• Global Wine Glut: The Return of Crisis Distillation
    by Mike Veseth on 26 Settembre 2023 at 08:01

    Crisis distillation is back in the news. For those unfamiliar with this wine business term, crisis distillation refers to government programs that buy surplus wine and distill it into industrial alcohol. The point isn’t to increase industrial alcohol supplies but to support prices and incomes in the wine sector by taking excess supply off the

  • Economic Change and the Global Wine Glut
    by Mike Veseth on 19 Settembre 2023 at 08:01

    Last week’s Wine Economist probed two influential theories of the emerging global wine surplus that are based in different ways on demographic trends. I call them the “Generation Gap” hypothesis and the “Life Cycle” hypothesis. This week I present a tentative sketch of an economic theory that might also help explain global wine consumption rises

  • Lunelli (Ferrari)– risultati e analisi di bilancio 2022
    by bacca on 26 Settembre 2023 at 19:00

    Lunelli ha passato la soglia di 150 milioni di fatturato nel 2022, mettendo a segno una crescita del 14%. Ciò è avvenuto sia grazie costante crescita degli spumanti Ferrari (+7%, soprattutto all’estero) ma, buona notizia, anche grazie al rinnovato vigore di Bisol dopo anni di lavoro (+26%) e agli ottimi risultati nel segmento delle bevande L'articolo Lunelli (Ferrari)– risultati e analisi di bilancio 2022 proviene da I numeri del vino.

  • I numeri della viticoltura biologica in Italia – aggiornamento 2022
    by bacca on 24 Settembre 2023 at 19:00

      Le superfici bio certificate in Italia sono rimaste stabili nel 2022 a circa 104mila ettari, mentre sono scresciute significativamente quelle in conversione, da 25mila a 32 mila ettari. Questi sono i principali dati forniti bel rapporto “Sana” pubblicato da Sinab, e che trovate anche in prospettiva storica e scaricabile nella sezione Solonumeri del blog. L'articolo I numeri della viticoltura biologica in Italia – aggiornamento 2022 proviene da I numeri del vino.

  • Countdown to Zero
    by noreply@blogger.com (Alfonso Cevola) on 24 Settembre 2023 at 21:46

    There’s this sci-fi novel about the end of the world. In it, the people of earth are trying to figure out how to get all the people on earth off. And with that there are those in denial who think it’s just some kind of fake news. Suffice to say, some get off and some don’t. Those who do are shepherded to another planet, similar to earth, far, far away in another corner of the galaxy. And those who don’t, well we the readers never find out. That’s kind of how I see Texas now. It’s almost October here, and the temperature today is 99⁰F. And coming off two of the hottest summers I’ve experienced here in nearly 45 years. In other words, I feel like one hell of a slow-braised rump roast. And that’s just the geological climate. There’s also the magisterial environment. Is Texas in a battle with Florida to see how quickly they can shred the constitution and instead of govern, just flat-out rule, those who didn’t get on the spaceship? Coming here was an experiment of sorts. Looking for a smaller place to raise a young boy, a more friendly home town place. And in that regard, it worked. But that was 40 years ago. Friendly Texas? Well, I’ll let each and everyone of you all decide for yourself. Gun friendly for sure. Petrol friendly, no doubt. Women’s reproductive rights, nah, not really. Anyway, you get the gist. For me, Texas has become like California, but with a different civic direction. The California of my youth no longer exists. The population has quadrupled to 40 million since I was living there. And Texas has also swollen, more than doubling since I moved here to nearly 30 million. Dallas was a town when I moved here. It’s now a sprawling multiplex city. No need to say, for those who know me, but the political climate here is fire hot red. Even the Dallas mayor recently went over to the other, redder, side. If you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em? Or, catch the nearest space shuttle outa here?  To be continued….   © written and photographed by Alfonso Cevola limited rights reserved On the Wine Trail in Italy wine blog +  Italian wine blog + Italy W

  • Celebrating Two Giants from California
    by noreply@blogger.com (Alfonso Cevola) on 17 Settembre 2023 at 14:44

    Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 1968 Charles Krug and 1983 Far Niente This past week, in Texas, we've experienced with mixed results. For one, the weather has finally cooled down to mid-80’s, from a summer which saw an endless assault of 100+ degree days. Literally made me sick. The other, not so welcome, was the expected outcome of the impeachment proceeds of our Attorney General. Acquitted on all counts, but it came as no surprise. Why would overwhelming evidence of corruption and unethical behavior (I watched the proceedings) necessitate an impeachment, when the political landscape here is so broken beyond repair, in my estimation. I’ve been here 45 years now - a stranger in a strange land. That said, to end the week, a dear couple celebrated their 30th anniversary and we were invited. A generous wine couple I should say, with a rich and deep cellar. So, why not celebrate being alive and well, with maybe a cool evening, regardless of the celebrations that were probably going on (and most likely at taxpayer expense) in Austin. Two wines caught my attention. I should say there were an embarrassment of riches at this event, from well made and home winemaker vintages going back 20 years (the Idaho Syrah was noteworthy and delicious) to the magnums of Champagne, the 22-year-old Zinfandel from Turley (stunning and classic!) to some age worthy and serviceable whites and reds. But these two wines are the subject of this essay – the 1968 Charles Krug Cabernet Sauvignon and the 1983 Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon, both from Napa Valley. Imagine if you can 1968 in Napa Valley. From my perspective it was pretty much ideal. Quiet, peaceful, well-made wines, not yet discovered by the 1%er elites who have pretty much taken over the place these days. And a handful of winemakers plodding along making wine for the ages, The Charles Krug was one of those. You can find pictures of this wine and other vintages all over social media, trophy shots for “likes.” But I thought, how about cozying up to this wine over a couple of hours and seeing what kind of life it had and what it meant to me. The cork came out well enough, and the color was what one might expect of a 55-year-old wine, brick with tinges of red. In the aromas, the smell of age was present but not overwhelming. Sure, there was that leathery aspect, you know the smell of a saddle after it had been ridden for a couple of hours. Pleasant, not at all off-putting. Here was a wine reported to have been 12% alcohol, think about that. These days, a “light” wine. Those days, enough, just enough. So how did it fare, what kind of life did it live? Fortunately, it was well cared for. It aged well. And once the cork was taken out, it sauntered along for a couple of hours. I know, because I followed it and noted its progress. It’s like going to a real good funeral in New Orleans, where the deceased person had a great life and an even greater funeral. The band was playing for this wine. It was historic, it was going out in style. It didn’t really die; we consumed it and transformed it into our life vessels from the get-go. It was delicious. Nice to know now part of the 1968 Charles Krug Cabernet is now part of me. And how very Gen-Z of me to think say, if I say so myself. And I do! LOL!! The 1983 Far Niente was the next wine. 1983 was a challenging year. I remember, because the company I worked for represented Dunn and Forman, and they had pretty good results. Something about the mountain vineyards that year, which seemed to fare better than the valley floor, what with the rains they had. Far Niente grew their Cabernet in their Oakville vineyard. So, 30 years later, Quo Vadis? Again, I spent a couple hours with this wine, not just a quick taste and an Insta-shot. Hours, not seconds. Color was brilliant, deep rich red, very little signs of bricking. It was holding up as well as our friend’s 30-year marriage. Which is to say, very well. Aromas, were again, this leather aspect. This time, more like a baseball mitt, Which I meant to say a little more “in your face.” And it was pleasant, for sure. There was this cherry note and, in the back, this little walnuti-ness, maybe from the tannins? In check, but there. Just to remind you this is wine, not kombucha. It was lovely, delicious, went well with our food, which was lasagna and grilled chicken. So, the wine had to dance with tomatoes, and it did so very well. Very enjoyable experience. Something about the wine kept calling me back. Like, “Wait, there’s more, I’m not done yet.” Yeah, wine talks to me. Or I should say, at least I’m not invisible to wine. Again, LOL! (OK, Zoomers?) Yeah, plum, red fruits, the faintest hint of ink, the faintest. It was all in balance. 30 years of resting in the cool dark space of a cellar seemed to augur well for this wine. And it finished out in a celebratory way, with folks around a table chatting and enjoying each other’s company. If only the rest of us would be as fortunate as that bottle of wine, to end on a note like that. Look, both of these wines are historic. They came from a time and a place that doesn’t quite exist in the same way, in 2023. But what did then, now? Everything is moving so fast, like we’re on these skis heading towards the bottom of the mountain, rapidamente. In any event, these were, and are, giants, from California, as are our hosts are. It’s always nice to sit outside in the Texas twilight, instead of this Texas Twilight Zone we find ourselves in, most of the time, these days. I will miss the Texas twilight, when I am no longer here. I wish Texas the best going forward. This place will survive these despicable politicians. I’m not sure we will, though. So, my advice? Drink up! Gilles de Chambure and Peter Mondavi at Press in St. Helena.     © written and photographed by Alfonso Cevola limited rights reserved On the Wine Trail in Italy wine blog +  Italian wine blog + Italy W

  • 12 challenging trends in US wine market
    by Elisabetta Tosi on 25 Settembre 2023 at 08:25

    How are wine things going in the U.S. market? When selling it to the consumer, the picture is one of many lights and shadows. To know more details, though, it will be better to attend the upcoming Wine2Wine International Business Forum, scheduled on the 13th-14th of November in Verona.

  • Le luci e le ombre della vendemmia 2023
    by Elisabetta Tosi on 6 Settembre 2023 at 14:23

    Per alcuni è già iniziata, per altri è questione di giorni ma ormai ci siamo: signori, andiamo, è tempo di vendemmiare. Annata molto discussa, questa 2023, sotto tutti i profili, ma cosa dice la scienza agronomica?

  • Poil de Lievre 2017 – Domaine Bobinet
    by Francesco Petroli on 21 Aprile 2020 at 10:15

    Poil de Lievre 2017 - Domaine Bobinet, un vino quotidiano, in equilibrio tra luminosità calde e luci fredde, generoso nei sapori e ritmato dalla tensione acido/sapida. The post Poil de Lievre 2017 – Domaine Bobinet appeared first on Into the Wine.

  • My Lovely Quarantine #2
    by Claudio Celio on 17 Aprile 2020 at 07:34

    Domaine Belluard - Domaine Des Cavarodes - Francois Ganevat - Lassaigne - Praesidium - Skerlj - Vodopivec The post My Lovely Quarantine #2 appeared first on Into the Wine.

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  • What an ex-lover and commercial wine had in common
    by Alice Feiring on 15 Gennaio 2022 at 17:54

      I recently pulled out my old book and started to read at random and thought I’d share some of it. Many of you reading might not know that my first book was published in 2008 before we really ever talked about natural wine, when the wine world was still new and not talked about but very much feared. Here’s my unedited reading of the beginning of Chapter 2.  It goes on to visit U.C. Davis where I wasn’t exactly welcomed, got into a few nasty tussles about native yeast and irrigation. So, this incident was in 2006, Big Joe was the late and certainly great, Joe Dressner. And thus, and thus.. it goes.     what i learned at UC Davis   and below, continues to the point that I am about to meet Roger Boulton.

  • On Pét-Nat, Soup Dumplings, and Chemo (At Least I Can’t Taste the Mouse)
    by On Design on 16 Novembre 2021 at 14:46