“By far the most interesting wines were also the most distinct, those that could come from nowhere else but Mediterranean France.” Eric Asimov pens a fantastic column on the Languedoc.
“When I asked Craig about the thinking behind Cornerstone’s evolution, he had this to say: ‘I cannot think of wine in any other context than at the table.’” Rick Bakas writes about the new direction at Cornerstone Cellars.
Alder Yarrow tastes some legendary wines from Napa, makes his readers jealous.
From Jon Bonné, “Bubbly beverages for the holidays.”
“I can’t help but feeling that the whole process is set up to be an obstacle course where every advance seems to be followed by a strategic retreat. Unfortunately, alcohol is probably most regulated industry there is, apart from things like nuclear reactor waste disposal.” Jeff Miller of Artisan Family of Wines writes about the “bureaucratic morass” he has to navigate.
In Bloomberg, John Mariani explains why “White Burgundies From Cote d’Or Set [the] Gold Standard.”
In the Financial Times, Jancis Robinson shares her favorite gifts for wine lovers.
“‘The Drops of God’ is a lyrical and captivating romp through the wine world.” In Wine-Searcher, Tyler Colman reviews the latest adventure in the influential Japanese wine comic series.
“Currently, around 6,000 cases of Grange are produced each year, but this could be increased to 25,000 cases without destroying the brand’s scarcity value.” In the WSJ’s Deal Journal Australia blog, David Winning details the advice that some investment analysts have for Penfolds. It starts with breaking away Treasury Wine Estates.
“If you can’t mechanize, you will be out of business sooner or later.” In the Sacramento Bee, Kate Moser looks at the move by more and more farmers to hand harvests to machines.