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Wine news April 4, 2016

The New York Times on the collapse of Premier Cru wine merchant. "t. Now investigators and customers are looking into whether Premier Cru’s futures business was also used to fund the largest-ever Ponzi scheme in the wine world — with some of the biggest victims coming from China."

The Washington Post on Total Wine's David Trone and his congressional aspirations. 

Business Insider on climate change and wine. "If we see Chinese wine on our shelves in the US, do we buy it? How long does it take before we trust that product?" Jones told Business Insider.  "Until they reach a place where they can produce enough where they can market it to another region, it's going to be difficult."

Quartz on how Italians want their kids to learn about wine in school. “We have more vines than churches,” Stefàno said, explaining that, unlike other traditional products (such as oil), wine production is something all Italians identify with, regardless of their regional provenance. The bill, which he presented on March 24 (link in Italian), notes how winemaking is an integral cultural part of Mediterranean cultures as well as a large source of employment (1.25 million jobs)."

Conde Nast Traveler on Spanish wine regions you should be visiting. 

Jancis Robinson on some of the challenges with Burgundy including the selling of Bourgogne. "ome Burgundians make charming red and white Bourgogne that delivers pleasure, but I feel too many apply the same winemaking recipe as they do to fruit from their grander vineyards that can take extended macerations, so that the result can be a sullen Bourgogne you have to wait for many a long year for, with very tightly crossed fingers."
 
PopSugar on how Drew Barrymore is excited about her new rosé. ""I like easy-drinking wines. What I don't like is when easy-drinking wines are written off as [having] lack of complexity or made without TLC." This is no wine-label-slapping venture for Drew."

The Washington Post says when choosing a rosé vintage matters. "Many of the 2015 rosés I’ve tasted from Provence and other regions of southern France show a bit of uncharacteristic sweetness, a trait of the ripe vintage. "

In Decanter Andrew Jefford tastes 19 vintages from the Morey-St Denis Grand Cru vineyard of Clos de Tart. "How many modern presses will last 454 years?"





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