“Even though their fortunes have diverged, Langhe and northern Piedmont share one important thing — the nebbiolo grape variety, which plays the leading role in the best red wines of both of these regions.” In the International Herald Tribune, Eric Pfanner visits Northern Italy.
“Dynamic wines can be Trousseau Gris from Sonoma, Ribolla Gialla from Napa, Traminette from New York or even Vignoles from Iowa. Dynamic means interesting grapes or interesting places. Yes, Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa can be fantastic and Millenials will drink it. But right now Millenials want to blaze their own trail.” Kyle Schlachter offers his thoughts on the future of wine criticism.
Meanwhile, in the Wall Street Journal, Lettie Teague explores the meaning of points.
Jeff Siegel lists “five things the wine business can do to help consumers figure out wine.”
On WineSpectator.com, Ben O’Donnell asks about the oldest wine you’ve ever consumed.
In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre writes about this year’s Governor’s Cup, organized by the Virginia Wineries Association.
In Bloomberg, John Mariani profiles Vega Sicilia.
“Ornellaia has proven to be one of Italy’s greatest wines, equivalent to a First Growth in Bordeaux.” In WineReviewOnline, Ed McCarthy tastes his way through Tuscany.
Harpers reports: “California giant Gallo has become the latest winery to move into the lower-alcohol market with launch of 5.5% abv Summer White.”