According to Decanter, there’s no need to panic about a Champagne shortage. “Jean Marie Barillère, president of the Union des Maisons de Champagne, said that he does not expect any shortage of Champagne ‘for the next five or six years’. But he added that prices will still rise.”
In Wine Spectator, Robert Camuto finds that famed enologist Carlo Ferrini’s small private vineyard may produce Montalcino’s best-kept secret.
Patrick Cappiello, the wine director at Rebelle in New York City, blind tastes cheap sparkling wine under $15.
“Abruzzo, long a sort of sleeping giant of Italian wine in which producers were content with making big, hearty reds and inoffensive, simple whites with no staying power, is fast becoming one of Italy’s most exciting wine destinations,” says Ian D’Agata in Vinous.
The Napa Valley Register looks at the new startup Winecrasher, an online wine retail website that follows a “crash-pricing” model. “Customers receive all the relevant information about the wine they’re about to purchase, including region, vintage, varietal, tasting notes and an external critics score. However, the label of the wine is only revealed after the purchase is complete.”
In Grape Collective, Monty Waldin talks with Michael Schmelzer of Monte Bernardi about the marketing challenges Chianti Classico faces.
Tom Wark responds to the news of Steve Heimoff’s retirement.
In Palate Press, W. Blake Gray takes on affordable white Burgundies.