“If you haven’t already guessed, I love these wines. I love the lightness of their textures, the purity of the red fruit and mineral flavors, their refreshing nature, their elegance and their subtlety. They have the weightlessness of good Burgundy, though not the complexity and the tradition (at least, not yet).” Eric Asimov, on the red wines of Etna.
“Wine by-the-glass? Why not just order steak by-the-bite?” The HoseMaster of wine offers some “actual secrets of a sommelier.” They’re hilarious.
In a great post at Grand Crue, Paul Mabray offers his thoughts on the “epic changes” we’re seeing in the wine industry as professional critics become less important.
Over at NorCal Wine, Fred Swan publishes the first part of an in-depth interview with Antonio Galloni. Meanwhile, Wine Enthusiast critic Steve Heimoff chats more casually with the Wine Advocate critic — covering Galloni’s background in Part 1 and tackling blind tasting in Part 2.
In his latest column, Robert Whitley recommends a dozen wines that are both cellar-worthy and affordable.
This year, Premiere Napa Valley – the annual fundraiser for the Napa Valley Vintners — brought in $3.1 million, a new record. For the wine geeks, check out Roy Piper’s overall impressions of the festivities over at WineBerserkers.
In the Telegraph, Victoria Moore contends that the “much-maligned” Carignan grape is being re-evaluated.
Dogfish’s new brew, Noble Rot, is half wine and half beer!