LVMH on the lookout for rosé
This week’s roundup includes a horror story and Mr. Schumer travels to wine country.
Biggest wine news this week (aside from the continued coverage of Bordeaux En Primeur – read Margaret Rand’s review of the 2020 Bordeaux vintage, the release of Louis Roederer’s 2013 Cristal champagne, or maybe the discovery of charred remains of wild and domestic vines dating back to the Iron Age in Ardèche) is very probably the “adult Capri Sun” innovation, which has managed to impose itself in the national (and some international) media.
The concoction, courtesy of Facebook group The Aldi Nerd, involves tipping a bottle of Aldi’s Pacific Fruit wine (officially a “grape wine with natural flavors” of about seven to nine percent alcohol by volume) into a 32 ounces (900 grams) bag of frozen mixed fruit, also from the store. Recipes vary (mainly when it comes to the ideal combination of wine flavor and fruit bag), but the accepted aging period is 12-24 hours in the refrigerator and enjoyed with a straw. “It sounds like a sugar overdose waiting but I bet it would be delicious,” said one group member.
However, here are the stories you might have missed:
Piedmont gets another DOCG
Formerly a subzone, or “sottozona”, of the sparkling Asti DOCG based in Moscato Bianco, Canelli will immediately become its own DOCG, or “Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita” – the highest level of appellation in Italy. The news broke on Friday, along with the ruling reportedly made by the National Wine Committee (or “Comitato Nazionale Vini”). It is understood that producers in the Canelli region, which now officially includes 18 parishes around Canelli, a town 25 km south of Asti and 70 km southeast of Turin, have been pushing for change for many years. years. Producers in the subzone came together in 2001 to lobby for recognition from the Asti Producers’ Organization, giving the breakaway region the green light to form its own DOCG in 2019.
Although reports indicate that not much will change in terms of wine style – with the new region likely to maintain the production of sweet, white and aromatic bubbles – the new Canelli DOCG will likely soon sport a title of ‘Riserva’, a qualification specifically prohibited under the Asti production guidelines. The region currently supports 40 producers producing more than half a million bottles of wine per year. The change will not be immediate, however, and the new title will be rolled out with the 2022 vintage.
Luxury groups always looking for rosé from Provence
As news surfaced earlier this week that George and Amal Clooney’s acquisition of the Provencal mansion and vineyard Chateau Canadel hit a bump following gaseous allegations, a Provence insider told reporters that the pink power group would only get bigger.
Jean-Louis Croquet, former statistician, 78-year-old millionaire and owner of the Château Thuerry wine estate in the Var, told AFP news agency: “I have received dozens of offers since the start of the year , including LVMH – which hunts like crazy. “
Croquet, whose neighbors include pro-Brexit entrepreneur James Dyson, bought the estate in 1997. The purchase and subsequent renovations amounted to 15 million euros ($ 18 million). LVMH already owns the Provence Cru Classé Château du Galoupet (acquired in 2019), while its colleague luxury goods peddler Chanel announced that it had acquired a second property (Domaine Perzinsky) on the Mediterranean island of Porquerolles at the start of the year.
If the purchase of the Clooneys were to go ahead, they would join other Hollywood A-listers (and friends), living just down the road from George Lucas, Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie.
Fourth-generation winemaker Luc Nivière of Domaine Les Trois Terres has said the recent pink wave is a double-edged sword.
“It gets people talking about the area and it raises the quality,” he said. “But if tomorrow I want to buy a hectare of vineyard, it’s a problem because these guys have no limit [to what they will pay]. “
Chuck Schumer visits Finger Lakes
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer visited the Finger Lakes wine country late last week and lobbied the Agriculture Department to resume data collection on crops and production in the state. Schumer, who stood behind a podium in Burgundy barrels at the Hermann J Wiemer winery, said the Department’s decision to stop collecting this data more than two years ago had “put the grape and wine industries out of New York at a disadvantage “.
This was compounded by a lack of vineyard area data which Schumer said had not been collected since 2011, when two AVAs were created, the number of vineyards increased by more than 50 to cent and production had declined.
“[The local wine industry] should not “fly blind” in the face of competition from other states and existential factors like climate change and invasive species killing the vineyard, ”he said.
Catalan cooperatives call for crisis distillation
In a repeat of similar demands across Europe around the same time last year, the Catalan Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives (FCAC) called on the Catalan regional government to release 70 million euros ($ 85 million) for the distillation of the crisis, as the effects of the Covid pandemic show no signs. to ease the pressure on production. The funds would cover the distillation of two million hectoliters (200 million liters) of wine, mainly intended for the production of Cava.
“With this decision, as well as the expected drop in production in neighboring countries, it is likely that the market will be able to return to pre-pandemic production levels,” said Joan Josep Raventós, head of the ACFC, at agrodigital.com.
This time last year, the French government announced a 140 million euros ($ 170 million) distillation program for a similar volume.
Red wine stars in horror computer game
You are Martí Vermelló. A terrible pandemic is ravaging the Mediterranean archipelago on which you live. Dubbed “devil’s fevers,” the infection causes high fever, hallucinations and death – and your loved ones show signs of infection. In a desperate attempt to cure them, you embark on a quest to find an intact bottle of Bandybosc red wine that is rumored to cure those infected. Unable to get hold of a bottle through the usual channels (the Wine-Searcher app has clearly not been deployed to the islands), you embark on a quest to find a bottle at the source, while trying to escape the attentions of a homicide. stalker, maybe the cellar door manager [the gags write themselves].
The first in a trilogy of first-person computer games, Horror Tales: The Wine, is slated for release on multiple gaming platforms at the end of July.
Hawke’s Bay winery goes into receivership
After months of uncertainty, the Hawke’s Bay winery (and its Marlborough operation) Sacred Hill went into receivership this week. The besieged company had drastically reduced the winery’s staff in recent years and its national distribution company, Quench Collective, went into liquidation last month. A report is expected in the next six months.
The move comes at a difficult time for the New Zealand wine region. Rumors have surrounded Villa Maria, whose new large-scale winery on Gimblett gravel began production in 2018 (at the same time as longtime CEO and founder Sir George Fistonich stepped down), for several decades. months, and reports of a sale. finally surfaced earlier this year. According to a column published in the Australian Financial Review in March, New Zealand agribusiness company Scales had outbid rivals, including Constellation Brands, Pernod Ricard and Accolade Wines, to take control of icon NZ, which also owns production facilities in Marlborough and Auckland.
The Crossroads winery was sold by Marlborough giant Yealands in 2017.