Wine news May 10, 2017

Bloomberg on China building an Epcot Center for wine. "The chateau is but one part of an ambitious 600 million yuan ($86.9 million) complex completed four years ago just outside the city of Xi’an, in Shaanxi province in central China. It is a prodigious winemaking operation powered by more than 2,000 acres of vines."

The Sacramento Bee on Paso Robles beyond Cabernet Sauvignon. "More than 40 varieties of wine grape are planted at Paso Robles. The area is so varied in topography, microclimates and soils it has been subdivided into 11 sub-appellations with such colorful and historic names as Templeton Gap District, Adelaida District and Estrella District."

The Press Democrat explores Beaujolais. "Four of the 10 areas — Chénas, Juliénas, Morgon and Moulin-à-Vent — traditionally produce the darkest and most concentrated Beaujolais and thus command the highest prices."

Decanter picks it top natural wines.

Decanter on Emmanuel Macron's blind tasting skills. "In the blind tasting, Macron correctly identified a Bordeaux Blanc and a Côteaux d’Aix en Provence rosé. However, he did slip up slightly on the Château Pape-Clément 2005, which he mistakenly pinned as being from Pauillac, not Pessac-Léognan."