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Wine news September 18, 2015

In the New York Times Eric Asimov says Danny Meyer has a wine for everyone. “We’ve found that trying to be generous with the pricing is a pretty darn good business plan,” Mr. Ragan said."

In Bloomberg South African wine body pairs Nigeria with red, Angola with fizz. “They are crazy about J.C. Le Roux” in Angola, “it is the biggest mover in the market,” Mbatha said. “In Nigeria, they really like to consume red wine there, as much as it’s hot, they love your Pinotage, your Merlot.”

The Wall Street Journal profiles wine label designer Nadira Vlaun. "Other clients, past and present, include Paumanok Vineyards, Kontokosta Winery, One Woman Wines & Vineyards, Southold Farm + Cellar and most recently, Saltbird Cellars, a new winemaking project of vintner Robin Epperson-McCarthy."

In SF Gate the Oakland urban wine trail is now on the map. 

The Wall Street Journal calls Cabernet Franc the ideal summer into fall wine. "What do winemakers like so much about Cabernet Franc? They use words like “elegant,” “finesse” and even “charming,” to capture its character, but Mr. Skupny may have said it best when describing Cab Franc’s earthy, sometimes smoky aroma: “It smells like fall.”

Decanter on a nuclear bomb proof wine cellar. "At the end of the 1970s, you had this nuclear power plant of Blayais that came to the other side of Pauillac, and then it also was the cold war. And then in Switzerland at the same time you had all those houses that had to be built with a bomb shelter in the house,’ said Edouard."

Le Pan profiles Mike Grgich. “It’s hard to compare this wine to a wine from 40 years ago,” says Grgich. “But it’s a similar style. I’ve always liked elegance.” 

The Drinks Business reports that wineries escape major damage after the Chilean quake. "The 8.3-magnitude earthquake, which hit at around 8pm local time, had its epicentre in the country’s Coquimbo wine region, which contains the Elqui, Limari and Choapa valleys, very near to La Serena, prompting one million people to be evacuated from their homes."

Vinepair on sacramental wine. "Biggest surprise, sacramental wine can actually be red or white, dry or sweet, even fortified, as long as the source of fortification is also grape-derived, and as long as the ABV stays between 5 and 18%."

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