Wine Spectator awards: Wine Spectator has released its full list of 2019 award winners for the Award of Excellence (2,447 restaurants), the Best of Award of Excellence (1,244 restaurants), and the Grand Award (granted to 8 new restaurants for a full list numbering 100). Congrats to all of those whose workplaces are recognized here! [Wine Spectator]
New Bordeaux grapes: The Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur producers' syndicate approved the use of seven new grapes: the red Arinarnoa, Touriga Nacional, Marselan, and Castets, and the white Alvarinho, Petit Manseng, and Liliorila. They were chosen for their suitability to warming weather and more frequent early frosts, as well as their low disease susceptibility and later harvesting potential. They must still be approved by the INAO. [Meininger’s]
White grapes in Châteauneuf: Similarly, more Châteauneuf-du-Pape producers are considering adding white grapes to red blends. Authorized since at least the 1930s appellation rules, the practice is gaining traction as warmer conditions lead to higher alcohols. White grapes bring acidity and balance. [Decanter]
To Kalon trademark case amended: Last week, the San Francisco US District Court granted Constellation’s motion to dismiss the To Kalon case, noting that an amended complaint should elaborate on how Constellation’s trademark was fraudulently obtained and how it is misrepresenting the source of the product. On Monday, the plaintiff, Vineyard House Winery, filed its amended complaint. [North Bay Business Journal]
Secondhand drinking: The Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs published a new study stating that 52 million people in the US were harmed by other people’s drinking in 2015. The study analyzed responses from 8,750 adults; the 10 “types of harm” included traffic accidents, physical abuse, harassment and financial issues. [CNN]
Rosé considerations: Eric Asimov moves on from a conventional look at rosé to discuss its emotional appeal, considering three rosés from beyond Provence, from producers Ameztoi, Edmunds St. John, and Lucien Crochet, in his "Wine School" column. [NYT]
Our favorite SevenFifty Daily article this week
Organics & biodynamics in Bordeaux: Bordeaux has a dual reputation of being innovative with research and technology while also being resistant to change. Today, only 9% of its planted hectares are certified organic. Weather is a top challenge, and corporate investment has limited risk-taking. But increasingly, producers are moving toward biodynamic and organic methods despite those obstacles. [SevenFifty Daily]
What do you think?
What do you think of the new grapes approved in Bordeaux?
Have you observed more Châteneuf-de-Pape producers using white grapes? Have you heard other reports of this change?
What might emerge in the wake of the new study on and concept of “secondhand drinking”?
What else have you heard of or seen in Bordeaux about organic and biodynamic production?
What are your favorite rosés consumed or served this year?
What else have you been reading this week?
Here is what I have been reading this week. Would love to hear thoughts from the group on this subject. http://svbwine.blogspot.com/2019/06/wine-consumption-probably-wont-return.html