“One’s pride in your local teams often does not depend upon the greater success of those teams. These sports teams don’t even have to win championships to have local fans with great pride in their teams… This is a great concept and I wish people would have that same pride in their local wine.” From Richard Auffrey, an interesting take on the drink local wine movement.
“Rhys Pinot Noir is not only distinctive for the Santa Cruz Mountains, it is unique among wines in North America.” The Prince of Pinot profiles Rhys Vineyards.
“Wines from the 1970s and 1980s from classic producers are some of California’s most profound bottlings — and they are largely unsung.” In Bloomberg, Elin McCoy explains how “California’s Golden Oldies Reward Savvy Wine Buyers.”
“Orange wines make people think about how wines are constructed. It breaks the illusion.” Lily-Elaine Hawk Wakawaka writes the third installment in her series on orange wines.
“Why so many and why have they come along all at once? Perhaps it is simply because wine is such a popular interest worldwide nowadays, and some of the world’s wine fanatics must, by the law of averages, work in the film business.” In the Financial Times, Jancis Robinson reviews five new wine films.
On the blog for J.J. Buckley, Chuck Hayward offers “An Insider’s Look at This Year’s Pricing and Strategies” at En Primeur.
Jon Bonné praises California Assemblymember Tom Daly for his efforts to recognize the importance of California’s historic vineyards.
“It sounds like something Yellow Tail dreamed up.” W. Blake Gray writes about the “best and worst official wine region names in the English-speaking world.”
In the New York Times, Howard Goldberg selects seven Long Island Pinot Noirs to pair with duck.