The Associated Press reports: “Jean Taittinger, a longtime French legislator and heir to the Taittinger Champagne legacy, has died.”
“Much of the emotional reaction against Bordeaux ignores… the wines, the people who make the wines, the land and the centuries of history that waft up so invitingly and instructively from each glass.” In the New York Times, Eric Asimov contends that “2009 is a great vintage to explore Bordeaux’s less expensive side.”
On his blog, International Herald Tribune wine columnist Eric Pfanner provides some much needed commentary on the debate over using the word “chateau” in Europe.
At the Wine Industry Financial Symposium, vineyard executive David Freed made some waves by noting that “ domestic wine producers are increasingly splitting into two segments: the top 16 to 20 who are good at building brands and producing efficiently in volume, and the rest, whom… ‘exist in the luxury space.’”
Across France, winegrowers are calling on the government to underwrite crop insurance.
Rumor has it that Amazon is “ready to jump into online wine business.”
On NorCal Wine, Fred Swan provides some biographical details on this year’s inductees to the Vintners Hall of Fame.
In the Finger Lakes, many producers think “magnums cheapen their product.” Evan Dawson wants them to change their minds.
Could Malbec be “the next big thing” in Washington? Some vintners think so.
In the Wall Street Journal Europe, Will Lyons pays tribute to Patrick Sandeman.
From The Drinks Business: “Sotheby’s has announced that it will be hosting an ex-cellar sale of Krug in New York this December, including never-before released wines.”
In a hilarious piece, Talia Baiocchi writes about her new favorite bar, Guy’s American Kitchen and Bar.
“I can’t tell you how many pricey, fancy wines I’ve had (admittedly,mostly French) with brett as a main ‘feature.’ It’s a sham! Brett is not desirable. It does not enhance wine. It’s a flaw, plain and simple.” So proclaims Paul Gregutt. I agree! What about you?