Illahe in the News! Everyone needs a little good news right now
Vinepair Article – July 2020
Brad Ford, the winemaker at Oregon’s Illahe Vineyards, is always tinkering with something interesting — a wine press rescued from a junkyard, a horse-drawn mower he engineered himself, amphorae he created from scratch. The need to make or restore his own tools has been driven out of financial necessity at times, as is the case for many small wineries. But it also fulfills his desire to explore every aspect of the art, science, and mystery of his profession.
In the lull provided by the Covid-19 outbreak, Ford has embarked on his biggest project yet: building a beam-style wine press similar to the one the Roman scholar Cato wrote about in “De Agri Cultura.” When finished, he expects the 1-ton, 60-foot press will be the longest in the United States.
Published: July 19, 2020
Words: SOPHIA BENNETT
Photography: SOPHIA MCDONALD BENNETT
News from Spain!
Guía Peñín Article – July 2020
The wine that we were able to evaluate last week in our most illustrious exercise, the Collection of the best wines of the year from the Peñín Guide, still drips in our glasses. It was an incredible three days, intense, full of emotion, of comparative tastings, of internal debates and moments of silence. For those who do not know it yet, the second time involves tasting and comparing all those wines that have reached 94 points, except for generous and sweet wines, and one that obtained 93 points in its production area and we think it could improve.
It is an exercise that allows us to calibrate the valuation of each wine with greater precision, comparing it with others with a similar score, which allows us to increase or decrease its score to once again compare it with wines of higher or lower level, until that reference is it is on its own merits in the rating that works best, not being able to fight in fairness with wines of a higher score.
Published: July 22, 2020
Words: Guía Peñin Editorial
Many merchants and consumers would be devastated by an increase in tariffs
James Suckling Reports – July 2020
U.S. wine industry must speak out (again) against proposed tariffs
I want to reach out today to all our readers and friends around the world of wine.
Most important, this is a chance to say I hope you’re well, and managing the multiple and extraordinary challenges that confront us all in our personal and professional lives. There is surely not one of us who hasn’t been affected by the pandemic and associated disruption. But I remain positive and hopeful that our community’s amazing and time-tested resilience and passion will see us through to better times.
At the same time, I want to make a very personal appeal to all of you in the U.S. who are part of this community.
As you know, last year the U.S. administration levied 25 percent tariffs on most wine from France, Germany, Spain and the UK, among others, in retaliation authorized by the World Trade Organization (WTO) for European subsidies for Airbus. Early this year, in part because of a wave of public comment and engagement by you, the American wine world, the U.S. decided to defer until August this year a decision on a proposal to levy up to 100 percent tariffs on nearly all European wines.
The existing 25 percent tariffs have hurt countless American businesses. The proposed 100 percent tariffs would essentially kill the transatlantic wine trade as well as many small and medium-sized American businesses and jobs. We’re talking thousands of businesses, and tens of thousands of jobs.
Published: July 15, 2020
Words: JAMES SUCKLING
Annual trip to Mendoza, Argentina
James Suckling Argentina Report 2020
This year is the best ever for wines from Argentina. We took our annual trip to Buenos Aires and Mendoza in February and found no fewer than five 100-point wines as well as hundreds of other outstanding quality wines that come with a friendly price tag.
Desquiciado Salvaje Malbec 2017 – 93 pts
Desquiciado Malbec 2019 – 90 pts
A16 Punto Ar Nuit Edicion Limitada 2018 – 91 pts
Bocanada Malbec 2018 – 91 pts
Barbarians Group Gualta Malbec 2019 – 90 pts
Published: April 2, 2020
Words: JAMES SUCKLING
Lagunilla Reserva Rioja 2014 – YEAR’S BEST RIOJA WINES by Wine & Spirits 2019
91 points (Best Buy)
Issue Date: November 2019
Broad in its black fruit and saturated with oak, this is a ripe, smoky Rioja with prominent fruit-skin tannins that lend it a gamey edge. It benefits from air, bringing tangy orange acidity to add some structural tension. For a grilled sirloin.