Gary Vaynerchuk sounds busy. A nice piece in Inc. from one of the industry’s most entertaining (and most successful) personalities.
Richard Gorelick, the Baltimore Sun’s restaurant critic, chimes in on corkage — which is illegal in the state of Maryland. Gorelick is for it.
Kudos to New York State Assemblyman Micah Kellner. He had a fantastic letter in yesterday’s New York Times urging his fellow legislators to update New York’s “arcane” wine laws and legalize supermarket wine sales.
“Merlot is intimately related to cabernet franc, which is a parent of cabernet sauvignon, whose other parent is sauvignon blanc, the daughter of traminer, which is also a progenitor of pinot noir, a parent of chardonnay.” A fascinating study from Cornell University geneticist Sean Myles about the lack of sex among grapes — and how it threatens their genetic health.
Wine Spectator looks at the first four wine auctions in Hong Kong this year. Some mind-blowing figures. As Peter D. Meltzer writes, “Between January 21-23, a total of 2,611 lots were offered in Hong Kong by Sotheby’s and Acker Merrall & Condit, bringing in $25.5 million. Another 1,007 lots totaling $9.2 million were sold by Zachys in Hong Kong in early January.”