Bruno Giacosa dies: Legendary Piedmont winemaker Bruno Giacosa died after a brief illness at the age of 88. Giacosa was among the first to bottle single-vineyard Barolo and Barbaresco and was known for wines that emphasized elegance over power, yet also aged beautifully. Antonio Galloni offered a tribute on Vinous as well. [Wine Spectator, Vinous]
CVNE acquires Cava brand: Rioja’s Compañia Vinicola del Norte de España (CVNE) has purchased Cava DO producer Roger Goulart, the brand’s first winery acquisition outside of Rioja. Roger Goulart dates back to 1882; the founders were part of a new wave of Penedès producers making traditional method sparkling, now Cava’s signature style. [Decanter]
Bacardi buys Patrón: Bacardi is buying Patrón in one of the most expensive deals to date for a spirits brand: the deal valued Patrón at $5.1 billion. Barcadi plans to distribute Patrón, already the world’s top ultra-premium Tequila brand, more widely. [The Drinks Business]
Militant French winemakers face trial: Members of militant French winemaker group Comité Régional d’Action Viticole (CRAV) will face trial in Montpellier this March, the result of an investigation into 32 acts of violence between April 2016 and August 2017. In connection with the case, local authorities will also investigate allegations that Spanish wine has been brought into France illegally. [Decanter]
Canned wine crossroads: Esther Mobley discusses the canned wine trend. The category, she says, is now at a crossroads: will it go the way of boxed wine, or the way of rosé? Many of today’s examples are well-made wines whose producers speak to the packaging's benefits for the wine itself. Mobley thinks canned wine will transcend its beginnings. She offers tasting notes, too. [SF Chronicle]
Wine dichotomy: Jancis Robinson analyzes wine’s divergence into two clear styles: concentrated, ripe fruited wines made from well-known grapes, and wines that are less ripe, higher in acidity, lower in alcohol, and made with more obscure grapes. Particularly interesting are those producers offering both, she says. [JancisRobinson.com]
Our favorite SevenFifty Daily article this week
MS Emily Wines on new role: MS Emily Wines spoke with SevenFifty Daily about her role as vice president of beverage experience at Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants, a Chicago-based hospitality concept. She explains the transition from working with guests with a deep knowledge of wine to an audience with limited wine experience. [SevenFifty Daily]
This week’s discussion question
Canned wine: discuss! What do you think of the category? Is it here to stay? And if so, will it go the way of boxed wine or rosé? What are your favorite examples?
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