Wine news January 24, 2018

The Drinks Business reports that Japan has tightened wine labeling rules. "This has prompted wineries including Takeda Winery in Kaminoyama, Yamagata Prefecture, a major wine producing region in Japan, to adapt its popular ‘Zao Star’ series red wine labels."

Seven Fifty Daily explores Mexico's new wine scene. "Although the Valle de Guadalupe (Guadalupe Valley) is Baja’s anchoring viticultural thoroughfare and is frequented by San Diego residents, it’s a small but mighty natural-wine project called Bichi Wines, based further north, in Tecate, Mexico, that has many wine buyers reimagining Mexican beverages beyond beer and agave spirits."

The South China Morning Post profiles Laura Catena. "Catena describes malbec as having “rich aromatics, sometimes floral, some­times of dark fruits, depending on the origin, and a rich, complex, smooth mouthfeel. It ages beautifully but is also delicious young.”