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    A leader in promoting gender equality, New Zealand was the first country to grant women the right to vote in 1893. Lucia and John Gilbert explore the country's egalitarian attitudes to women wanting to break into the field of winemaking.

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    Reuters reports worldwide wine output at a 60 year low. "Wine production totaled 250 million hectoliters last year, down 8.6 percent from 2016, data from the Paris-based International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) released on Tuesday showed."

    CNN asks can wine save Greece's Santorini from too much tourism? "It started in the mid 70s, in harmony with agricultural activity, but in the last 15 years the dramatic pace of hotel construction has made hotels a threat to farming on Santorini."

    The North Bay Business Journal talks to the CEO of C. Mondavi wines about "cultural premiumization."

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  • Winemaker interviews

    Lisa Denning discusses with Bertrand Vigouroux how his family brought new life to an old grape.

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    The Washington Post says ignore the weather and drink rosé. "Not that we can’t drink those wines year-round, of course. But as farmers markets begin to offer spring’s produce and our menus become simpler, fresher and lighter, so should our wines."

    The Guardian on the pleasures of less alcohol in wine. "Lower alcohol tends to mean higher acidity and sharper fruit flavours – think redcurrant or raspberry, rather than black cherry or plum."

    Jancis Robinson asks with the challenges around pricing and availability what will fill red Burgundy's place? "AB Vintners, also a long-standing UK burgundy-importing specialist, now regularly goes fishing for affordable Pinot Noir in Oregon, America's prime territory for the grape. John Arnold of AB Vintners sees Oregon as 'an option for clients who want to drink delicious, high-quality Pinot (and Chardonnay or Riesling) in the £20–£60 bracket, without the faff of Burgundy, including all that allocation malarkey."

    Andrew Jefford in Decanter explores Châteauneuf. "Since yields were also unusually generous in 2016, it’s little wonder that many growers describe it as having been (in the words of Julien Barrot of Domaine de la Barroche) “perfect."

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  • Winemaker interviews

    Fall Creek Vineyards was the first winery in the Texas Hill Country region to open in 1975. Their original oenologist was the famed André Tchelistcheff. Grape Collective talks to Director of Winemaking at Fall Creek Vineyards, Sergio Cuadra and owner Ed Auler.

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    Eric Asimov in the New York Times on a hot new NYC restaurant focused on natural wines. "The wine director, Jorge Riera, has put together a list that is entirely, uncompromisingly, focused on natural wines, a controversial genre in which the grapes are farmed organically at the least, and the wine produced with minimal artifice or manipulation."

    The LA Times on what's wrong with rosé wine. "Rosé is, in short, no longer a wine. It's a lifestyle ornament, a Cosmo made from grapes, a catchphrase, a punch line (rosé o'clock, rosé all day. brosé), a poolside accessory, an excuse for all-day day-drinking, a thing to pound, to pose with, to signify on social media how much fun you're having."

    Bloomberg evaluates the best and worst of the 2017 Bordeaux vintage. "The word I heard over and over again was “surprise.” The outstanding quality of wines from “not-frosted” vineyards is way better than everyone expected, given the challenges of the vintage."

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    The San Francisco Chronicle reports that wine legend Heitz sells to an Arkansas billionaire. “It’s hopefully the first of many investments that he makes,” Boyd said of his new boss. “He’s looking at vineyard acquisitions, he’s looking at other winery acquisitions. He is certainly excited by our industry.”

    Rising cannabis use could cut into wine consumption reports Forbes. "The report notes that “every demographic group expected their marijuana consumption to rise, but the rise was especially significant among women and older, wealthier consumers,” which makes sense because “these individuals conceivably have the most to lose [like mortgages or higher-paying jobs] if caught using [or] possessing illegal drugs."

    The North Bay Business Journal profiles Trinchero Estates the fourth largest wine producer in the US. "The family bought Sutter Home Winery in 1947, and a fluke “stuck” fermentation of zinfandel led to a sweet rosé released as “white zinfandel” in 1975. That wine became a top-selling premium wine by 1989."

    The Associated Press visits the Columbia River Gorge wine country in Oregon. "Wine tasting in the region is a relaxing contrast to the Willamette Valley south of Portland, where traffic and crowded tasting rooms can detract from the experience."

    Decanter contemplates tasting notes. "A tasting note about a finished, bottled wine needs to give an accurate reflection of what someone will find when they pull the cork."

    The Drinks Businesson how climate change will change Bordeaux. "The Bordeaux of 2050 could be much fruitier, may not have the same capacity for ageing and could have a lower alcohol content, a Bordeaux winemaker and oenologist has warned."

    Seven Fifty Daily on hyper-focused wine clubs. "Wynkoop loves ferreting out small producers that the wine-drinking public would otherwise not know about, saying, “I like to call myself a little PR agency for the small guys.”

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    Atlas Obscura asks is it a good idea to buy the second cheapest wine on the list?

    The Wine Enthusiast on the beginners guide to natural wine. " Others feel that to introduce rules and regulations to natural wine would contradict the category’s grassroots, anti-bureaucratic, rebellious spirit."

    New York Magazine on the best wine books according to sommeliers. “Kermit Lynch was one of the first major importers of great French wine into the States,” Betts explains, “and his tales of grand feasts, cold cellar tastings, and navigating the world of the wine merchant are a lovely treat.”

    The New Yorker on a wine for Coachella. "In June, 2015, Electric Sky débuted at the Electric Daisy Carnival, in Las Vegas, selling four-cup “stacks” for thirty-five dollars a pop at concession stands. The brand has since saturated the country’s most popular music festivals like Merlot on a white couch."

    Decanter reports "Tributes have been paid to Leonildo 'Nino' Pieropan, a pioneer of Soave wine quality in Italy and widely respected winemaker, who has died aged 71."

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  • Column

    Dorothy J. Gaiter on the attributes that make a great wine bar - and her discovery of Uvaggio in Miami.

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  • Winemaker Interviews

    The timeless, fog-shrouded hills of Italy’s Piedmont are dotted with legendary vineyards and known for the magnificent wines that come from them. They are not, however, noted for much organic or biodynamic viticulture. Annette Hilberg and her husband Michelangelo Pasquero are on a mission to change this. Recently, Hilberg visited Grape Collective in New York for a conversation about her decades-long study of the lessons nature has to teach us and what this means for the Hilberg-Pasquero wines.

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