Wine news June 1, 2018

The Wall Street Journal celebrates Verdicchio. "When will more wine drinkers discover Verdicchio? Prices are reasonable and quality is high, but production is small, so the wines can be harder to find."

Bloomberg says you should be excited about Port. "The received wisdom is that port wines have to be aged 20 to 40 years to smooth out tannins and weave flavors together, a problem in this instant-gratification world. But the 2016s have such impressive balance, pure luscious fruit, and polished tannins that you might find it hard to lock them away for decades."

Eric Asimov's New York Times Wine School takes on Campania. "These wines all have the fiano grape and the volcanic soils of Campania in common. Still, they are a mixed bag." The next lesson is Aligoté. "Don’t worry about vintage. For aligoté, I happen to love the 2014s, but others will do nicely."

Decanter reports that an Argentine winery has created its own cryptocurrency. "Almost half of the bottles – a Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon blend – have been sold already, mostly to first-time crypto buyers."