Bloomberg.com, in an interesting news item, reports that “France will return to being the world’s leading wine producer this year after losing its customary number-one spot to Italy, an Italian study said.”
The article continues, “France will produce 48.1 million hectoliters of wine in 2009 compared with 46.5 million by Italy and 39.9 million by Spain, according to a study published [earlier this week] by the Milan-based Italian Wines Union and state-run agricultural institute ISMEA.” Click here for the full article.
And in the new issue of the Quarterly Review of Wines, Serena Sutcliffe reports on the ever-improving state of the wines of Greece. She writes that “The innovations and improvements have been startling and these growers and oenologists have been fired with enthusiasm for modernization while respecting Greece’s formidable wine history.” And, indeed, if you can get past the difficulty in pronouncing some of the more challenging grape names (Moschofilero, Xinomavro), you’ll be rewarded with some truly remarkable wines. The full text of the article is available here.