CURRENT EVENTS

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BEVERAGE LAW UPDATES

2021 VINTAGE DETAILS

WINERY UPDATES

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BEVERAGE LAW UPDATES

Europe's shocking move to allow hybrid grapevines (12/16/2021)

Wines of Alentejo Announces Rigorous New Sustainability Certification Program (12/15/2021)

Historical Super Tuscan’ producers unite under new association (12/8/2021)

Arizona receives a third AVA, Valley Verde (11/10/2021)

Lower Long Tom AVA is granted as a sub-AVA in Willamette Valley, Oregon (11/10/2021)

Sweetness levels now stated on Alsace wines (11/4/2021)

Chemical weeding banned in the vineyards of Pomerol (10/26/2021)

Natural Wine is Now Legal: Hungarian Wine Law Joins the Modern World (8/20/2021)

Massive change proposed for Champagne (7/19/2021)

European Union Awards Willamette Valley Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Status (7/16/2021)

Goose Gap becomes a new AVA within Yakima Valley AVA in Washington State (7/16/2021)

Demerara Rum has been awarded a Protected Geographical Indication (GI) in the European Union (7/8/2021)

Changing the Rules for Chianti Classico (7/3/2021)

Texas Wine Growers Celebrates Authenticity in Wine Labeling (6/28/2021)

The Burn of Columbia Valley and White Bluffs become AVAs in Washington State (6/19/2021)

Palos Verdes Peninsula becomes an AVA in Los Angeles County (6/19/2021)

Chianti Classico increases requirements for Gran Selezione and approved 11 MGAs (6/17/2021)

The B.O.E. Certifies the Strict New Zoning and Segmentation of the D.O. Cava (6/16/2021)

New Jersey introduces new wine regions (6/3/2021)

New Place-Specific Appellations in Store for Germany (4/21/2021)

EU appellations to be granted rights for dealcoholised wine production (4/21/2021)

TTB permits two new grape varieties for American wine labels (3/12/2021)

New Japanese Whisky regulations (3/4/2021)

Swiss Vin Nature: The Regulations Have Arrived (2/23/2021)

INAO approves six new grapes in Bordeaux (1/27/2021)

Tehachapi Mountains becomes an AVA in Southern Callifornia (11/21/2020)

Terre Alfieri DOC is promoted to DOCG (10/22/2020)

Ruster Ausbruch becomes a DAC within Burgenland, Austria (10/21/2020)

Côtes du Rhône-Villages AOC receives it's 22nd Geographic Designation: Nyons (10/20/2020)

Candy Mountain becomes an AVA within Yakima Valley, Washington (9/26/2020)

 

Pouilly-Fuissé AOP receives approval for 22 Premier Crus (9/5/2020)

Royal Slope becomes an AVA within Columbia Valley, Washington (9/2/2020)

Alisos Canyon becomes an AVA in Santa Barbara County, California (9/1/2020)

Trevelin becomes a GI in Patagonia, Argentina (8/19/2020)

 

Israel receives six new geographical indications (8/10/2020)

Cava DO has new zones and aging terminology, Cava de Guarda and Cava de Guarda Superior (7/15/2020)

Prosecco Rose production is permitted starting with the 2019 harvest (5/22/2020)

France officially recognizes natural wine (3/26/2020)

New Cru Bourgeois classification (2/21/2020)

 

CURRENT VINTAGE DETAILS

A Season of Drought: The 2021 growing season: a dry review (12/2/2021)

Vintners report for 2021 California harvest (11/10/2021)

Ciatti California Report (11/2021)

Cava Completes an Excellent Harvest with Over 330,000 Tons of Grapes (10/27/2021)

Drought hits Napa Valley 2021 harvest but quality shows promise (10/11/2021)

Italy's 2021 Vintage: Small but Perfectly Formed (10/8/2021)

Extreme weather causes 60% drop in Champagne crop for 2021 (9/10/2021)

Severe drought forces one of Sonoma’s foremost Syrah vineyards to make no wine this year (8/10/2021)

Wildfires rage in Greece and Italy (8/10/2021)

Heat units in Northwest vineyards as much as 29% ahead of last year (8/9/2021)

AOC Médoc, Haut-Médoc and Listrac-Médoc to enforce mandatory environmental certification (7/29/2021)

