Chicago’s world-renowned culinary landscape has been altered by innovative chefs who have highlighted regional specificity, sustainability and the craft movement, and the city’s wine professionals are eating it up. It’s a wine scene that requires practitioners to balance classics with the undiscovered, remaining alert to culinary and consumer trends and bringing the passion and creativity to present it all in fresh and intelligent ways. Chicagoans are lucky to have an abundance of such wine professionals. Scott Saunders speaks with five of them.
Vinistra, the body representing winegrowers in Istria, turns 20 this year. An unusually effective wine body, it’s come up against an unexpected problem – a name that two sides want to claim as their own. Caroline Gilby MW reports.
Bricks and mortar retailer Majestic Wine has acquired digital business Naked Wines, in a move that could see both businesses become much stronger. And yet, reports Richard Woodard, the issue of profitability hasn’t gone away.
South Florida’s Gold Coast – the sun-splashed, resort-laced stretch from Miami to the Palm Beaches – has long drawn domestic and foreign visitors as one of the US’s leading leisure destinations. Foreign financial influence is on the rise, and Miami alone is expecting $16bn of this year’s whopping $23bn tourism-related dollars to come from outside the country — influence that can be seen on area wine lists.
Miami wine professionals see it as a natural reflection of their worldwide clientele. Sébastien Verrier, head sommelier at the five-star St Regis Bal Harbour Resort, has seen the shift first-hand over his 15 years in Miami, remarking how wine lists that were once 65% American are now 65% foreign, with European wine representing the bulk of this.
It’s no surprise that weather is another major factor in a wine’s popularity. South Florida’s tropical climate and resort-like atmosphere offers a lot of time in chaise lounges and open-air restaurants. So what exactly is the result of these influences? Scott Saunders asked three professionals to give their account of what’s happening at some of the area’s most renowned resorts.
Argentina’s wine sector has experienced crisis after crisis, being hit by the country’s macro-economic conditions. As inflation is slowly brought under control, the most recent crisis is receding. Daniel López Roca explains.
The wine lists of highly trafficked New York City and Southern California are obvious enviable places to be, but in the US it is actually the residents of New England who have the greatest thirst for wine. Ever-improving access to wine education and an expansion of sales and distribution methods are ensuring this demand is met with creativity and from fresh sources. Four influential New England wine professionals weigh in on what’s new.