Fire & smoke worldwide: Multiple fires have decimated wine regions this year, most recently in California, Portugal, and Spain, but also in Chile’s Maule and Itata regions back in January. Jancis Robinson considers what seems to be an increasing risk of fire and summarizes the damage in California. [JancisRobinson.com]
Amazon Wine shuttered: Amazon will shut down its Amazon Wine marketplace at the end of 2017. The operation was actually a middleman between customers and brands; Amazon is also a retailer through Whole Foods as well as Amazon Fresh and Prime Now, and the combination posed regulatory complications. Amazon will continue selling wine through those three outlets. [Food & Wine]
Changes in retail wine shipping: Eric Asimov explains recent developments in retail wine shipments. In recent years, the internet facilitated easy shopping across state lines. In the last year or so, however, carriers have informed retailers that they will no longer accept out-of-state shipments for destinations beyond a list of 14 states. [NYT]
Cayuse affected by flawed corks: Washington’s Cayuse Vineyards will not release many of its 2015 wines due to faulty corks. Almost 3,000 cases plus 2,678 magnums were affected, including some of the brand’s most iconic bottlings. JebDunnuck.com published the full email sent to customers. [Wine Spectator, JebDunnuck.com]
Oregon harvest ends with record yields: Oregon’s wine harvest this year is approximated at between 85,000 and 90,000 tons, the largest on record. The high yields surprised growers due to a combination of favorable weather and poor estimates. Last weekend’s rain has more or less ended harvest, with any remaining fruit likely lost. [Wines & Vines]
Clos de Tart sold to Latour owner: The renowned Clos de Tart of Burgundy’s Côtes de Nuits has been purchased by Château Latour owner François Pinault through his family’s holding company, Artémis. At 7.53 hectares, Clos de Tart is the largest monopole vineyard classified as Burgundy grand cru and has never been broken up. [Decanter]
Our favorite SevenFifty Daily article this week
Stories from new Masters: SevenFifty Daily interviews six of the new Master Sommeliers: Jim Bube, Rebecca Fineman, Aaron Patrick, Jackson Rohrbaugh, Jonathan Ross, and David Yoshida. (Not included are Jeremiah Morehouse and Joshua Nadel.) They share their challenges, some great advice, and, importantly, how they celebrated. [SevenFifty Daily]
What do you think?
How have you seen vineyards protect against the threat of fire?
What do you expect is next for Amazon's wine sales endeavors?
Where do you stand in the debates around retail wine shipping?
Have you heard any reports from Oregon growers about this year's harvest?
What else have you been reading this week?
Also this article from The Denver Post on 2016 having the lowest global wine production in 56 years.