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Wine news December 5, 2016

Salon on the impact of a Trump administration on the wine industry.  "Vineyards employ the majority of immigrants who work in the wine industry, and these skilled workers do everything from planting and pruning the vines to hand harvesting the fruit and preparing it for market."

Jancis Robinson tastes 2002 Champagne. "This wine really stood out from the crowd, not least because its maker insists it is a wine not a champagne, and it did indeed look and taste rather like raisins macerated in old white burgundy."

ABC News reports that Broncos star Von Miller gifts wine to every AFC East player. "A cabernet sauvignon called The Setting, the wine was blended by Boulder, Colorado, native Jesse Katz and features Miller's autograph and an outline of orange eyeglasses on the label."

The Washington Post on how Virginia can find it's wine identity. "Today, the best Virginia wines show a distinct sense of character, even of “place.” Wineries such as Linden, Ox-Eye and RdV were founded on land chosen for wine grapes, in contrast to vineyards planted on vacation farms."

The week provides gift suggestions for wine lovers.

The Wine Spectator reveals its top 10 wines of 2016. Lots of points.

On Stuart Pigott reveals his top 25 dry German Riesling of 2016. "Helmut Dönnhoff of the eponymous estate in Oberhausen/Nahe, the father of Cornelius Dönnhoff and maker of the number wine on the hit list explains. “More than 20 years ago we only got the kind of fully ripe, but beautifully clean grapes for top quality dry wines a couple of times a decade, so those wines were rare. Today we get the right kind of grapes for them every year!” 

In Decanter Andrew Jefford explores Cava. "he result, in the case of the best Cava, is a fine sparkling wine of genuinely indigenous style.  One which, in other words, not only has Mediterranean scents and flavours, but whose balance is necessarily and appropriately different to that of Champagne."

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