“If there is anything that wine enthusiasts have committed to their memories, it’s that chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier… are the three grapes used to make Champagne. [But] seven grapes are legally allowed to be used in the production of Champagne.” From Chuck Hayward of J.J. Buckley, a fascinating piece on Champagne’s Indigenous Varieties.
“Mr. Cullen’s cardinal rule of Costco wine shopping? ‘If you see it—buy it.’” Lettie Teague goes shopping for wine at Costco.
In a tasting of Napa Zinfandels from 2010, Jon Bonné finds that they “offer a dust-edged nuance that shows the variety’s classiest side, and the best of our tasting absolutely echoed those characteristics.”
Alder Yarrow profiles Turkish vintner Selim Zafer Ellialti.
In the New York Times, advertising reporter Elizabeth Olson writes about the efforts of Bonfire Wines to reach younger wine drinkers.
Bloomberg reports: “French wine prices are climbing, led by a jump in the cost of whites since August, after vintners in the country had their lowest production in more than 40 years.”
Dan Berger is sick of wine critics tasting wines before they’re ready.
In honor of Christmas, Joe Roberts pleas for his readers to “explore (and introduce others to) the near infinite expanse of the wine world.”