Jon Bonné releases his annual list of Winemakers to Watch. On this year’s list? Anthony Yount of Kinero; Chris Pittenger of Skinner/Gros Ventre; Tadeo Borchardt of Neyers; Matthew Rorick of Forlorn Hope; and Katy Wilson of LaRue.
“Champagne is a lousy place to grow grapes. It is cold, it is gray, it is at (or past) the climatic boundaries for viticulture… When you take all the sugar out of a bottle of Champagne, you are taking most of the flavor with it.” According to Kyle Meyer, the “attempt to appeal to the sommeliers and uber-terroirists” has resulted in “a bunch of zero-appeal Champagnes.”
“The intellectual journey is the pleasure; turns out, there is no destination.” Evan Dawson pens a wonderful essay.
Elin McCoy attends the annual Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux tasting– and leaves impressed with 2010.
Jancis Robinson, meanwhile, attends a tasting of 2009 Bordeaux – and finds that many of the wines are “beautifully balanced.”
“Is big bad? Corporate ownership has not ruined Ravenswood’s single-vineyard zins, which are distinctive and show the various expressions of old-vine zinfandel throughout California. And the Robert Mondavi wines from Napa are still excellent.” In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre explores the impact of corporate ownership — with the help of Joel Peterson.
“I found most of these wines to be lackluster.” Alder Yarrow wonders if Merlot is “worth the effort” in Hawkes Bay.
“Lunch is not a story. No matter who has cooked it.” Andrew Jefford offers some advice to the PR industry.