Delectable acquired: Antonio Galloni of Vinous has acquired Delectable. The terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed, but Galloni has remarked that the professional content and journalistic features of the app are lacking. Delectable is one of the most heavily trafficked wine apps, with over 120,000 unique users each month. [New York Post]
Defining natural wine: France’s INAO has discussed defining natural wine since December 2014. Natural wine producers don’t seem particularly concerned about the definition, but organic producers who must meet strict certification standards fear they’re losing customers to an undefined and unregulated category. [Wine Spectator]
Calling attention to Lambrusco: The cheap versions of Lambrusco that flooded the American market in the 1970s and 1980s have given the category a bad reputation, but some are rediscovering its charms. With a variety of grapes allowed and several methods of production (tank, ancestral, and Champagne methods), the category is more complex than it seems at first glance. Fizzy, low in alcohol, usually inexpensive, and varied in intensity, it’s perfect for the holidays. [NYT]
Protesting pesticides in Bordeaux: Protesters have planted white crosses alongside signs warning of pesticide-related illness in the Médoc. The largest user of pesticides in France is the Aquitaine region, where Bordeaux is located. The Bordeaux wine council, CIVB, has been addressing risks and working to lower pesticide use. [Decanter]
Gin on the rise: British gin sales reached record levels in 2016, outpacing the growth of beer and sparkling wine. Gin is being imported in record volumes as well, with notable growth in American exports especially. But gin isn’t the only winner in the market—British alcohol sales rose 2% overall in 2016. [Guardian]
Top 10 wines of 2016: “The best” isn’t the same as “the greatest” in the world of wine, says Eric Asimov. In that spirit, he offers a list of the 10 most memorable wines he drank in 2016. His list includes good Retsina at San Francisco’s fast-casual Souvla, 2013 Rubicon enjoyed at Inglenook, and 24 vintages of Château Margaux tasted just a week before Pontallier’s passing. [NYT]
What do you think?
How would you advise Galloni on what to do next with Delectable?
Do you think natural wine should be defined? If so, how would you define it?
How much Lambrusco do you sell and/or drink yourself? Do the stereotypes still reign in your market?
What do you think of the conversation and the protests about pesticides in Bordeaux?
Have you noticed gin consumption rising in your city?
Eric Crane started a version of this conversation already, but what are some of your most memorable wines, as defined by Asimov, from 2016?
What else have you been reading this week?