Bordeaux harvest looking good
Bordeaux set for best vintage since 2010 according to The Drinks Business. A long and even growing season was capped off by a very small amount of rain in September, which wasn’t enough to have any negative impact. Speaking of great vintages, if you ever wonder what makes a great vintage, Decanter has the answer.
The true history of Amarone
People all over the world love Amarone, and as more producers try to emulate the style by letting grapes dry, it’s important to recognize the distinct traits that make Amarone what it is. According to Palate Press the ultimate truth behind the secret of Amarone is the grape varieties used – specifically corvina, corvinone and rondinella.
“Air Sommeliers” are a thing
As legroom continues to dwindle on planes, travelers are becoming acutely aware of the subtle differences in service offered by airlines. Companies like JetBlue and Virgin have become known for their approach and now companies like Delta and American Airlines are working with wine consultants to make sure their premium passengers stay happily buzzed. Delta offers a “Sky Sommelier” program and Singapore Airlines has an “Air Sommelier” program. (via Wine Spectator)
China’s counterfeit wine industry exposed
It’s no secret that China is the leading producer of everything fake, and that includes high end wines. A leaked report from the French Foreign Trade Advisory Board outlines just how pervasive the problem is becoming, and it’s believed that for every bottle of real French wine there’s at least one bottle of fake wine. The effects are far-reaching, as reported by Wine Spectator.