Daily Wine News: Homogenized Balance

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“His company is an innovative take on the old idea of California winery mailing lists. Instead of cult cabs, VinConnect’s many lists offer sought-after European labels, like Burgundy’s famed Clos de Tart.” In Bloomberg Businessweek, Elin McCoy profiles VinConnect and its founder, Kevin Sidders.

From North Bay Business Journal, a look at this year’s harvest with Andy BeckstofferBart Araujo, and Mario Zepponi.

“”The quietly fierce nature of Dunn’s wines has never been for all comers. But Dunn has always prided himself on being different.” In the San Francisco Chronicle, Jon Bonné writes a wonderful profile of Randy Dunn.

“This pursuit of balance has the same potential to homogenize wine styles and obscure regional identity as the pursuit of full physiological ripeness and overuse of new oak. Just as jammy, overoaked wines made from overripe grapes lose their varietal character and sense of place, so do wines that are made from underripe grapes.” Some fighting words from Joe Czerwinski in Wine Enthusiast.

“When can wineries increase their bottle prices?” As Rob McMillan explains, probably not until the net worth of America’s middle class recovers.

On Slave to the Grape, Mick Cameron chats with Chris Deegan, who heads up the “precision-crafted and highly-expressive wine program” at Nopa in San Francisco.

“For those with even the slightest interest in sherry, Palo Cortado is the sort of place that can provide you with an education in one evening.” On Eater, Talia Baiocchi profiles the wine program at Palo Cortado, a tapas restaurant in Brooklyn.

“Have you tried a Norton recently?” Dave McIntyre thinks you should.

“There is… one last value area remaining for those of us looking for our aged red wine fix without having to pay exorbitant prices. A region that has long made high quality, ageworthy wines that, with a few decades on them, are very reminiscent of fine old Barolos and Bordeaux.” In his latest blog post, Richard Jennings praises Rioja.

Tipping $400 on two bottles of wine has never seemed so stingy.

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