Lily-Elaine Hawk Wakawaka continues her series on California’s often-wonderful experiments with skin-fermented whites.
“Auctions, like restaurants, are a form of social theatre. There is a narrative; there are performers and players, even improvised scripts; and those who take part earn exotic kudos.” In his latest Decanter.com column, Andrew Jefford explores the world of wine auctions.
“You don’t have to be a Loire geek to know of Huet; the domaine is one of only a handful of Loire Valley vineyards to regularly crop up for discussion on internet wine forums… and you can probably find the odd bottle in many cellars otherwise dedicated to the wines of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Barolo or the Barossa Valley.” Chris Kissack checks in with Domaine Huet after a year of transition. (H/T: Eric Asimov.)
“With a few exceptions, the Pinot Noirs that I tasted from some top producers ranged from good to exceptionally good.” Lettie Teague tastes her way through the Willamette Valley.
Jameson Fink chats with Warwick Ross, the producer, co-director, and co-writer of Red Obsession, the new documentary about the rising popularity of wine in China and the nation’s endless thirst for top-flight Bordeaux.
“With many of their best customers nearing retirement age and starting to cut back, American vintners are going after younger consumers in a bid to keep their $33 billion industry growing.” In the Los Angeles Times, Tiffany Hsu writes about the wine industry’s efforts to market to millennials.
Fredric Koeppel tastes through 12 California Pinot Noirs, across a range of styles.
Paul Mabray responds to Tom Wark’s recent blog post about the impact of social media on the wine world. (Check out the comments.)