In Wine-Searcher, Liza B. Zimmerman looks at how climate change is altering the way winemakers work in southern Oregon as conditions move from foggy to fiery. “Initiatives include everything from focusing on different varietals to harvesting earlier and irrigating vineyards more intensely and frequently. Smart producers have been slowly changing up their game for some time but new strategies for moving forward are only likely to get more drastic as the heat in the Pacific Northwest – once known as a fairly foggy and cool region of the country – shows little signs of abating.”
In Modern Farmer, I report on how California wineries, farms, and ranches are struggling to secure wildfire insurance coverage, and the ways in which the newly signed SB-11 bill does—and does not—help.
Jancis Robinson explores Austrian reds. “Perhaps it is because Austria is so closely associated with white wines, those made from their own Grüner Veltliner grape in particular, that the prices of the reds have lagged…But over the last 10 years or so the Blaufränkisch grape has increasingly been recognised as an Austrian speciality to be proud of and many of Austria’s most respected reds…”
Can sweet wine’s image in the US be rehabilitated? In Wine Enthusiast, Kelsey Ogletree looks at how a new crop of winemakers are earning appreciation for their sweet wines and working to reverse negative stereotypes.
Alder Yarrow calls the new wine brand La Pelle—a collaboration between Maayan Koschitzky, a partner in the winemaking consultancy Atelier Melka, and Miguel Luna and Pete Richmond, who are partners in the Silverado Farming Company—“a brand to watch for sure.”
In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre offers advice for pairing wine with ripe summer produce. (subscription req.)
In Decanter, Chris Mercer shares recent updates from land agency Safer, which has updated its list of vineyard prices, from the legendary Côte d’Or to more under-the-radar regions.