Daily Wine News: Volcanic Wines

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 02-28-2012

“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.

According to Jon Bonné, “Grenache is on a star turn.” Huge congratulations to one of my favorites, A Tribute to Grace, for making Bonné’s list of recommendations.

“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.

Jeff Siegel reconsiders his January prediction that wine prices would rise in 2012. The reason? Some smart folks don’t expect wine prices to budge this year.

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!

Comments (1)

  1. I find it funny (although sympathetic) that Swan billed his interview with Galloni as an “exclusive,” then Heimoff published his interview, covering almost all of the same ground, from blindtasting to Galloni’s seemingly go-to Ferrari metaphor re: Bob. “Exclusive” — You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.