Weekly Wine Grab Bag: August 22, 2019

I typically like to keep things light around here, but when it comes to climate change, I can't muster a joke. (Seriously, I tried to make a "hot" topic pun work but couldn't.) All summer we've seen countless photos of sunburnt and heat damaged grapes on social media, and we are all reasonably anxious. I predict we will continue to see press coverage on this issue as the northern hemisphere begins the 2019 harvest. (Which has already started in California and a few other places!)

This Week: Parkerization, French Whites, and Climate Change in Napa

Wine of the Week: A White Burg for All Seasons

Domaine des Vieilles Pierres (Jean-Jacques Litaud) Saint-Véran "Les Pommards" 2017 is a single-vineyard, unoaked Chardonnay from the Saint-Véran appellation within the Mâconnais subregion of Burgundy. It is distinctly chalky and fruity with pronounced notes of lemon zest, yellow apple, seashell, fleur du sel, and white blossoms. Given its fresh acidity and curvy texture, it would pair well with a wide range of food, including white fish with lemon and capers, roast chicken, and stuffed butternut squash.

Purchased for $22 from Astor Wines.

Quod Vinum

Chardonnay is the fifth most planted wine grape in the world, following Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Airén, and Tempranillo. It is originally from Burgundy but is also wildly popular in California where there are ~93,000 acres planted.

(Sources: Wine Folly and The Washington Post.)

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