New Master Sommeliers: In case you missed it, seven new Master Sommeliers have been named following the exam this past week in St. Louis. Congratulations to Nick Davis, Mariya Kovacheva, Justin Moore, Vincent Morrow, Joshua Orr, Jeremy Shanker, and Jill Zimorski! [Wine Industry Advisor]
Sonoma sustainability & more: Five years ago, Sonoma County Winegrowers set out to achieve 100% sustainability certification across its vineyards by 2019. Today, they’re at 99%. Their next project is to be the pilot region for the new Climate Adaptation Certification, which focuses on carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions. [SF Chronicle]
No-deal Brexit & wine: In the event of a no-deal Brexit, new paperwork requirements could cost UK wine businesses 70 million pounds, say new estimates. This paperwork would be associated with wines imported from the EU and English wine exported to the EU. About 55% of the UK’s wine is imported from the EU. [Decanter]
Mexican wine: Though it has been made since the 16th century, Mexican wine has received renewed attention as winemakers have experimented with new grapes—without any regulations, they’re free to be creative—and gotten access to cleaner water. US restaurants are increasingly featuring these wines. [Wine Enthusiast]
Affordable Burgundy: Though Burgundy’s costs have skyrocketed over the past two decades, Eric Asimov recognizes why these wines still captivate. He suggests 12 somewhat more affordable options. [NYT]
Remembering Windows: An excerpt from Tom Roston’s The Most Spectacular Restaurant in the World tells the story of Window on the World in commemoration of the September 11 anniversary this week. [Grub Street]
Our favorite SevenFifty Daily article this week
New Napa: MS Matt Stamp examines the so-called New California movement as it has emerged in Napa. Sonoma winemakers, followed by others throughout the state, led the way in exploring this new style; in Napa, there have been fewer revolutionaries thanks to high costs and a clearly established style. And yet entrepreneurs are making their mark. [SevenFifty Daily]
What do you think?
For those of you with viticultural experience, what do you think of the Climate Adaptation Certification?
What are your favorite Mexican wines? Do you see many in your market?
Which Burgundy producers are your go-to less-expensive options?
Who else is making exciting “new wave” wine in Napa? What else should be said about Napa’s role in the New California movement?
What else have you been reading this week?
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