One measure of how the wine market is going can be gauged at the front door of Wine Spectator’s Napa office. That’s where new release wines arrive for possible review.
Lately that traffic volume has been heavy.
Partly, it’s because this week is the deadline for Chardonnay submissions, which is still one of our biggest yearly reports. We’ll review more than 500 wines in this year’s tasting report, slated for the July issue.
Partly, it’s a continuing flood of new brands. Even in a recession, hopeful vintners are entering the market with new labels. In the past year, we have counted nearly 300 new brands, and we figure that the typical brand produces three different wines. Many of them are eager to measure themselves against their peers.
But another source of the increased volume of wines sends a strong message about the wine market. We’re suddenly being approached by wineries that have never submitted wines for review, and also from wineries that haven’t submitted wines in years.
Maybe in the past, when sales were stronger, these wineries felt they didn’t need Wine Spectator. Maybe now they hope they’ll earn a good score, and that will help them in an increasingly difficult market.
Whatever their reasons, we’ll taste as many of their wines as possible blind, as we always do, and if they are worth recommending, we’ll let you know. As far as we’re concerned, our priority is to give wine drinkers honest and expert advice. We’re glad when wineries see it the same way.
Sandy Fitzgerald — Centennial, CO — March 4, 2009 6:15pm ET
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James Laube — Napa, CA — March 4, 2009 6:30pm ET
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Dana Nigro — New York, NY — March 4, 2009 7:18pm ET
Troy Peterson — Burbank, CA — March 4, 2009 9:25pm ET
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