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If You Read Anything This Week: Wine News 6/7/2019

California Michelin: The 2019 California Michelin Guide was released this week, marking a return to LA after a decade. No new restaurants received three stars, meaning that only the San Francisco Bay Area and wine country are represented in that list. Also notable was Saison’s fall from three stars to two. [Eater]

US booze & trade: Trade disputes between the US and China, Mexico, and the EU have continued, and American wine, beer, and spirits producers are concerned. The new tariffs of 2018 and 2019 have impacted many businesses, and it’s now clear that this challenge won’t fade anytime soon. [Wine Spectator]

Napa’s cannabis question: The San Francisco Chronicle reports on the movement to bring cannabis cultivation to Napa. Many, including some growers and high-profile residents like Robert Mondavi Jr., think grapes and cannabis can coexist. Opponents, also including important figures such as Karen MacNeil, worry about the region’s identity or feel there isn’t room for another cash crop. [SF Chronicle]

Millennials & wellness (again): With millennials spending less on alcohol and drinking more mindfully, every facet of the drinks industry is attempting a wellness angle, reports Business Insider. Meanwhile, Eater points out that a healthy relationship with alcohol is challenged whether it’s marketed as cool or healthy. [Business Insider, Eater]

Revisiting Soave: The monthly New York Times Wine School considers Soave. Asimov notes that Italian white wines were dismissed generations ago, largely in part due to the examples available stateside, and negative assumptions about them persist. He pairs the discussion on Soave with reflections on reconsidering wines once overlooked. [NYT]

Our favorite SevenFifty Daily article this week

Considering vigor: Vine vigor plays an important role in grapegrowing, with the concept of balance essential. While much is understood about how viticultural choices impact vigor and thus the resulting grapes, there’s still plenty that’s unknown, including around rootstock selection and practices like crop thinning. [SevenFifty Daily]

What do you think?

What are your thoughts on the new Michelin stars, particularly the lack of three stars awarded in LA?

How should US wine, beer, and spirits producers consider the future as exports to important markets like China are threatened?

Which side of the cannabis debate do you fall on when considering Napa Valley? Discuss.

How have you seen alcohol marketed as wellness?

What are your favorite examples of Soave? Are your guests hesitant about trying white Italian wines?

What more should be said about vine vigor?

What else have you been reading this week?

  • How should US wine, beer, and spirits producers consider the future as exports to important markets like China are threatened?

    Right now, with China's potentially "deflated" exchange rate with all things kept equal the Chinese Imports on California wine artificially inflates the price for Chinese consumers, thus decreasing the demand. 

    With a deflated currency, exports within a country increase because it costs less for other countries to purchase their products. On the return, imports from countries into the country become more expensive and demand decreases. 

    The question is in the long run, will the temporary tariffs be able to apply enough pressure to make the Chinese government increase their exchange rate. 

    Additional info:

    What are your favorite examples of Soave? Are your guests hesitant about trying white Italian wines?

    I need to find a favorite example of Soave; I've never had it. 

    Side note, I can't remember the last time a guest had asked for a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. We have a $9 Badissa Pinot Grigio from Venezie on the list, that is approachable to most people, and they will try it.  

    What else have you been reading this week?

    Right now, I am reading my Organizational Behaviors textbook along with searching for an article for my assignment due Friday that will answer: 

    Do different generations respond differently to motivation?


  • Great, looks like I'll have to eat at the same ole 3 star restaurants. 

  •  I looked at your bio and find it awesome you traveled with the  Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus! I'm from Spring Green, WI which is a little more than half an hour away from Baraboo. 

    A guest had come into my Madison restaurant from Baraboo, and commented that when she was a young girl, she remembers the elephants swimming in the river which I find beyond cool!     

  • Elephants are amazing. They indiscriminately eat loaves of bread or cigarette butts and yet are absolutely genius. Inspiring to say the least.