In the New York Times, Eric Asimov reports on the problem with glass bottles, which contribute enormously to climate change, and looks at the companies who have tried—and failed—to shift consumers’ recycling behaviors. “The Environmental Protection Agency estimates only 31 percent of glass in the United States is recycled, compared with 74 percent in Europe and more than 95 percent in Sweden, Belgium and Slovenia…Another company, Good Goods, likewise abandoned a test program of returnable wine bottles after finding consumers were simply not bringing them back. Both Good Goods and Gotham tried various incentives for consumers returning bottles, like small deposits, store credit, even donations to charity, but nothing worked in the long run.”
In the Financial Times, Tim Hayward says it’s time for the natural wines war to end. “For a small but significant subsector of the hospitality industry, “low intervention” or “natural” wines have become a hill worth dying on. They are made by fabulous young winemakers, they conform to hardly any of the tedious conventions that have defined the industry for years and they force us to ask overdue and awkward questions about the industrialised methods and commercial practices of traditional winemaking. We should, of course, all be able to get along with exciting new wines and lovely old ones, but, like everything else, one is forced against one’s will to take sides.”
Six new sub-appellations have been granted in the Okanagan Valley, reports Decanter.
In Wine-Searcher, Tom Hyland explores the beauty of Barolo’s Cannubi.
In Bloomberg, Elin McCoy looks at the rise of subscription-modeled wine clubs, which show no signs of slowing down.
In TRINK, Gerhild Burkard explores Austrian sekt.
Wine Spectator remembers Count Lucio Tasca d’Almerita, a leader of Sicily’s wine renaissance who helped to bring the island’s wines to the world stage at his family winery Tasca d’Almerita. He was 82.