New Master Sommeliers: Three sommeliers have just achieved the MS certification through the UK Court of Master Sommeliers: Yang Lu, Stefan Neumann, and Piotr Pietras. The Court has held courses and exams in China for the last decade, and Lu is the first Chinese Master Sommelier. [Decanter]
Lawsuit against Napa retailer: Jeffrey Gundlach, founder of DoubleLine Capital, is suing Yountville’s Soutirage. He has accused the wine merchant of selling him over $1 million worth of fake wine. The lawsuit was filed on July 28, and a hearing is scheduled for November 27. [Wine Spectator]
Climate change impacts Italy: As in many parts of the world, climate change is impacting viticulture in Italy. In Piedmont, harvest is occurring weeks earlier than usual, and drought and downpours have affected crops. Yet some aren’t worried, citing ways in which the heat is good for grapes. [NYT]
State of the cork industry: Jancis Robinson reports on progress in the cork industry. Though screwcaps and synthetic corks remain significant competitors, top cork supplier Amorim has reported six years of sales growth. Key to the cork industry’s more recent successes is the emergence of TCA-free options like Diam. [JancisRobinson.com]
Amaro’s rise: Amaro was always essential in Italian culture, but it has more recently become beloved among drinks professionals. As bartenders explored old cocktails, they became interested in amaro and brought it to the forefront. Yet it certainly remains more popular among sommeliers and bartenders than with consumers. [VinePair]
Remembering Hatzidakis: Alder Yarrow pays tribute to Haridimos Hatzidakis, a beloved winemaker in Santorini who passed away this month. Yarrow shares photos of his visit to Hatzidakis’ original winery. [Vinography]
Our favorite SevenFifty Daily article this week
The Bobby Stuckey Effect: We’re partnering with SevenFifty to support one another’s efforts, and we love the work they’ve been doing with SevenFifty Daily. I’m adding to this roundup a highlight of our favorite SevenFifty Daily article of the week. This week, I chose the profile of MS Bobby Stuckey of Frasca in Boulder, Colorado. The article, by Megan Krigbaum, speaks to the ways he has influenced professional wine culture through his spirit of hospitality, dedication to the front of the house, and loyalty to his staff. [SevenFifty Daily]
What do you think?
Have you heard other reports on harvest from producers in Italy?
What trends have you observed in wine closures? How have you seen opinions change?
Might last week’s conversation on groupthink relate to the popularity of amaro among sommeliers? How so?
Have you met Hatzidakis or enjoyed his wines? Share your memories.
If you’ve worked with or for Stuckey, how has he influenced your career and/or understanding of hospitality? How can hospitality continue to be promoted within the sommelier and restaurant culture?
What else have you been reading this week?