If You Read Anything This Week: Wine News 5.11.2018

Tax cut troubles: Last year’s US tax bill eliminated the Small Producer Tax Credit and promised new credits to the same businesses. But due to a drafting error, wineries that use bonded cellars or custom crush facilities for storage or production aren’t eligible. The TTB provided a workaround, but long-term solutions are still needed. [Wine Spectator]

Gallo’s Central Coast investment: E & J Gallo has purchased the Sierra Madre Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley. First planted in 1971, the vineyard is dedicated primarily to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Last week, Gallo bought the nearby Rancho Real Vineyard. [Santa Barbara Independent]

Reviving Spanish Garnacha: In Spain, 43% of vines are represented by just two grapes: Tempranillo and Arién. Garnacha and Bobal once dominated; today, each constitutes only 6% of plantings. However, there seems to be renewed respect for and investment in Spain’s old vines and grapes. [JancisRobinson.com]

In praise of Silvaner: Eric Asimov makes the case for Silvaner, a grape with few champions. Once the most planted variety in Germany, it was common in the US as recently as the 1980s. In Alsace, plantings dropped from 30 to 6% between 1969 and 2017. Bad bottles tarnished the grape’s reputation, but a renaissance may be on the horizon. [NYT]

Remembering Rod Smith: Wine writer Rod Smith died on May 3. Known for his writing on North Coast wine, he was published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and Wine & Spirits from the 1980s through the early 2000s. More recently, he managed the vineyards at Bartolomei Ranch, owned with his wife in Forestville. [Wine & Spirits]

James Beard Award winners: The 2018 James Beard Award winners were announced this week. Eater commented on the increased diversity in the list of winners, while the San Francisco Chronicle pointed out sexual harassment lawsuits apparently overlooked by the committee. [JBF, Eater, SF Chronicle]

Our favorite SevenFifty Daily article this week

Rioja DOC updates: SevenFifty Daily outlines the 2017 updates to Rioja’s DOC legislation. The changes include the new regional classifications—Viñedos Singulares, Vinos de Municipio, and Vinos de Zona—a new sparkling designation, updated aging requirements, and more. (Get even more context in our new feature on Rioja and Ribera del Duero by !) [SevenFifty Daily]

What do you think?

What have you heard from other small wineries affected by the tax credit chaos?

Do you think there’s truly a revival of Garnacha and old Spanish vines on the horizon?

Are you a fan of Silvaner? Do you have it on your wine list?

What do you think of this year’s proceedings for the James Beard Awards?

What else have you been reading this week?

  • Yes i'm a fan of Silvaner i used to have one on our wine list from Slovenia concerning is best example Alsace and Germany are the leading and reference in style but what about Bacchus a cross between Riesling and Silvaner and i' have to say here in UK is doing well and find new home here so why not in next future Silvaner and UK it may be it's revival time.