“Yes, it is low alcohol,” Mahle tells me. “But that is not the point. The site gives that result. These wines could not be more representative of this part of California.” Lily-Elaine Hawk Wakawaka continues her streak of awesome posts with a great piece about a recent visit with Pax Mahle.
“At the turn of the millennium, only a few visionary winemakers might have put the words ‘Virginia’ and ‘American classics’ in the same sentence. That one of the world’s most eminent wine writers does so today illustrates not only how far the Old Dominion’s vintners have come but also how exciting is the story of modern American wine.” In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre reviews American Wine, the just-released book from Jancis Robinson and Linda Murphy.
“Just a little history, just a modicum of perspective, merely a trifle of context can produce a wine review of a different sort that I think today’s readers of wine reviews deserve more than ever.” Tom Wark offers perspective on Antonio Galloni’s resignation from the Wine Advocate.
“Every new grape needs to have its first vintage in the New World, and it certainly was fascinating to be at Grüner’s Kiwi coming out party. I’m just glad there was some Riesling to wash it down with.” Alder Yarrow shares his thoughts on New Zealand Gruner Veltliner.
Jon Bonné explores what California’s record grape crush means for the state’s wine industry.
On Monday, Cesar Chavez will be inducted to Vintners Hall of Fame.
From USA Today: “The Federal Trade Commission said an ‘alcohol facts panel’ should be on the back of flavored malt beverage cans containing more than two servings of alcohol.”
Consumer Reports has just issued a report and buying guide on 10 wine chillers. In the Los Angeles Times, S. Irene Virbila has the details.
The Taste sounds like a television show worth watching. In the latest episode, the participants were asked to create “a food and wine pairing with one of four distinctive wine styles, including German riesling, California chardonnay, a French Cotes du Rhone and Italian Barolo.”
On Tuesday, Ellen Degeneres, Kathie Lee, and Hoda got drunk. On wine. On TV.