Daily Wine News: Quality in Germany

German producer Leitz makes a range of nonalcoholic wines under the Eins Zwei Zero label.

In SevenFifty Daily, Valerie Kathawala looks into why Germany is driving the quality revolution for non-alcoholic wine. “While many producers and industry experts believe these are still early days in the development of quality dealcoholized wines, dedicated researchers at Geisenheim, Germany’s top wine university, have been working on alcohol reduction in wine for at least 40 years…A recent step up in quality stems from producers paying closer attention to the condition of their base wines and from experiential and technological breakthroughs that are noticeable in the latest vintages. Germany is also gaining considerable sophistication in the fast-evolving field of flavor capture and add-back.”

“Three important cultural touchstones in wine—the founding of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation, the film Sideways and Pinot Noir’s skyrocketing success across California—may have never happened without Michael Benedict, who died last week at age 83 from melanoma.” In Wine Enthusiast, Matt Kettmann remembers Michael Benedict and looks at how he changed California’s Pinot Noir game.

As Champagne brands get stronger, do they still have the same appeal for consumers? In Wine-Searcher, Kathleen Willcox explores the changing face of Big Champagne.

On JancisRobinson.com, Alder Yarrow shares his picks for the top California rosés.

“The DO Cava is in the process of implementing demanding new regulations, which require all wines in the Cava de Guarda Superior category to be 100% organic by 2025,” reports Martin Green in Decanter.

South Africa experienced a cool harvest season that resulted in low volumes for the 2023 vintage. Meininger’s has the details.

Nicole Kliest highlights Sicilian wines in the Zoe Report.

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