Daily Wine News: Important People

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 04-24-2012

According to Jeff Siegel, Annette Alvarez-Peters, who oversees Costco’s wine buying, is “the most important person in the wine business.”

In his latest Decanter.com column, Andrew Jefford shares his thoughts on the biggest stories of this year’s En Primeur.

On a recent trip to Sonoma, Dave McIntyre visited Greg La Follette. The two “trundled around the lower Sonoma Coast region in [La Follette's] pickup truck,” touring four vineyards. McIntyre brought his video camera.

Jordan? Armenia? Romania? The Netherlands? Syria?!? In the Financial Times, Jancis Robinson profiles the countries that might one day emerge “as genuine wine producers.”

Over on his blog, Fredric Koeppel writes about the wines of Jura producer Stéphane Tissot.

In the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Peg Melnik profiles Ben Flajnik of Envolve Winery, “best known to the masses as ‘The Bachelor.’”

“In other words, the ‘truth’ of a review is never absolute, but only relative. And that’s better than no truth at all.” A meandering post from Steve Heimoff on Allen Meadows, Burgundy, and the subjectivity of wine criticism.

On a recent trip to Sonoma, Isaac James Baker was very impressed by the wines of Merry Edwards.

In Asia, the auction market appears to be slowing down.

Comments (1)

  1. The Costco story is quite interesting – when I worked in the publishing industry, the book buyer at Costco was incredibly powerful, as well. I suspect the cereal buyer is as important, too. In good news, that means the potential for getting quality but affordable wines into consumers hands. On the other, it means the boutique and small producers miss out on that exposure. There is something about these big box stores that makes me feel like we’re selling our souls off, I wish Americans would be more conscious in their buying decisions, it often feels like it comes down to price.