Daily Wine News: Virginia’s Ambassador

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 09-18-2012

Early Mountain Vineyards

“After [Gov. Bob McDonnell] leaves Richmond, the unofficial mantle of ambassador for Virginia wine may fall to Jean Case.” In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre writes about the lofty aspirations of Steve and Jean Case, who recently opened Early Mountain Vineyards near Charlottesville.

Jancis Robinson recently traveled to “a remote province of China to participate in the inaugural Ningxia Wine Festival,” and overall, she was impressed. She profiles one of the wines on her blog.

W. Blake Gray thinks we’ve been “scaring newcomers to wine” with the word “acidity,” and should instead talk about “freshness.”

Lily-Elaine Hawk Wakawaka helps one of California’s most interesting winemakers, Matthew Rorick of Forlorn Hope, harvest his crop of St Laurent!

“Champagne has always been pitched and priced as an elitist drink, which is why sales slipped during the recession and sparklers like prosecco and Spanish cava are booming.Yet this summer, Liv-Ex reported global demand for Champagne is thriving.” In Bloomberg, Elin McCoy takes this news as an excuse to sample some pricey wines!

Elsewhere in Bloomberg, John Mariani looks at the increasing popularity of wine in high-end Indian restaurants. He’s assisted by Simon Stilwell, sommelier at one of my favorite spots in DC, Rasika West End.

In the Contra Costa Times, Jessica Yadegaran profiles Roland Micu, America’s youngest master sommelier.

While Andrew Jefford doesn’t think that the recent reclassification of St. Emilion will cause “as many sweet legal briefs” as the last reclassification, “rumblings of discontent are surfacing.”

In the Mercury News, Laurie Daniel contends that “Oregon’s best-kept wine secret may be Riesling.”

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