California heat wave: Over Labor Day, Northern California experienced a heat spike that shriveled grapes and exacerbated labor issues as vineyard managers scrambled to find pickers. Some producers expect significant losses due to raisining and water evaporation, which impacts the weight of the final crop. [SF Chronicle]
Tardif reemerges: French grape Tardif, thought to be lost to phylloxera, will be listed again as a permitted variety in France. Tardif was rediscovered in 1999 by the researcher for co-op Plaimont Producteurs, along with other varieties still being studied. The first crop will be ready in 2020. [The Drinks Business]
UK wine prices: Wine prices in the UK have risen steadily since Brexit, affected by the decision’s impact on the pound, inflation, and a duty rise on alcohol, also due to inflation. The Wine & Spirits Trade Association predicts that prices will continue to increase. [Decanter]
Oregon wine stands out: Eric Asimov says Oregon is the most exciting winemaking region in the US right now—and not because the rest of the country is uninspiring. He cites quality, diversity of perspective, and experimentation as the qualities setting Oregon apart. [NYT]
Sliver Oak owners buy Oregon vineyard: Speaking of Oregon’s rising popularity, the Duncan family, owners of Silver Oak, has purchased the Willamette Valley's Prince Hill Vineyard from Dick Erath. Situated in the Dundee Hills, the 40-acre vineyard will be used as a source for Pinot Noir for the Twomey brand. [Wine Spectator]
Noble Rot moves to imports: Dan Keeling and Mark Andrew, co-founders of London-based magazine and restaurant Noble Rot, will launch a new wine import company. Keeling Andrew & Co. will source wines from France, Italy, America, and beyond, also seeking to acquire wines from private cellars. [Eater London]
Our favorite SevenFifty Daily article this week
Creative tastings build business: Wine retailers are hosting creative tasting opportunities to build their customer base and drive sales. SevenFifty Daily outlines events such as big parties, technology-based tasting opportunities, celebrity events featuring the wines of famous folks-turned-winemakers, and weekly classes. [SevenFifty Daily]
What do you think?
What are you hearing from California winemakers? Some expect losses, others passed through the heatwave unscathed. Share the stories you've been told.
What do you know about Tardif?
UK members, tell us what you're observing. Have you felt the impact of price increases? How are consumers responding?
Do you think Oregon is the most exciting winemaking area in the US right now? Why? Why not?
If you work in retail, tell us about the creative strategies you have for building community and selling wine. What has worked? What hasn't? Or, if you don't work in retail, what have you observed?
What else have you been reading this week?