Now a new study led by UC Davis researchers offers evidence that grapes and the wines they produce are also the product of an unseen but fairly predictable microbial terroir, itself shaped by the climate and geography of the region, vineyard and even individual vine.
But a supervisor with not one winery in his district wants a moratorium on all new winery marketing events. A moratorium does a lot of harm in terms of lost investment for those wineries in the development process or those thinking about starting a new winery.
Here are the tweets that caught BeverageDaily.com's eye at Wine Vision 2013, which saw Tesco UK group wine director Dan Jago challenge the industry to communicate quality cues to UK consumers properly to achieve higher prices, and widespread pessimism over prospects in India.
The concern is that the move could give the feds authority over virtually any stream or ditch, and hand environmentalists another way to sue property owners. In other words, critics say, the government might soon be able to declare jurisdiction over a seasonal stream in your backyard.
Former Treasury Wine Estates boss David Dearie warns that Australian retailers Coles and Woolworths are turning the screw on the nation's wine producers and insists the latter must consolidate to survive.