Chilean exports to China: China has surpassed the US as the largest export market for Chilean wine in terms of value. After China, the biggest markets are the US, the UK, and Japan. In 2016, Chile exported $195 million (USD) worth of wine to China and $183 million to the US. [Decanter]
Debunking additive myths: Esther Mobley takes on the subject of additives in wine, arguing that processed wine and food are not analogous. She suggests that the better question for concerned consumers to ask is how a company treats its people and the land. [SF Chronicle]
Investigating Italy's working conditions: After an Italian woman died of a heart attack while working in a vineyard in July 2015, authorities have been investigating labor conditions. Problems include middlemen pocketing pay, poor working conditions, and threats of replacement. New legislation has been praised as a first step, but the issues demand further attention. [NYT]
India’s wines: Despite extreme growing conditions, complex bureaucracy, and the lack of a local wine culture, a variety of wines are being made in India. Long home to a robust table grape industry, India now boasts about 50 small wineries, most likely responding to the growth of the middle class. [JancisRobinson.com]
In praise of Verdicchio: Jon Bonné tackles the question of cool in his roundup of great Verdicchio. The grape from the Marche was popular in 1980s but hasn’t received much attention in the years since. Nonetheless, there are excellent examples ranging from basic to high-end that are worth seeking out. [PUNCH]
What do you think?
Do you see many Chilean wines in your market? Have you seen their presence increase or decrease in recent years?
What do you think about Mobley's perspective on additives? Are there other arguments to be raised?
Have you tasted any Indian wine?
Do you have any Verdicchio on your wine list? Are you a fan of the grape? What are your favorite bottles?
What else have you been reading this week?