Pitting top French wines against top New World is nothing new — ever since the 1976 Judgment of Paris, it’s been a popular theme for wine events. In the latest of these taste-offs, a Bordeaux vs. New Zealand event organized by the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowers Association, a $35 bottle of New Zealand Cabernet Sauvignon came in third place, ahead of Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Latour, and Château Margaux. First and second place went to Château Mouton-Rothschild and Château Haut-Brion, respectively.
Cyril Penn recently took a tour inside the world’s largest winery. Owned by E&J Gallo, the winery processes 400,000 to 450,000 tons of grapes during harvest.
Jon Bonné recently wrote a long piece on the revival of the Sierra foothills. On his blog, Bonné worries that too many “wineries still traffic in the sort of rough-edged country wines that leave wine regions as mere dots in the wine atlas.”
Lot18 looks like a fun place to work.
In recent months, episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent andWhite Collar have both featured storylines centered on counterfeit wine. Wine Spectator runs through some real-life sagas to predict what’ll next be “ripped from the headlines.”
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