Daily Wine News: Election Day!

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It’s Election Day! Michele Borboa offers wine pairing advice for Democrats and Republicans looking to party.

On Boston Public Radio, Jonathan Alsop has recommendations from swing-state wineries like Linden in Virgina.

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.”

Dan Fredman reports on a fascinating tasting of Lebanon’s Chateau Musar, “some of the planet’s most interesting (and controversial) wines.”

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.

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