Mike Veseth, the Wine Economist, explains why Petite Sirah is the Rodney Dangerfield of wine. “Like the famous comedian,” he explains, “this grape variety ‘can’t get no respect.’”
If Petite Sirah is the Rodney Dangerfield of wine, is Dirk Van der Niepoort of the Douro Valley the Mario Batali of winemakers? He wears shorts and Crocs. Wine writer Harry Reginald writes a great profile of Niepoort.
In Palate Press, Joe Pollack writes about the third annual Drink Local Wine conference, which was recently held in St. Louis.
It’s not uncommon for a sommelier to upsell a patron – steering a customer toward a more pricey selection than he otherwise might order. Let’s say that happens, and you complain. Would you expect the restaurant’s manager to knock on your door a few nights later, with two free bottles of wine? It happened in New Jersey.
Lot18 is certainly one of the more interesting flash sale websites – a few months back, Terroirist Robby Schrum talked to Adam Lee of Siduri/Novy to learn how the company works. Turns out the company is doing pretty well. “While they won’t reveal exact numbers, cofounders Philip James and Kevin Fortuna say their company is generating 7-figures in sales every month.
Shanken News Daily, a free Internet publication covering the alcohol industry, launched on Tuesday. It’s worth keeping an eye on. Yesterday, it published a short article about how Australian wine is still struggling in the United States.