If You Read Anything This Week: Wine News 2/15/2019

Changes at Qupé: Bob Lindquist is stepping away from Qupé and launching his own project, Lindquist Family wines, with his wife. They will focus on Rhône grapes and Chardonnay. Vintage Wine Estates has taken sole ownership of Qupé and is moving winemaking from Santa Maria to San Luis Obispo County. [JancisRobinson.com]

Simulating climate change: Scientists at Germany’s Hochschule Geisenheim University have spent years developing an ecosystem near the Rhine River that simulates climate change to better understand possible effects on grapegrowing. Riesling might someday be a less viable crop, at which point growers will have to decide if they want to keep to tradition or pivot. [Quartz]

Tignanello counterfeits: Italian authorities have arrested three people accused of attempting to sell at least 11,000 counterfeit bottles of Antinori’s famous Super Tuscan, Tignanello, in Italy, Germany, and Belgium. The bottles were labeled as the 2009, 2010, and 2011 vintages but filled with other, low-quality wines. [Wine Spectator]

Foley Family buys Mt Difficulty: California’s Foley Family Wines has been approved to purchase New Zealand Pinot Noir producer Mt Difficulty. The brand already has several other New Zealand wine interests; Mt Difficulty offers a foothold in Central Otago. [Decanter]

Alcohol & migraines: New research from Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands sought to understand the link, if any, between migraines and alcohol. Many report that they think alcohol, particularly red wine, is a trigger, but very few always get migraines after drinking. Understanding of the possible link remains very limited. [Wine Spectator]

Maryland rye: Maryland was once the third largest producer of whiskey in the US, behind Kentucky and Pennsylvania, producing primarily rye in a distinctive style. That style disappeared after WWII, but today’s distillers are trying to track down and replicate the long-lost recipe—yet no one knows exactly what the flavor profile was, or how to achieve it. [NYT]

Our favorite SevenFifty Daily article this week

Commission-based salaries: Beverage professionals talk about commission-based salaries, common in both importing and distribution. It’s important to ask questions in an interview to understand the specifics of a commission-based salary, and it’s worth considering how the role fits with your personality. [SevenFifty Daily]

What do you think?

Can you envision producers in classic regions moving away from their historic grapes? Do you see this happening anywhere today?

Do you or others you know link migraines with alcohol consumption?

Have you tasted much Maryland whiskey? Any favorites?

Would you add anything to the conversation around commission-based salaries?

What else have you been reading this week?

  • Leopold Brothers Maryland Rye from Colorado is excellent. The only one Ive had, but one of my all time faves. Very unique profile, reminds me quite a bit of fresh baked Rye bread, one of the most aromatic Ryes Ive had. Beautiful spice notes ! Also very limited, we used to use this in our house Manhattan until it started selling out super quickly everywhere. Ive even had to buy a couple  thousand dollars worth of it through a large liqour store when our distributor ran out !