Eric Asimov puts together a panel to taste through 20 bottles of Rosso di Montalcino — and revels in the “unmistakable earthy, dusty flavors of pure Sangiovese. With their winsomely bitter, citrus-tinged cherry flavors, these wines were soulful and elemental, like good trattoria food. They wanted less talking and more drinking.”
“Forty years after breaking into the wine industry, Merry Edwards stills finds herself battling with the boys in the business.” In Reuters, a wonderful piece on one of America’s best winemakers.
Wine Spectator’s Matt Kramer has named the extreme Sonoma Coast the source of “the most profound Pinot Noirs grown in America today.” I agree.
“It’s time for Bud Light to grow up.” According to advertising pro Tim Arnold, Anheuser-Busch InBev’s “sophomoric humor” has “finally [and] predictably led to Bud Light’s first sales decline in 27 years.” (H/T: Eric Asimov.)
Until the New York Times names its next restaurant critic, Eric Asimov will be filling in!
In Bloomberg, Elin McCoy pays homage to Anderson Valley Pinot Noir.
Mike Veseth, aka The Wine Economist, shares his notes from a recent address to the San Francisco Treasury Symposium, where he gave the luncheon keynote speech: “Wine Boom and Bust — With Lessons for Finance in the 21st Century.”
“When Salisbury Vineyards issued a ‘Call to Arms’ inviting unemployed Central Coast locals to harvest its 2011 vintage, owner John Salisbury hoped to enlist a new source of vineyard labor and provide reasonably paid temporary jobs to those in need. Despite his best intentions and persistence, his social experiment did not pan out exactly as planned.” In Wines & Vines, an article on the perils of “Citizen Wine Pickers.”