“Burgundy drinkers everywhere do have reason to fear a surge of speculative interest in the region and its wines.” In the International Herald Tribune, Eric Pfanner writes about Asia’s growing interest in Burgundy.
Alice Feiring comments on the natural wine “debate” that took place during the European Wine Blogger’s Conference in Turkey.
“Being a sommelier has some similarities to being a therapist: Good listening skills are a must.” In the Wall Street Journal, Julie Flynn Siler writes a great profile master sommelier Larry Stone.
Elsewhere in the Journal, Lettie Teague “finds that following a few simple guidelines” can lead to great food-and-wine matches.
“Why limit it [to Champagne and sparkling wine from here at home]? With all the choices of bubbles, it’s amazing we don’t all drink more of it — especially considering that nearly every wine region in the world is having a quality sparkling renaissance, from Austria and Slovenia to Portugal and Chile.” Jon Bonné welcomes the season for writing about sparkling wine!
“A few Bay Area craft brewers are determined to make the holidays more fun. They’re creating a new style of beer that’s fermented with Champagne yeast, and straddles the line between wine and beer just enough for you to bring it to a holiday gathering and coerce non-beer types into liking it.” In the San Francisco Chronicle, Lessley Anderson writes about the efforts of some brewers who “view each glass of Champagne as a wasted opportunity.”
In Eater, Talia Baiocchi chats with Dustin Wilson of Eleven Madison Park.
This week, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History unveils its new exhibit, “Food: Transforming the American Table, 1950-2000.” In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre previews the exhibit’s coverage of American wine.
David Taub, co-founder of wine-importing behemouth Palm Bay International, died on Nov. 8 at 72. In the New York Times, a great obituary.
Rich Frank, the owner of Frank Family Vineyards, has purchased ”the little-known but well-positioned Wood Ranch Vineyard in Rutherford. The sale includes the 87-acre property, several houses on the land, and 70 acres planted to vines.”