This week, an overview of, among other things, a new all-you-can-eat wine by the glass center and a new way to recycle glass.
| The largest collection of wines by the glass will soon be offered by the Enomatic machines at the CIGV.
This week’s news roundup spans the globe, from an international food hub in Dijon set to offer the world’s largest wine-by-the-glass list to a wine bottle recycling initiative that seeks to spread its wings (and sand) across Washington State.
Innovative bird-scaring technology in New Zealand clashes with curtain twitchers in semi-rural Otago as superstar Soave producer Pieropan finally unveils his new winery.
Finally, for any wine club that isn’t in a wine region and is looking to take it to the next level, we bring you a tale from the west coast of France, where a clan of enophiles have come together to plant his own vineyard
The gastronomic center of Dijon will house the largest selection of wines by the glass in the world
The soon-to-be-opened Center International de la Gastronomie et du Vin (the “International City of Gastronomy and Wine”, or CIGV for short), based in the heart of Dijon, Burgundy, will open next month, with not only a range of gastronomic and oenological experiences, but also the largest selection of wines by the glass in the world.
The new building, which occupies the former site of the general hospital in the center-southwest of the city, is due to open on May 6, 2022. The 1,750 m² building will include a branch of the Ferrandi cooking school, a Burgundy wine school, a bookstore, as well as restaurants and traveling exhibitions. A nine-screen cinema will also share the larger site.
One of the temporary exhibitions that will open with the inauguration of the building is “C’est pas du fromage, the secrets of French pastry”. However, according to local newspaper, Le Journal de Saône et Loire (JSL), the “stronghold of the CIGV” will be its 500m² Cave de la Cité – a wine shop housing 3,500 labels with 250 Enomatic wine machines.
“Thanks to [the machines] we will be able to open a bottle and keep it for two to three weeks, allowing our customers to benefit from the tasting quantities of their choice, from 60mL or 120mL [two or four fluid ounces]“, Garance Schelcher, the head of Epicure Investissement, the company behind the Cave de la Cité, told JSL.
Despite its international title, however, early reports indicate that, unsurprisingly, the center will have a high concentration of French (if not Burgundian) wines.
New Zealand vineyard bird lasers are an eyesore for residents
Some things are too good to be true. As the New Zealand wine industry begins to consider the use of bird-scaring lasers to replace the labor-intensive vine netting that covers vines from mid-summer until harvest , news from Central Otago indicates that aside from the initial cost, lasers have another major flaw: they project shapes onto your living room wall.
According to local newspaper Otago Daily Times, residents near a vineyard with one of the new lasers have found their rooms lit up “like a dance party” thanks to the innovative gadgets. Locals Peter and Margaret Gibson have complained about the laser show to local police, although complaints about the laser light are outside the jurisdiction of local police.
“We’re not going to put up with it next year,” Peter Gibson told the newspaper. “They are not allowed to light our house.”
However, it appears that the couple did not contact the winery in question directly.
“We can’t fix a problem if we don’t even know it exists,” said Simon Gourley, Vineyard Manager at Domaine Thomson. “We’re not hiding. If it was our laser, they can tell us.”
According to the report, most of the complaints were filed on social media.
Lasers are slowly being adopted in some New Zealand wineries, although the initial cost has deterred many. Nevertheless, initial reports indicate that they are effective, do not harm birds, and reduce operating costs (mostly associated with setting up and taking down bird netting).
“Mosquito nets are very expensive to put on and take off and to maintain while they’re in use,” Gourley told the Otago Daily Times. “It’s also a lot of plastic, a very limited amount can be recycled. If we can avoid these things, it’s better for everyone.”
They are also rarely thought of as domestic troubles – although this is clearly not always the case.
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| New laser technology eliminates the need for netting to protect vineyards from birds.
Pieropan unveils a new cellar
After five years of work, Pieropan, one of the biggest names in the Soave region of northern Italy, has officially unveiled its new cellar. The Cantina Leonildo Pieropan, as it is called, is located just northeast of the town of Soave, about 25 km (15 miles) east of Verona.
Initial work on the project reportedly began in 2015, although construction began in earnest two years later. The planning was supervised by architect Verona Moreno Zurlo of the AcMe studio. The construction was carried out by several local companies.
The opening coincides with the release of Pieropan’s limited edition Cuvée Calvarino 5 – a blend of five vintages from the estate’s Calvarino vineyard to commemorate five years of building the new winery. However, the blend is not a blend of the five harvests that took place during the construction works, but rather a ten-year retrospective, covering the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 vintages.
According to local media Verona Network, the Pieropans “wanted to create a place that encompassed the company’s production needs with the desire to transform the cellar into a space that was also open to art and culture.”
Wine Bottle Sand Initiative Seeks State Approval
A former Washington state wine buyer is seeking state approval for his wine bottle recycling initiative that turns used bottles into sand. Chris Leuck founded Ground2Ground (which takes empty wine bottles and turns them into glass sand) in the Walla Walla Valley several years ago after realizing the area lacked a rural glass recycling framework.
Currently, glass sand is used in local community projects, but Leuck is looking to roll out the project on a broader level. To do this, he needs state approval for glass sand, which is created by pulverizing used wine bottles.
“[The glass sand] is a stable, non-toxic, amorphous and environmentally sustainable alternative to natural river or ocean sand,” says Leuck.
Currently, Leuck turns about 600 pounds (270 kg) of wine bottles into glass sand each week and believes more than 10 tons of glass were diverted from landfill in 2021 alone.
He set up a Page gofundme in order to expand the initiative, which will require state-level testing.
“Local and state government agencies as well as large construction and landscaping contractors must adhere to the qualified product list published by the Washington State Department of Transportation and currently glass sand is not on that list “, he said on the page. Leuck is halfway to raising the US$6,000 (€5,500) needed to fund the approval process.
Local volunteers plant a vineyard in western France
A team of local volunteers and wine enthusiasts have come together to establish a community vineyard in one of France’s less traditional wine regions. According to local reports, 500 vines were planted in the commune of Angles – just north of La Tranche-sur-Mer in the western French department of Vendée – last month with the support of 150 locals who paid €10 (US$11) per vine.
The planting was overseen by the local wine club, the Oenopotes (which translates to “Enomates”), who spearheaded the project.
“Little by little, the idea of creating a vineyard, with the help of the mayor, materialized,” club president Didier Lenaers told Ouest France. “It’s a kind of return to tradition where each small owner had vines to make wine for his own consumption.”
The vineyard will also be a destination for local school children to learn about viticulture and wine production.
The vines planted are Vidoc – a hybrid red grape variety with good disease resistance – sourced from a local nursery. The wine produced on the site will not be marketed and will be shared between the shareholders.
Although it is no longer a major wine-growing area, some production remains in the wider region. The closest appellations include the Fiefs Vendéens to the north and the wider Cognac vineyards on the Île de Ré and the mainland to the south-east.
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