’s Anne Trimbach on Bottlenotes.
VinePair celebrates the particular beauties of the Viennese urban vineyard and the Austrian heuriger, where winemakers sell their young wines in an atmosphere like no other.
Before you leave the VinePair site, you might also want to take a look at the infographic pairing wine with America’s most famous types of barbecue. I’m trying to imagine some of these flavours together and can’t quite manage it. I must need to eat lots more barbecue and make a thorough study of the issue!
On the subject of wine matching, Fiona Beckett has posted a guide to pairing food with Vermentino — a particularly useful guide in warmer weather.
A trade war may see Canada place huge taxes on imported wine from the U.S. in a dispute over meat products.
Matt Walls offers up a recipe and wine suggestions for oeufs en cocotte. He includes variations with spinach and smoked salmon, and any of them would make a fantastic brunch, lunch or light summer dinner.
World Gin Day is coming up on Saturday. Will you be celebrating?
Happy Thanksgiving, if you’re celebrating on Thursday! Our Anglo-American celebration this year will be low-key. Thanksgiving is a holiday you can only celebrate properly in the United States; elsewhere in the world it feels like an oversized dinner on an ordinary Thursday night. Ah, well. Here’s the wine news!
If you’ll be in London on Friday, don’t forget the Wine Car Boot Sale will be going on. The last event back in the summer got rave reviews. Get the full details here.
German wine fans, if you want a look at the 2014 harvest reports from Germany’s 13 classified wine regions, look no further. The full details have been released.
Alfonso Cevola provides you with most all you need to know to get to grips with Amarone della Valpolicella, from how it’s made and the star winemakers to pairing suggestions.
Decanter also published an article on travel in Italy’s Trentino-Alto Adige wine region. The maps and information on wineries will save you a lot of effort as you plan a dream vacation to the Dolomites.
There’s a new app called Next Glass that claims to predict your taste in wine or beer after you’ve uploaded five of your favourites.
The Vivino wine app announced this week that it has added a wine list scanning feature. I can’t wait to try that out.
Over on Wine Folly, it’s all about the wines of Southern France. There’s a good overview and a clear map of the wine regions.
Last week saw the release of this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau, and you might be interested in who is drinking it. You might be surprised by the details on this infographic. Japan imports 7.9 million bottles of it? Really?
There’s a plan afoot to create a new Côte d’Or appellation, but it’s proving convtroversial among winemakers and négociants. Find out why and get the full details here.
And, finally, I’m amazed to say that drunk birds are falling from the sky in Canada after eating frost-fermented berries. Wildlife officials are now trying to figure out how to sober up sozzled flocks of Bohemian waxwings. Picture that.
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?