“So far, wine production in Santa Clarita is largely noncommercial, carried out by hobbyists who host winemaking parties and showcase their wines at regional viniculture events.” In the Los Angeles Times, Ann M. Simmons writes about the growing garagiste movement in Santa Clarita.
“Leading Between the Vines poetically reminds us of the faces and places that are an indispensable part of what ends up in your glass.” Jameson Fink praises Terry Theise’s new documentary on German Riesling.
“Swirl, sniff, sip — and pay attention.” Dave McIntyre unlocks the key to understanding wine.
“Consumer choice comes down to the laws on direct shipping in a given state, not how concentrated sales are among a few companies.” Some wise commentary from Tom Wark on the recent study from Philip Howard of Michigan State University on concentration in the wine industry.
“Today’s wines are far more drinkable, far more gratifying, far more rewarding when drunk younger than their counterparts of 20 years ago.” That’s why, according to Matt Kramer, very few wines benefit from extended aging. (I would guess that Ed McCarthy disagrees.)
Becca Yeamans, aka the Academic Wino, reviews Divine Vintage: Following the Wine Trail from Genesis to the Modern Age.
According to Pernod Ricard, consumers will be drinking a “unique sparkling liquid” in 2013 called Absolut Tune. It’s a blend of Absolut Vodka, Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc, and carbonation. Wow. (H/T: Birk O’Halloran of Iconic Wine.)
Isaac James Baker writes about the “Anatomy of a 19-Year-Old Riesling.”
Should 18-year-olds be allowed to drink? Tom Wark says yes. I do, too.