Daily Wine News: New Bordeaux Grapes

Touriga Nacional, one of the new varieties allowed in Bordeaux.

Touriga Nacional, one of the new varieties allowed in Bordeaux.

In Decanter, Jane Anson looks at what the new permitted grape varieties mean for Bordeaux. “For now, most winemakers are taking their time before making any decisions…what is sure is that planting new varieties mean more investment to buy and plant the vines, more tanks for separate vinifications, and more paperwork to follow what happens next. And for now, none of the prestigious appellations have even murmured that they may follow suit. What impact it will really have on the taste of Bordeaux wines in the years to come is up for debate.”

“Rhys Vineyards LLC, based on the California Central Coast but with vines in Mendocino County’s prime pinot noir region of Anderson Valley, has agreed to pay $3.76 million to settle enforcement actions brought by state wildlife and water regulators for unpermitted diversion of rainwater runoff on property of a planned small vineyard in a northern part of the county,” reports North Bay Business Journal.

“Cachapoal Valley-based Valle Secreto winery has taken terroir to a new level by making its own concrete eggs using rocks from its vineyards, which it will use to age a new range of wines called Origen,” reports Phoebe French in the Drinks Business.

Rick Steves offers a guide to wine travel in the Douro Valley in USA Today.

In Vinous, David Schildknecht reports on the 2017 Rheingau and Mittelrhein Rieslings.

In Imbibe Magazine, Emma Janzen covers a few myths about natural wine that Alice Feiring debunks in her new book, Natural Wine for the People.

And in New Jersey Monthly, I get a taste of a mid-19th century Madeira found at the Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University in 2015.

Source : http://www.terroirist.com/2019/08/daily-wine-news-new-bordeaux-grapes/