“Yes, Wine Writer had been horribly sick before he passed, a pathetic shadow of what he once had been, reduced to a kind of Laubotomized babbling, a sad and tired victim of Parkerson’s Disease, covered in nasty Suckling wounds, his Hugh Johnson Feiring nothing but blanks.” The HoseMaster delivers the eulogy for Wine Writer.
Forbes names its “30 Under 30” in Food And Wine. Big congratulations to wine writer Talia Baiocchi!
Meanwhile, on WineSpectator.com, Baiocchi brings attention to Loam Baby, a new wine magazine that “offers a raw, witty look at American winemaking.”
“Talking about wine doesn’t involve flavor descriptors.” Elsewhere on WineSpectator.com, Matt Kramer defines “the six most important words in wine tasting.” Licorice isn’t on the list.
“This tale isn’t yet 1,000 years old. But it has kings, crusades, the cult of the Virgin, poverty, drunk clerics, extinct grapes, the Devil and the world’s biggest wine bottle. And the irony is, the winery it’s about is one of the most forward-thinking in France.” From W. Blake Gray, a wonderful story.
On his own site, W. Blake Gray reacts to the news that Canadian wine writer Natalie MacLean has committed “egregious content theft.”
Bloomberg reports: “Wine sales by the biggest auction houses plunged 19 percent in 2012 as economic and political uncertainty in China cooled demand for trophy-name Bordeaux.”
Paul Hobbs has purchased the 90-acre Tourmaline Vineyard, located in Napa Valley’s new Coombsville AVA.
On NPR, Corey Flintoff posits that “Wine And Food May Rekindle Love Lost Between Russia And Georgia.”