British Columbia wineries face another blow as wildfire rages nearby (7/20/21)

Destruction in the Ahr Valley (7/19/21)

Mildew Threatens French Grape Harvest (7/18/21)

Record Heat Blankets the Northwest (7/9/2021)

California hit by third heatwave in two months with warning of record-breaking temperatures (7/8/2021)

Ribera del Duero declares 2020 vintage "excellent" (7/7/2021)

North Coast grape harvest nears with smaller crop amid challenges of drought, wildfires (7/3/2021)

Brunello unleashes another classic vintage (6/22/2021)

Betz Family Winery Announces it Will Not Release a 2020 Vintage (6/10/2021)

 

Producers reveal the scale of frost damage in Champagne (5/5/2021)

Snow, Freeze Events Hit Vineyards in the Midwest and East (4/26/2020)

Frost hits between 30% and 50% of Bordeaux (4/22/2021)

Record-setting Date for Late Frost in Texas Vineyards (4/21/2021)

Frost strikes European vineyards (4/9/2021)

New Zealand: Light 'n' Lovely: Low yields but High Quality in Vintage 2021 (4/8/2021)

 

Bud Break Begins in Napa Valley (3/11/2021)

A Look Into 2021 in Wairarapa (2/23/2021)

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WINERY UPDATES

Why is Château Angélus leaving the St Emilion classification? (1/5/2022)

WINWSA’s 50 most influential women in wine and spirts (12/15/2021)

Vega Sicilia buys land in Rías Baixas for its sixth winery (11/29/2021)

Guigal to launch fourth ‘La La’ Côte-Rôtie (11/3/2021)

Symington Family Estates launches ‘School of Port’ series (10/27/2021)

Chile to form organic wine growers’ association (7/26/21)

Château Ausone and Château Cheval Blanc renounce the Saint-Emilion classification (7/9/2021)

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates to be acquired by Sycamore Partners for approximately $1.2 billion (7/9/2021)

The story of Chile’s Seña (7/7/2021)

Francis Ford Coppola Winery to be acquired by Napa-based Delicato Family Wines (6/24/2021)

Gaylon Lawrence Jr. of Lawrence Wine Estates purchases Burgess Cellars (6/2/2021)

Jim Clendenen, Santa Barbara Winemaking Pioneer, Dies at 68 (5/19/2021)

Constellation Invests in Donae Burston’s La Fête du Rosé (5/13/2021)

Corpinnat turns it up to 11 by adding Pardas (5/12/2021)

Renowned winemaker Paul Hobbs releases inaugural Finger Lakes wine (5/10/2021)

Wine ‘Mozart’ Laurent Vaillé of Grange des Pères dies (5/5/2021)

Fladgate Partnership declares four vintage Ports from 2019 (4/21/2021)

Pio Boffa, Piedmont Wine Patriarch, Dies of COVID-19 (4/18/2021)

Bollinger Champagne Owners Buy Oregon's Ponzi Vineyards (4/7/2021)

Antinori acquires majority stake in Friuli Venezia Giulia's Cantina Jermann (3/5/2021)

LVMH acquires 50% of Jay-Z’s Armand de Brignac Champagne (2/22/2021)

Louis Roederer reveals new still wines from Champagne region (2/18/2021)

Penfolds debuts California collection (2/15/2021)

Château du Tertre sold to Alsatian winemakers (1/21/2021)

 

Legendary California winery Williams Selyem will hand over control to the French Faiveley family (1/15/2021)

 

Stony Hill Vineyard purchased by Heitz Cellar (12/23/2020)

F.X. Pichler walks away from the Vinea Wachau Association (10/16/2020)

Far Niente Family of Wineries Expands (10/8/2020)

Heitz Cellar Team Buys Napa's Burgess Cellars (9/11/2020)

 

Jackson Family Wines buy Australia's Giant Steps Winery (8/24/2020)

Guigal acquires it's second Chateauneuf-du-Pape estate Domaine Les Clefs d'Or (8/10/2020)

Cole Ranch AVA sells for $2.7 million (8/5/2020)

Ramón Bilbao has launched a trio of single vineyard wines as part of its ambitious new Lalomba project (7/28/2020)

Champagne Taittinger’s English winery, Domaine Evremond, is one step closer to commercial operation (7/21/2020)

