The wine world reacts to the news that Robert Parker has sold a “substantial interest” in the Wine Advocate and relinquished editorial control. Check out commentary from Eric Asimov, Jeff Leve, Tyler Colman, Talia Baiocchi, Tom Wark, S. Irene Virbila, and Joe Roberts. Parker’s hometown paper, the Baltimore Sun, also covers the story.
“No one will ever plant a variety with an un-sellably difficult name.” Andrew Jefford comments on an often overlooked problem with difficult-to-pronounce grape names: They’re hard to sell!
In the International Herald Tribune, Eric Pfanner profiles Georg Riedel — and explains why “a good wine glass” matters.
Will Lyons tastes “way through dozens of wines to create a manageable, bespoke selection containing a tipple for every occasion.” (American translation: Holiday wine picks from Will Lyons.)
“I find it less fascinating to read about important grapes like Syrah… than to browse through grapes I’ve never seen on wine labels.” Add W. Blake Gray to the list of wine writers praising Wine Grapes: A Complete Guide to 1,368 Vine Varieties, by Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding, and Jose Vouillamoz. On Wine-Searcher, Gray interviews Vouillamoz.
In Bloomberg, Elin McCoy writes about Turkey’s “growing wine renaissance.”