“Here’s an idea, thoroughly impracticable (not to mention completely unaffordable), but one that could remake wine writing into a far more vital exercise: drink five bottles.” From Meg Houston Maker, a wonderful essay on wine evaluation.
“The more the wines of Italy evolve, the more it seems there are people who want to control the progress.” Alfonso Cevola wonders if Italian wine has been hijacked by angry white men.
On Monday, Lily Elaine Hawk Wakawaka turned her blog over to Tyler Thomas of Donelan Winesto reflect “on faith in winemaking.” Yesterday, Thomas wrote an additional post detailing his personal winemaking philosophy.
“Someone recently said that if you mated John Belushi with Michael Broadbent, you’d kind of end up with me.” If you’re looking for some entertainment, check out Mike Bennie’s keynote address to Pinot Noir NZ 2013.
To fund social housing projects, the town of Dijon auctioned off 3,500 bottles of wine. More than $200,000 was raised.
In Napa Valley, a battle is brewing over a 1990 regulation which requires “new wineries in areas zoned for agriculture… to get at least 75% of their grapes from within the county.”
“I personally don’t find boozy Pinots and bombastic Chardonnays the most appealing wines, but many people do. Who is to say that all new world Pinot Noir should be a certain style?” In a thoughtful piece, Kyle Schlachter takes issue with Raj Parr telling W. Blake Gray that he hopes all Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producers will one day be “thinking the same way.”
“No matter how you think of American wine, this book shows you that there is more to it than you ever imagined.” Mike Veseth praises American Wine, the new book from Jancis Robinson and Linda Murphy published by University of California Press.
Wine Enthusiast summarizes the latest report from the Wine Market Council, which found that wine sales continued to grow in 2012.
Erol Senel explores whether Champagne is “truly a leading economic indicator.”