“The tasting was a useful reminder not only that Merlot can be good, but also that a wine drinker should try not to hold unreasonable prejudices.” In the Wall Street Journal, Lettie Teague revisits Merlot.
“When recommending wines, remember that what you think is perfect may not in fact be perfect for the person or the occasion. We sommeliers have to learn to manage our vanity.” In the Financial Times, Jancis Robinson writes about the rising popularity of food-and-wine pairing.
“Who the hell needs to know how to love wine? If you’re buying the damn book, you already love wine.” The HoseMaster reviews Eric Asimov’s just released book, How to Love Wine, blind.
Remy Charest, meanwhile, writes a real review of Asimov’s book on Palate Press.
“So this was the wine flag I chose to wave: Borra Vineyards Intuition. Stars and Stripes and Lodi’s finest. USA!” W. Blake Gray brings some American wine to French Polynesia.
Decanter.com reports: “Italian authorities have approved the use of synthetic corks and screwcaps on higher quality DOC and DOCG wines for the first time.”
In France, wine-drinking “has been in constant decline since the 1960s.” In the Financial Times, Simon Kuper explains why.
Late last week, the Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley was officially designated an American Viticultural Area.