“Americans like to talk about Shiraz, but they don’t buy it. Conversely, they buy a lot of Malbec but don’t discuss it.” In Wine-Searcher, W. Blake Gray brings attention to some fascinating statistics on “buzz volume” from the Wine Market Council’s annual presentation.
Mike Dunne has found a $28 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that deserves to be taken seriously.
“It’s not the first place that comes to mind when one refers to ‘wine country,’ but Texas is the fifth-ranked state by wine production… and retailers say the trend toward local food and wine is helping to galvanize consumer interest.”
Speaking of Texas, the Wine Curmudgeon plans to write a “Guide to Cheap Wine.”
“Thanks to the loyalty of New York’s Sen. Charles Schumer,” New York wines were on the table at President Barack Obama’s Inauguration luncheon yesterday. Go New York!
“The marvel of this book is that it is perfectly suited for the absolute beginner… as well as the well-informed, knowledgeable student of American wine.” Tom Wark endorses American Wine, the new book from Jancis Robinson and Linda Murphy.
In a separate post, Wark previews the consumer booze battles that’ll likely come this year.
Hardy Wallace comments on orange wine!