Thanksgiving wines: The New York Times presents its annual Thanksgiving wine recommendations, with notes from a tasting that presents a few unexpected options—including one from Turkey. Their favorites were a Galician Godello and a Cabernet Franc-dominant blend from El Dorado County. [NYT]
An old-school Italian list: Esther Mobley calls the nearly 2,000-selection, “old-school” wine list at San Francisco’s Acquerello one of the greatest Italian wine lists in the country. As the restaurant opened in 1989, the list has reflected the evolution of Italian wine over decades and includes wines they’ve held for years. [SF Chronicle]
Wine Star Awards: Wine Enthusiast has announced its 19th-annual Wine Star Awards to recognize trailblazers in the beverage world. The Sommelier of the year is MS June Rodil. Dale DeGroff is named the Cocktail Legend and Warren Winiarski the American Wine Legend of 2018. [Business Wire]
Mildew in France: Mildew was a significant issue for many French producers in the 2018 growing season. At Château de Beaucastel, they expect less than half of a normal yield and compare the rare incident to one in 1947. Nonetheless, there is optimism in France for the vintage overall. [Decanter]
Winemakers of color: Filmmaker Jerry Bell Jr. is working on his second documentary about winemakers of color. His first focused on Oregon, where he lives, and he is now making Journey Between the Vines, which focuses more broadly on US winemakers. [Wine Enthusiast]
Our favorite SevenFifty Daily article this week
Etna’s terroir: Sarah Bray writes about the unique terroir of Mount Etna, which sits at the division between two tectonic plates—meaning that eruptions can happen anywhere. This has led to highly diverse growing sites, yet DOC boundaries don’t always reflect this, a current challenge for the region. [SevenFifty Daily]
What do you think?
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What are your favorite old-school wine lists?
Have you heard other reports from France about the effects of the last year's weather?
What are your favorite wines or producers from Mount Etna?
What else have you been reading this week?
Huzzah June Rodil!
I was in Provence at the beginning of September and visited Domaine de Trevallon (located in St. Etienne du Gres, just outside of St. Remy). Eloi Durrbach reports that mildew has wiped out approximately 50-60% of Trevallon's yield this year. It was the Domaine's worst year to date in this regard.