Remembering Beppe Rinaldi: Giuseppe Rinaldi died this week at age 69. Known for his dedication to traditional Barolo winemaking, including blending and long aging, he maintained his family’s style even as modern techniques came into fashion. Rinaldi’s daughters Marta and Carlotta will carry on his legacy at the family’s estate. [JancisRobinson.com]
Kent Rosenblum dies at 74: Kent Rosenblum, founder of Rosenblum Cellars and champion of California Zinfandel, died unexpectedly after complications from knee surgery. He recognized California’s historic vineyards before that was commonplace and was known for a distinctive, ripe style of wine. Rosenblum and his wife sold the winery to Diageo in 2008. [Wine Spectator]
Cheaper CA winemaking: Building a California wine brand remains a challenge, says Eric Asimov, with John Lockwood’s Enfield Wine Company as his example. Lockwood purchases fruit from various sites, farming two of them, and makes and ages his wine at a custom crush facility. Though the brand has been successful, Lockwood wonders about the future—not eager to sell, but unsure of the viable options. [NYT]
West Sonoma Coast progress: West Sonoma Coast winemakers expect to have approval of their long-desired AVA by early 2019. The region is distinguished from the broader Sonoma Coast AVA not just by its geography and climate but also by the economics of winemaking there. Bloomberg names five wines to know. [Bloomberg]
UK harvest begins: Following a summer heatwave, harvest is underway in England. The conditions have been ideal, and on the heels of a difficult vintage in 2017, with rising attention on UK sparkling, some hope that 2018 will be a benchmark year for English wine. [Decanter]
Strides in the spirits world: Black-owned Stygian Corporation in Oakland, California, seeks not just to produce a range of spirits but also to make the industry more representative of minority groups. With African American buying power at $1.2 trillion in the US, that attention is long overdue. [Eater]
Our favorite SevenFifty Daily article this week
Meet new MWs: SevenFifty Daily spoke to the four new Masters of Wine in North America, Olga Karapanou Crawford, Lindsay Pomeroy MW, Nicolas Quillé, and Elsa Macdonald. They talk about their work, the lessons they learned through their studies, and how they’ll celebrate the achievement. [SevenFifty Daily]
What do you think?
Share your remembrances of Rinaldi or Rosenblum, or how their wines have impacted you.
How else are you seeing California winemakers pave their own way? What might be next?
Have you heard anything more from growers in the UK?
Which of the lessons shared by MWs most resonated with you?
What else have you been reading this week?