“In the last few years… I’ve noticed some Zinfandel producers gravitating to a more restrained style, lighter in body and lower in alcohol.” In the New York Times, Eric Asimov convenes the wine panel to taste 20 bottles of Zinfandel, all clocking in at under 15 percent alcohol.
Elsewhere in the New York Times, an op-chart detailing “the secret language of some of New York’s finest ‘Somms.’”
Decanter.com reports: “Soo Hoo Khoon Peng, the Singapore-based Malaysian businessman reported to have bought Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, still has close ties with the fine wine retailer Hermitage Wine.”
This story is one reason why, according to Adler Yarrow, December has been a soap opera in the wine industry.
“For the confused buyer faced with a wall of wine,” Will Lyons offers “a few last-minute buying tips that will relieve your angst.”
In the International Herald Tribune, Eric Pfanner decodes the role of sugar in Champagne production.
Dr. Vino praises “a pair standout Champagnes” from Jacquesson.
In the Press Democrat, Virginie Boone highlights some Sonoma County wineries that she thinks “will be doing great things in 2013.”
In the Press Democrat, Cathy Bussewitz writes about the rising popularity of concrete wine tanks.
In 2012, Sotheby’s global wine auction sales dropped a whopping 25 percent.
Erol Senel explains how the “momentum” of Robert Mondavi and the judgement of Paris “created led to the US Wine Industry as we largely know it today.”
Dave McIntyre recently headed to Austria, where he “visited nearly 20 wineries in five whirlwind days.” So keep your eyes on his blog for the next few weeks!