“I found his purity of focus invigorating. He’s not trying to be all things for all people. He cedes to others the Consumer Reports responsibility of judging Gallo’s $7 wines vs. Constellation’s $7 wines.” W. Blake Gray previews “How to Love Wine,” a forthcoming book from New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov that sounds excellent.
“Any romance about making wine disappears as bees and snakes lurk in picking bins in a cellar that reeks of smelly yeast and fermenting grapes. But trust me – I can’t think of any place I’d rather be.” At JJ Buckley, several staffers are working harvest this fall.
“Winemaking remains primarily a man’s world, but research by Santa Clara University professors Lucia Albino Gilbert and John Gilbert has found that nearly 10 percent of California wineries now have women as the main or lead winemaker.” From the Associated Press, a look at the increase in female winemakers — with special attention paid to Cathy Corison. (As regular readers know, we interviewed Cathy in April 2011.)
“Make sure the wine is really good and so is the music. Mix up the guest list and have people sit next to someone they don’t know so well.” In Huffington Post, Ann Colgin “Reveals How To Eat, Drink & Throw A Party.”
“According to research results released last week, most psychopaths have an impaired sense of smell.” Alder Yarrow’s conclusion? “Wine Can Save You From Serial Killers, Divorce, and Bad Roommates.”
At this year’s Wine Industry Financial Symposium, some winemakers predicted a high-end turnaround. But many still wonder if “consumers will open their wallets for higher-priced wines the same way they did before the economy soured.”
Debra Meiburg MW explains how you can fall in love with Italian wine.
In Europe, yields are “sharply lower” this year.
“Sometimes we note wine scores of others, but not regularly. Reason: Delightful discovery is the wonder of the wine world, not test scores.” Gus Clemens exclaims, “Don’t score it; instead, pour it!“