Daily Wine News: Go New Zealand!

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 06-24-2011

A vineyard in Marlborough, New Zealand. Uploaded to flickr by timparkinson.

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.”

José Andrés recently led Travel + Leisure’s Bruce Schoenfeld on a “culinary tour of Asturias, Spain.” Wow. (H/T: Eric Asimov.)

Jay McInerney blogs about Jay-Z and Armand de Brignac.

Comments (2)

  1. Err, your photo is of a vineyard in Marlborough on the South Island of New Zealand. Gimblett Gravels vineyards are on the North Island, in Hawkes Bay.

  2. True! I couldn’t easily find a photo of Gimblett Gravels on CreativeCommons.