“Today there are no truly must have wines, in the sense of wines that must be on lists for them to be taken seriously, and that has brought along ramifications all throughout the industry.” In Eater, superstar sommelier Levi Dalton explains how wine lists have changed.
“Tasting with The Collector is a nail-biting experience: you hope for unexpected sunbeams of sublimity, but you realise at the outset that the darkly macabre awaits.” Andrew Jefford writes about a fascinating tasting with a wine enthusiast who has “a singular yet unquenchable passion – to find, purchase and bring home wines made from the world’s obscurest varieties.
Just before the holidays, Jon Bonné “covered the affordable side of Champagne.” So for Valentine’s Day, he’s decided to go large.
Meanwhile, in Wine-Searcher, Jon Bonné tells W. Blake Gray about his most memorable wine. Unsurprisingly, he can’t settle on just one.
Lily-Elaine Hawk Wakawaka writes a wonderful post about a recent conversation with Sonja Magdevski, winemaker of Casa Dumetz.
In Palate Press, Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher discuss the history of Open That Bottle Night – and reveal what they’ll be drinking.
“If I came in from a blizzard crusted with snow, a glass of Port would be very nice.” In the Wall Street Journal, Lettie Teague urges readers to make time for Port.
In the southern Rhone, according to Jancis Robinson, 2011 was not “a thrilling vintage”
Ever wonder how some Australian wines sell for so little? A big reason is that many ship in “24,000-liter plastic bags, each able to carry the equivalent of 32,000 bottles of vino.”
“The folks in the Veneto and the Prosecco consortium get it. The folks in Montalcino and the Brunello consortium, well, they must be waiting for a better internet connection.” So proclaims Alfonso Cevola.
In South Africa, unemployed teenagers have a new vocation: wine advisors.
To celebrate its “top destinations of 2012,” Wine Enthusiast is giving away four trips — one to each of the following regions: Rioja, Spain; Monterey, California; Stellenbosch, South Africa; and the Danube region of Austria. Good luck!