Rosé scandal: After a two-year inquiry, French officials determined that up to 4.6 million bottles (3.45 million liters) of Spanish rosé were bottled and sold as French wines. Four trader-producers have been identified as sources of the fraud; any individual found guilty could face two years behind bars. [BBC]
Successful harvest in Chile: With harvest behind them, Chilean winemakers are celebrating the 2018 vintage. After heat and fires in 2017 and rainy, cool weather in 2016, this past season brought moderate weather and a slow ripening season that allowed for good volume and great quality. [Wine Spectator]
Gauging green in Napa: As California’s new wine sustainability credentials are widely praised, Jancis Robinson considers whether Napa is as green as the conversation might suggest. The rigor of some certifications has been questioned—but regardless, those participating are making changes and taking a long view. [JancisRobinson.com]
Praise for Mendocino: A new section in The Press, the San Francisco Chronicle’s guide to wine tasting in California, takes on Mendocino County, with trip itineraries, tasting room reviews, and more for the state’s “hidden wine gem.” Increasing quality in the region has gone largely unnoticed until recently. [The Press, SF Chronicle]
New book on soil: Andrew Jefford reviews Professor Alex Maltman’s new book, Vineyards, Rocks, & Soils: The Wine Lover’s Guide to Geology, calling it a new essential wine book with the capacity to move the discourse on and understanding of wine forward. His review summarizes the contents and impact of the book. [Decanter]
Women-only tasting groups: As harassment cases have rocked the restaurant industry and the gender pay gap persists, some women in the wine industry have found support in women-only tasting groups where they can develop their skills in an environment not influenced by the industry’s male-dominated history. [NYT]
Our favorite SevenFifty Daily article this week
Reconsidering non-vinifera: Though hybrid grapes have a tarnished history and make up less than 5% of vineyards worldwide, the category is receiving renewed attention. Producers in the Northeastern United States are exploring these grapes and finding success. [SevenFifty Daily]
What do you think?
What do you think of the rosé scandal in France?
Have you heard anything else from Chile about the recent harvest?
What is your perspective in this conversation about sustainability certifications in Napa?
What are your favorite Mendocino wines and wineries?
Ladies, have you ever been part of a women-only tasting or study group? Would you join one? Why or why not?
Have you tasted many non-vinifera wines? Share your thoughts!
What else have you been reading this week?