Daily Wine News: France & California

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HdV winemaker Stéphane Vivier with Aubert de Villaine and Larry Hyde. Courtesy of HdV Wines.

Alder Yarrow pens an excellent profile of Hyde de Villaine, the collaboration between Aubert de Villaine of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Larry Hyde of Hyde Vineyards. He also breaks some big news — HdV will be producing a 2012 Pinot Noir. (A tip: If you like HdV’s wines, be sure to check out the Pinot Noir from Stéphane Vivier.)

In the Press Democrat, Dan Berger explains why Jean-Charles Boisset could fill Robert Mondavi’s shoes and be “the next spokesman for California wine.”

“The tiki tasting hut in the barrel room of the Judd’s Hill winery is a tipoff: This isn’t your old-school faux chateau.” From the Associated Press, an article on the shift away from “old winery paradigms” in Napa Valley. Joe Roberts helps out!

Tyler Colman posts “a rather sobering map from the Specialty Wine Retailers’ Association” that breaks down retailer-to-consumer shipping. Tom Wark comments, explaining what we need to eliminate anti-freedom wine laws.

“I don’t think alcohol producers or their representatives will weigh in at all on the question of ballot initiatives that seek to legalize pot… However, I do suspect that we will see a good chunk of change going from individual owners and shareholders of alcohol companies to the ‘No on Legalization’ campaigns.” So predicts Tom Wark in a thoughtful post about the parallels between booze and marijuana.

In Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman wonders if tasting notes are too pretentious.

Steve Heimoff explores the implications of social media migrating towards images and away from words. (Yes, Heimoff has written a thoughtful and interesting post on social media!)

Harvest is starting in Washington State — and winemakers are quite optimistic about the vintage, as the growing season has been “near-perfect.”

“I’m kind of a modest guy, but it seems like everywhere I look in the world of wine someone or something is getting undressed.” Mike Veseth wonders why the word “naked” has become so ubiquitous in the wine world.

In the New York Daily News, “five tips for online wine shopping.”

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