Daily Wine News: Duchang!

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 11-29-2011

Decanter reports that “scientists in Australia have sequenced the Brettanomyces genome — a breakthrough that will ‘future-proof’ the industry against spoilage by the yeast organism.” Hooray!

Can’t afford a case of Château Lafite Rothschild? Don’t worry about it — Hong Kong-based Wing Lung Bank will lend you as much as $641,840 to make the purchase. No wonder why Elin McCoy’s nickname for the Chinese wine investment market is “duchang.”

“EU protectionism sucks.” Which is why Jamie Goode believes “we should support plans to lift restrictions on EU vineyard planting.”

“The only thing more challenging than matching the right drink to the right person in your life? Doing it during the holidays.” In the San Francisco Chronicle, Jon Bonné dons his “gift matchmaker hat” and allays your fears.

Elsewhere in the Chronicle, a wonderful piece on the Corralitos Wine Trail, “a short hop south of Santa Cruz in a pocket of gentle hills and valleys where the mountain range begins its slide into the Pacific.”

Chinese NBA star Yao Ming is launching his own Napa Valley winery. The target for his $289 per bottle wine? China, of course.

In recent months, bottles with Grignan-les-Adhémar AOC have started to appear on retail shelves. If you’ve never heard of this wine-growing region, that’s because it used to be known as the Coteaux du Tricastin AOC. But then things went nuclear.

In the New York Times, Eric Asimov pays homage to the latest obsessesion of beer geeks: Sour Beer!

Comments (6)

  1. I usually defend the AOC organization’s thinking in naming rules, but this ridiculous. Tricastan is a sub-region of the Cotes du Rhone, like Ventoux and Luberon. The AOC hasn’t recognized individual villages in those regions because they weren’t of the same quality as the Cotes du Rhone wines in general. Of course there are villages and producers who do a wonderful job, but the AOC hadn’t recognized them separately. Grignan, as far as I know, doesn’t have anything special to distinguish its wines from the rest of Tricastan.

  2. Tom: My read on this is that “Tricastin” will cease to exist, replaced by “Grignan.”

  3. The Yao Ming story is interesting. Yao is pretty popular in China. If the Hong Kong wine investors turn their interest to top end cali cabs, it may take some heat off bordeaux.

  4. That doesn’t make sense either — Tricastan is a big area comprising more than 20 villages, and Grignan is a small village in the region. The Chateau is nice but not something to name a wine area for. Tricastan, like Ventoux and Luberon, had its origins in natural features of the area.

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  6. Jeff: Welcome! Glad you’re enjoying the blog!