BPA Controversy Heats Up; Gridiron Meets Vineyard; How to Have a Career in Wine & Other News

Also, Austrian wine labels get a facelift, a spirited debate over craft distilling and more news from the world of wine.

There has been a lot in the news lately about possible negative health effects caused by BPA, a chemical compound found in some plastic food packaging, and may be present in some wines sealed with a screw cap or that come in a can. Should you be concerned or is the controversy all a bunch of hype? Wines & Vines speaks with closure manufactures and Ben Parsons, the chief executive officer of Infinite Monkey Theorem, who sell their wines in cans.

So, You Want a Career in Wine…

Stevie Kim, managing director of VinItaly, gave the keynote address at the commencement ceremony for students in the MBA Food and Wine program at the at the International University of Bologna Business School. Her talk was entitled “6 Things I Wished Someone Had Told Me After Graduation.”

One of them? “It’s O.K. to not be an expert,” Kim says. “Don’t run away from your weaknesses and unpleasant situations, turn them into opportunities to reinvent yourself.”

Read the five others.

From the Gridiron to the Vineyard

Drew Bledsoe, owner of Doubleback and tall guy, with wife Maura.
“Nice tall guy” Drew Bledsoe with wife Maura. Photo courtesy Doubleback.

Ex-NFL quarterbacks may be used to getting recognized for the touchdowns they’ve thrown, but now many are gaining new renown for their wines. Sports Illustrated details how consumers are focusing on what’s in the bottle, not necessarily the person pouring it. As one customer said after a tasting at Drew Bledsoe’s Doubleback winery in Walla Walla, Washington, “He was in the NFL? I thought he was just some nice tall guy.”

Interested in sports-stars-turned-wine aficionados? Check out our Wine & Sports Issue, with interviews with (a pre-Chicago Bulls) Dwyane Wade, Roger Federer, Olympic Swimming Medalist Natalie Coughlin and more.

Meanwhile, In The Trade

Austrian Wine Label Changes

Changes to how regions, vineyards and sparkling wines are designated on the country’s labels are detailed by Julia Harding MW on JancisRobinson.com.

And Speaking of Label Changes…

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) will be soliciting changes to rules on how spirits are labeled. Eater speaks with American Craft Spirits Association (ASCA) President Paul Hletko and ASCA board of directors member Matt Hoffman, founder and distiller of FEW Spirits and co-founder and master distiller of Westland Distillery, respectively. Both opine on a variety of labeling issues that need to be addressed, like the words “craft,” “small-batch,” handmade” and “handcrafted” on label, along with seven other major issues.

On the Scene and in the Press

Spirits Editor Kara Newman Goes Nuts for Vermouth

Italian Editor Kerin O’Keefe Revisits Grillo. (Look for more on this Sicilian white wine grape in the October issue of Wine Enthusiast.)

Senior Digital Editor Jameson Fink checked out a Grüner Veltliner in a 1.5L box.

Executive Editor Susan Kostrzewa cooled off at Pinknic—the largest group picnic and music festival celebrating rosé—on Governer’s Island in New York City.

Pinknic on Governor’s Island

A photo posted by Susan Kostrzewa (@suskostrzewa) on

Published on July 11, 2016
Topics: Wine News + Trends



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