Chile seduces China and a winegrower romance
This week’s news roundup covers all the major themes – romance, money, and crime.
As everyone gasped at the space-aged Pétrus auction with an astronomical seven-figure estimate, and while the French wine industry mourned the loss of three influential winegrowers and winegrowers (Laurent Vaillé de la Grange des Pères in Aniane, Pascal Clairet from Domaine de la Tournelle in Arbois, and Laurent Grimaud, producer in Provence), here are some titles from this week that you may have missed …
Chilean wine exports to China increase
Australia’s trade dispute with China looks unlikely to be resolved soon, with Beijing announcing on Friday that it was suspending economic talks with Australia over “the current attitude of the Australian health government”. According to The Australian newspaper, the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission accused Australian government officials of “disrupting[ing] normal trade and cooperation between China and Australia due to the Cold War mindset and ideological discrimination. “”.
As Australia grapples with the ongoing trade dispute, reports suggest countries like Chile and Spain have stepped aside. According to Chilean media outlet La Tercera, exports of local wine giant Concha y Toro to China jumped 128% year-on-year in the first quarter. Spain’s EFE news agency reported on Wednesday that Chile had surpassed Australian exports to China in volume and value, bringing the South American country to second place in exports behind France. Spain had also registered strong gains, according to the report, and “deu to australian collapse [had] has positioned itself as the third largest exporter to China by volume. “
Alcohol-free wine is sweeping Australia
With an annual growth of 800%, non-alcoholic wines are said to be Australia’s fastest growing beverage category. According to the Brisbane Times, the industry is expected to be worth A $ 15 million by the end of the year. “It’s been growing for a few years now, but probably in the last few months there has been an explosion … especially from new start-ups,” Australian pioneers Paul Andrade told the newspaper. alcohol-free wine, Edenvale. “I think a lot of people are surprised by its taste and aroma,” he added.
Napa mom writes a “sultry” romance
Television writer and mother of a Napa winemaker, Linda Sheehan has written a romantic novel covering the love trials and tribulations of an American winemaker. Entitled “Decanté”, the novel crosses France and the United States, mixing wine-making and romance. “I wanted to add a lot of fun knowledge to make it interesting, without making it a study guide. The world of wine can be an intimidating subject for a lot of people,” Sheehan told the Napa Valley Register. Sheehan’s daughter, Samantha, who runs Poe Wines (as well as spinoff brand Ultraviolet, which is featured in the book), served as the inspiration for the adventures of the book’s main character, Samantha Goodyear. “A lot of the vineyard incidents in the book are based on what happened to my daughter when she first learned about winemaking,” said Sheehan, who worked as a producer and writer in film and television. television.
“Fans of women’s fiction will find the flavor of this read more full-bodied than romance, embracing career and growth as much as it embraces the wine industry and the mercurial explorations of Samantha’s life,” said Diane. Donovan of the Midwest Book Review.
Decanté is due to be released this week.
France shows creativity with wine deliveries
After a year of Covid lockdown and despite recent solid progress in deploying their vaccines, the French wine industry continues to fight the effects of the virus. Wine delivery services have experienced strong growth while others have found innovative solutions despite constraints. Winemaker Xavier Moissenet, from Champs des Thémis to Bouzeron on the Côte Chalonnaise, announced Friday a wine delivery service in Le Creusot, an important town nearly 50 km southwest of Beaune. Not only did the organic winemaker Aligoté offer to drop off his wines with his individual customers, but he also settled in Place Schneider, to the north of the city, where the wines could be picked or purchased under social distancing protocols. .
Meanwhile in Nantes, western France, a couple have started their own bicycle wine delivery service. All through their Instagram account (called Bamboche, or “party”), Romain and Léonor coordinate sales and delivery in the city center. By loading their specially adapted cargo bike, the ordered wines are then cycled to selected drop-off points throughout the city – they charge additional fees for appointments further afield. Delivery is not immediate – “we arrange delivery at a time that is convenient for everyone,” Romain told the Ouest-France newspaper. The couple source their selection of idiosyncratic, and mostly natural, wines directly from winemakers in southern France, according to the newspaper. The couple launched their service in February and are currently changing around 60 bottles per week.
Stolen Lafite and Opus One cases
Thieves fled with around € 60,000 ($ 73,000) in wine Friday evening / Saturday morning after breaking into a truck parked in a northern Bordeaux suburb. According to the local newspaper Sud-Ouest, the thief (s) fled with several cases full of prestige wines, including Chateau Lafite-Rothschild and Napa’s Opus One (a favorite of actor Christopher Walken, apparently). The police are investigating.
Côtes de Provence to reintroduce forgotten grapes
The almost forgotten local grape of Provence, Rousseli is set for a kind of renaissance with the National Institution of French Appellations (INAO) which will officially accept the grape as part of the region’s official varieties next month. According to Nicolas Garcia, head of the Côtes-de-Provence winegrowers’ union, the grape, also known as Rosé du Var, is well suited to the region and will help the region combat the effects of climate change.
“These are late varieties, giving lower alcohol levels and can cope with drought conditions,” he told Le Figaro. One hectare of the obscure grape variety has been cultivated for several years at the Château de Berne, from which it produces a wine under the name IGP Méditerranée (under which grapes, such as “Rosé du Var”, are authorized).
Rousseli has a distinct pink skin and is classified as a “rosé” grape (as opposed to the “black” red grape varieties of Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon, to the “white” Chardonnay or Sauvignon or to the “gris” of Pinot Gris). It’s a long list of varieties to count Gouais Blanc as a parent.
“It is a variety with large, pink and juicy berries, it ripens late and has a low sugar concentration,” Alexis Cornu, Château de Berne winemaker, told the newspaper. “It is an old variety from the Var that cannot be found anywhere else and which is well suited to the climate and to rosé. [wines] we do today. In the 70s, it was abandoned because we were looking for more weight in the wines. “
The grape fell from the list of varieties authorized in Côtes-de-Provence in 1977.