It’s Election Day! Michele Borboa offers wine pairing advice for Democrats and Republicans looking to party.
Tom Wark reflects on the arguments people make when alcohol is on the ballot.
In non-election news, The New York Times’ Eric Asimov explains how to get the most out of your interactions with “your new best friend” – the sommelier!
Speaking of sommeliers, elsewhere in the Times Kenan Christiansen reviews “Somm,” the new documentary that “follows four promising young sommeliers as they mount an all-out effort to attain the highest distinction in their field: the title of master sommelier.”
And speaking of Asimov, fellow wine scribe Jon Bonné recommends his new book, “How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto,” in which Asimov advises readers to “seek pleasure in wines simple and great – and wav[e] off a didactic army of acronymed wine experts and their overly firm ways to appreciate wine.”
“[Shafer's Hillside Select] is a benchmark for what Napa Cabernet can be, incredibly rich and powerful but with soft, silky tannins that seem to be a signature of the Stags Leap appellation.” In the Wall Street Journal, Jay McInerney writes about “The Near-Accidental Brilliance of Shafer Vineyards.”
“I’m tempted to go regress to the quiet and cold zone, remove myself from connectivity.” From Alice Feiring, a remarkable piece on the impact of Hurricane Sandy.
On California’s north coast, this year’s harvest “could be the region’s largest crop in five years.”
Caroline Henry tackles the delicate relationships between large Champagne houses and grower producers in a thought-provoking post at Palate Press.
Finally, if you are a fan of Champagne, go check out this great post by Pamela Heiligenthal at Enobytes on post-disgrogement maturation, which includes the best graphical representation of Champagne evolution I’ve ever seen.