Monferrato DOC: The Consorzio Barbera d’Asti e Vini del Monferrato says that over 500 wineries have expressed interest in labeling wines as Monferrato DOC Nebbiolo, a designation approved in late September. The first official harvest is expected to be in 2019, with the wines arriving in the market in 2020. [Decanter]
Counterfeit wines in China: Raids in China have uncovered over 50,000 bottles of counterfeit wine, valued at $14.4 million. About $1 million worth of fake Penfolds and $865,000 of fake Changyu wines were among the bottles, in addition to other brands not yet disclosed. [VinePair]
Reconsidering copper: E.U. leaders are pushing to reduce the use of copper compounds relied upon by organic and biodynamic grapegrowers, due to copper's risks for the environment and workers. Meanwhile, scientists continue finding new innovations for organic farming, and some advocate for reconsidering where we grow grapes. [Wine Spectator]
IMW director resigns: Penny Richards, Executive Director of the Institute of Masters of Wine since 2013, will leave her post at the end of the year to take a position at the Aspen Institute in the UK. The current head of study programs and development, Olivier Chapman, will act as director until a successor is found. [Decanter]
Bay Area Michelin stars: Dominique Crenn has become the first women in the US to receive three Michelin stars, awarded to her restaurant Atelier Crenn. Healdsburg’s Single Thread also won three stars. The Bay Area now has eight three-starred restaurants, more than any other American city. Find the full announcement and list here, and congrats to all of those working at the establishments recognized! [NYT, Michelin Guide]
Whisky breaks record: A bottle of 60-year-old Macallan 1926 broke a world record by selling for $1.5 million (£1.2 million GBP) at auction in London. Forty bottles of the 1926 were produced, and the labels were designed by artists. This, however, was the only bottle hand-painted by Irish artist Michael Dillon. (Might I also use this opportunity to shamelessly plug our new Scotch Producer Profiles?!) [Forbes]
Our favorite SevenFifty Daily article this week
US labeling reconsidered: Over recent decades, some American wine regions have been working to increase regulation in wine labeling, a departure from earlier years of championing looser rules than those of Europe. Copper Cane’s contested labeling practices are just one example of controversies encouraging this movement. [SevenFifty Daily]
What do you think?
What have you heard from farmers about navigating the use of copper compounds? Which ideas in this article struck you as most productive?
Any thoughts on the new Michelin stars in the Bay Area? What's most exciting? Who's missing from these lists?
Is there a ceiling for auction prices of wine and spirits?
What do you think should happen in US labeling law? Do you have any concerns moving forward?
What else have you been reading this week?