“Regardless of where in Italy it comes from, good Italian red wine speaks directly to the soul, and the gut, of place and people and food and love.” In the New York Times, Eric Asimov explores the reds of Southern Italy by sampling 20 negroamaro-based wines from Apulia.
In the San Francisco Chronicle, Jon Bonné writes a great piece on Kelli White and Scott Brenner of Press Restaurant in Saint Helena, where patrons can easily gain perspective on Napa Valley’s history. (As regular readers know, we interviewed White and Brenner about their extensive wine list back in April.)
“With the 2010 vintage, there’s solid evidence that Oregon has finally found a permanent footing.” Elsewhere, Bonné tastes several bottlings of 2010 Pinot Noir from Oregon.
“This month, Kermit Lynch… is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the day he unpacked his first case of wine in his Berkeley storefront.” In 7x7SF, Courtney Humiston profiles Kermit Lynch.
In the Wall Street Journal, Lettie Teague profiles Alex LaPratt, Chef Sommelier at Jean-Georges, who will try to win the “Best Sommelier in the Americas” competition later this month in Brazil.
Elsewhere, Teague profiles wine mogul Bill Foley.
In the Washington Post, Wine Enthusiast’s executive editor, Susan Kostrzewa, gives Katherine Boyle some advice on how to find deals on great bottles of wine.
“Compared to the other American states, Virginia is a national contender.” So declared Steven Spurrier during his keynote address to the first annual Virginia Wine Summit.
Napa Valley has become the first wine region outside of China to be recognized with Geographic Indication status there.