In Decanter, Elaine Chukan Brown celebrates the future of Zinfandel. “In California, history has demonstrated no grape is better suited to the varied conditions of the state than Zinfandel. Its ability to adapt exceeds that of Pinot even…Over the last 10 years, Zinfandel has gone through a market correction. Its least interesting vines have been pulled in favour of more lucrative varieties. Farming costs have driven out lower-end price points. Sites with a track record of quality remain. Classic producers have been joined by newer brands looking to capture the energy of California’s oldest vineyards with fresh enthusiasm.”
In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley highlights Brown Estate, “which claims to be (and is, as far as I can tell) Napa Valley’s first Black-owned winery.”
Dick Erath, Willamette Valley pioneer and founder of Erath Winery in the Dundee Hills, died on March 29, reports Sean P. Sullivan. He was 87.
Kathleen Wilcox explores New Mexico’s Mimbres Valley AVA, “one of three American Viticultural Areas in New Mexico, and it is by far the largest, spread across 636,800 acres at 4,000–6,000 feet above sea level in the southwestern corner of the state,” in Wine Enthusiast.
Oregon Public Broadcasting looks at how Chardonnay reflects Oregon’s changing wine scene.
In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre talks to photographer George Rose, who’s spent decades capturing the landscape of vineyards, about what he’s observed about climate change over those years.
In Punch, Megan Krigbaum explores the evolution of non-alcoholic wine.
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