Frenchman Christian Vanneque , who tasted wines at the legendary Judgment of Paris in 1976 and now runs a wine bar in Indonesia, made history Tuesday by shelling out $117,000 for a 200-year-old bottle of Chateau d’Yquem. That’s the highest price ever paid for a bottle of white wine. He plans to open the sweet Sauternes in 2017 to mark his 50th anniversary in the wine business. I’ll be on the lookout for my invitation to the tasting.
In other sweet wine news, 1WineDude highlights an odd study on those who enjoy a glass of vin moelleux. According to Professor Virginia Utermohlen of Cornell University and Tim Hanni, people who love sweet wines also tend to be more sensitive to light, sound, taste, and touch. Naturally, Utermohlen and Hanni conclude that this causes sweet-wine drinkers to go commando (?!).
The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle offers a long feature article on New York state’s wine scene. I was surprised to learn that New York is actually the number-two wine-producing state in the country by volume.
To the north and east, Palate Press profiles wines in New Hampshire. The Granite State’s top grapes include the white seyval blanc and the red marechal foch. For all you history buffs out there, the latter takes its name from the Frenchman Marechal Ferdinand Foch, who played a key role in negotiating the armistice that ended World War I.
Wine Spectator reports on a new study that may muddy the waters a bit regarding wine’s link to breast cancer. Researchers at the Universities of Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto found that moderate wine consumption decreased the risk of breast cancer in women with the BRCA1 genetic mutation — but increased the risk of breast cancer in those with the BRCA2 mutation.