Spain’s Familia Torres is set to launch an Albariño from Rias Baixas that has been fermented and aged in egg-shaped vessels made from granite (7/16/2020)

 

INTERESTING ARTICLES

Removing Brett from barrels using just steam (12/3/2021)

The First Biodynamic Single Malt Scotch Shows the Promise and Limitations of Terroir for Whisky (11/26/2021)

Regenerative viticulture: what is it, and why all the fuss now? (11/18/2021)

Tablas Creek Vineyards: The road from Demeter-Certified to Regenerative Organic Certified (11/3/2021)

Climate Change Threatens Wine, and a Way of Life, in Jura (11/3/2021)

Paper shortage, delays cause disruption in printing of wine labels (10/26/2021)

Massive Byzantine-era winery discovered in Israel (10/11/2021)

Argentina’s Vineyards Can’t Bottle Wines Due to Glass Shortage (10/8/2021)

How much does a French vineyard cost? (7/30/2021)

5 reasons why Itata will be Chile’s next big thing (7/23/21)

Could underground heat exchangers combat frost in vineyards? (7/23/21)

A Bolivian adventure (7/17/2021)

Domaine Dujac’s Diana Seysses explains how producers can become key players in the future of green fuel by working together to trap CO2 during vinification (7/12/2021)

Wine Scholar Guild creates an Italian Vintage Chart (7/8/2021)

Winemakers Speak Out on Choosing New Jersey and Transforming the Wine Scene (6/29/2021)

D.O. Cava Launches the First Certified Online Cava Training School (6/22/2021)

Secret Workings of Smell Receptors Revealed for First Time (6/21/2021)

China’s central government has approved a 15-year wine development plan for Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region with a scale that could match the production levels of Bordeaux, France wine capital (6/20/2021)

Assyrtiko, Carricante, and Timorasso: Three peas in a pod? (6/17/2021)

Bordeaux Is Back: 2020 Futures Prices and Analysis (5/20/2021)

The Complete Guide to Fighting Frost (4/22/2021)

The Fascinating History & Wines of Crete (4/6/2021)

French trademark major grape varieties (4/1/2021)

Swiss Grapes: Räuschling — The Acid Queen (3/29/2021)

On the Origin of Fun in Distilled Liquors (3/26/2021)

New York Rocks (3/25/2021)

What is the Sweet Spot for Low Alcohol Wines? (3/16/2021)

Who are the true innovators in the world of wine? (3/15/2021)

Cease Fire - U.S. and EU Agree to Suspend Airbus Tariffs for Four Months (3/5/2021)

Futuro Viñador, a new terroir-driven association to watch in Spain (2/13/2021)

St-Emilion to get hail defence ‘launch’ system (1/29/2021)

Wine Lovers Looking To Bolivia (1/3/2020)

China imposes tariffs up to 212% of Australian Wine (11/27/2020)

 

Champagne producers petition to permit honey for dosage (10/29/2020)

 

AWRI wine closure trial report (10/9/2020)

Vermouth production begins in Japan (10/5/2020)

2,600-year-old wine 'factory' unearthed in Lebanon (9/14/2020)

 

Flash detente technology for smoke effect mitigation (8/27/2020)

 

Three misunderstood topics in Spanish wine (8/21/2020)

With distinctive terroir and varied microclimates, Mexico’s Baja California aims to preserve its character (8/17/2020)

Trade Representative says 25% duties will remain in place for most French, Spanish, and German wines (8/13/2020)

Walla Walla confronts phylloxera (8/10/2020)

A breakthrough study in Europe could open the door to an end to the curse of phylloxera (7/30/2020)

100 million Euro wine fraud ring uncovered, six arrested (7/27/2020)

Winemakers from Burgundy, Austria, Portugal and California debated the complex issues around sustainable, organic and biodynamic viticulture at a recent climate talk hosted by the Porto Protocol Foundation (7/23/2020)

Six months after fires destroyed almost a third of the vines in Adelaide Hills, 21 producers in the region have teamed up to create a wine to raise funds for those affected (7/10/2020)

British sustainable packaging company Frugalpac has launched a wine bottle made from 94% recycled paperboard, which it said has a carbon footprint 84% less than that of glass (7/1/2020)

2018 another declared vintage for Port (4/24/2020)

Understanding Arak, an Ancient Spirit with Modern Appeal (3/9/2020)

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