If You Read Anything This Week: Wine News 2.23.2018

A case against tipping: The US is one of the only countries where tips are essential for restaurant workers to earn a fair wage. Eater analyzed recent data around tipping, concluding that in many cases, it’s time for the current system to go. The article demonstrates how racism, sexism, harassment, and worker exploitation can be linked to tipping. [Eater]

Alberta lifts BC boycott: Earlier this month, the Canadian province of Alberta instituted a boycott on importing wines from British Columbia due to a disagreement over the construction of an oil pipeline from Alberta to BC’s coast, supported by Alberta but opposed by many in BC. Yesterday, Alberta announced it would lift the brief boycott. [The Drinks Business]

Archie McLaren dies: Archie McLaren, a champion of Central Coast wine, has died at 75. A lawyer by trade, he founded the Central Coast Wine Classic, an annual fundraiser for radio station KCBX, that brought much-needed attention to Santa Barbara and Paso Robles in the mid-1970s. He also hosted TV and radio shows and was beloved for his charisma and eloquence. [Wine Spectator]

More Douro table wines: The Symington Family Estates group, known for its Port production, is building a dedicated winery for its growing portfolio of Douro DOC table wines. The winery will be built in the Vilafrica Valley, located in the northeast of the region. The aim is to produce high-end red and white Douro DOC wines. [Decanter]

Praising lighter vintages: Concentrated, tannic wines continue to receive higher scores than lighter wines. Yet wines with high tannins but minimal fruit don’t often age well. It’s true, says Jancis Robinson, that tannic wines may age wonderfully, but softer wines can age well, too—and they are also delicious while young. [JancisRobinson.com]

Fine wine pricing: Forbes takes a look at the factors that contribute to the price of a high-end wine. Labor, expertise, barrels, and packaging are just a few. Producers today often grapple with how to reduce packaging while maintaining the style associated with fine wines, especially if they hope to source materials from North America. [Forbes]

Our favorite SevenFifty Daily article this week

What’s ahead for Oregon wine: The 2018 Oregon Wine Symposium this week considered the future of the state’s wine production. Oregon currently has the fastest-growing wine industry of any state. One significant trend is the proliferation of sub-AVAs and nested AVAs. While this continues, other advocates hope to preserve the reputation of the Willamette Valley. [SevenFifty Daily]

What do you think?

What do you think of the research presented by Eater? Which factors have you observed? What’s happening with tipping in your market?

What are your thoughts on Jancis Robinson’s observations about aging tannic versus lighter wines?

What else goes into the price of fine wine?

Especially if you’re in Oregon, what do you see ahead for the state? What key trends do you observe?

What else have you been reading this week?