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Inside Wine (Aug 22nd, 2019)

1. Sherry D.O. and Manzanilla D.O. in southern Spain are about to allow non-fortified wines into their laws. Fortification started as a way to stabilize wines destined for long journeys and today, the majority of sherrymakers add a grape spirit to the base wine. However, an older technique used late-harvest grapes as a way to achieve the required sugar levels needed for production. Bodegas Luis Pérez, one of the only modern producers who doesn't fortify, and a driving force behind the legislation change, thinks this method creates more artisanal, expressive sherries. — SEVENFIFTY DAILY

2. Bollinger is looking to revive some of Champagne’s heritage grapes in its vineyards. Although Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier are the primary grapes used in Champagne today, there are actually seven permitted varieties. Two in particular — Arbane and Petit Meslier — are of particular interest to deputy cellar master Denis Bunner, for their high-acid and lower-ripening profiles, as he thinks they will thrive in today's changing climate. — THE DRINKS BUSINESS

3. A recent blind tasting conducted by WICresearch suggests that the preference between bottle and canned wine is minimal. Identical wines from the same winery that were both canned and bottled were poured into cups and presented to subjects for tasting. Some 48.5 percent of subjects liked the classic bottle, 45.3 percent opted for the canned version and 5.8 percent were just happy to be drinking wine. — BEVERAGE DAILY

4. The band Tool is dropping a new album after a 13-year delay. The cause? Singer Maynard James Keenan had to attend to his winery. As the owner of Caduceus Cellars in Arizona, Keenan had to manage his time between the two endeavors. During harvest, he’d work all day in the vineyards, go to the studio for an hour or two to record then return to the cellars while his bandmates finessed the tracks. — SPIN

5. Hubert de Boüard, owner of Château Angélus, and Philippe Castéja, owner of Château Trotte Vieille, will stand trial next year for allegedly swaying the St Emilion 2012 classification. Many estates are blaming the two for being passed over for Grand Cru status, or being demoted, while at the same time promoting their own self-interests. Both deny the charges. — THE DRINKS BUSINESS

6. Australia-based Treasury Wine Estates’ CEO Michael Clarke just sold a large number of his shares of the company’s stock for $3.6 million. He offloaded the shares for “tax reasons.”  Although he conducted two similar transactions earlier in the year, he still owns a “substantial number of shares.” TWE’s revenue is up from the past year and the company plans to invest in a new $180 million facility in the Barossa. — BRISBANE TIMES

7. Cinsault, most commonly used as a blending grape, is being given a starring role in wines from around the world. In South Africa, Cinsault is commonly known as one of the parents of Pinotage, but a renewed interest in Old Vines Cinsault has winemakers putting this grape into solo bottles. California prides itself on having the oldest-known Cinsault vineyards in the world, found at Bechtoldt Vineyards in Lodi. Elsewhere in places like Australia and Lebanon, innovative winemakers like Brash Higgins and Domaine des Tourelles are giving this grape its due. — WINE ENTHUSIAST

Inside Wine is written and curated by Shana Clarke. Shana is a freelance journalist and regularly contributes to a variety of consumer and trade publications, including Wine Enthusiast, Playboy, HuffPost, USA Today’s Eat Sip Trip, and SevenFifty Daily, among others. Follow her on Instagram at @ShanaSpeaksWine and see more of her work on

Editor: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside).

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