Inside Wine - August 23rd, 2019

Inside Wine (Aug 23rd, 2019)

Cabernet Trials / AXA's Douro Purchase / Israeli Wines / #FollowFriday

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1. UC Cooperative Extension, Beckstoffer Vineyards, and Duarte Nursery will conduct one of the biggest research studies into California Cabernet Sauvignon in order to preserve the grape for the future. The study, called “Climate-Smart Solutions for Cabernet Sauvignon Production,” will work with 3,600 vines, planted with 10 clones and 10 rootstocks, in order to learn which will adapt and thrive in the changing climate. The first harvest is expected in 2021, but true results won’t be viable for at least another six years. — MORNING AG CLIPS

2. AXA Millésimes, which owns Quinta do Noval in the Douro Valley in Portugal, purchased neighboring Douro property Quinta do Passadouro. It plans to retain the current winemaking team at Passadouro, but consulting winemaker Jorge Borges will leave. Headed up by CEO Christian Seely, AXA Millésimes, the wine division of the financial company AXA, owns Outpost Wines in Napa and several properties in Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Turkey. This acquisition will make it a growing player in the developing scene of higher-end Portuguese wines. — THE DRINKS BUSINESS

3. The desert-like region of Negev in Israel may be one of the best places to learn how to grow grapes in hot climates. From canopy management to preserving water in the soils, winemakers are adept at dealing with brutually hot conditions. Fun fact: drip irrigation was developed in Israel decades ago, and winemakers in the country are also working on new technology to optimize agricultural opportunities. — PENTA

4. #FollowFriday: Cathy Corison

Although she’s short in stature, it was hard to miss Cathy Corison in the midst of volunteers at this week’s TEXSOM conference. Perhaps it was the fact that she had a few years on the young generation of sommeliers that were serving on the volunteer committee, but it was more likely because of her quiet, yet commanding presence.

As one of Napa’s great winemakers, it was incredibly inspiring to see her doing the dirty work of polishing glasses, pouring wines, and taking orders from committee leaders. This is a woman who was recently nominated for a James Beard award, and whose bottles command three-figure price tags. She seems to be a person who finds value in all experiences and is looking to stretch herself, both personally and professionally. Not only did she embrace the grunt work, but she was eager to taste and learn about wines and regions when the opportunity presented itself.

In today’s world of big egos and personal branding, I found her humility inspiring. Give her a follow on Instagram and Twitter at @CathyCorison

5. I’m so enamored with Wine Enthusiast’s new 40 Under 40 Tastemakers list, which dropped yesterday. They made a very concerted effort to show a diverse group of winners that crossed race and gender barriers. Not just focused on wine, beer, sake, and cocktails were also given due. The winners hit multiple sectors of the industry, from producers to marketers to educators to activists.  — WINE ENTHUSIAST

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6. Let’s be honest; no one is getting any work done from now until Labor Day (OOO messages are blowing through my inbox like tumbleweeds), so it's the perfect time for a wine getaway. While more well-known spots might be booked up at this time of year, there are plenty of emerging wine regions just ripe for visitors. Texas Hill Country is the epicenter of Texas wine production, or check out Winston-Salem, North Carolina’s burgeoning wine scene. Colorado, New Mexico, and Tennesee, among others, also have accessible wine areas, perfect for a day trip. — MARKETWATCH

7. Parents in the UK are trying to reconcile the “Continental” attitude of allowing teenagers to drink with concerns about health risks. Countries like Spain, France, and Italy are comfortable with teens enjoying wine with meals, and the perception is that it lets kids develop a healthier relationship with alcohol. But health professionals say it can hurt physical and mental development in students. Teenage drinking in the UK also brings up something of a class war, as middle-class teens are more likely to imbibe than their poorer classmates, whether due to vacation opportunities, better access to booze, or that they can afford to buy alcohol when out with friends. — TELEGRAPH

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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