“It’s a move that would have made perfect sense a decade ago; it will be interesting to see if it pays off now.” Mike Steinberger comments on Château Figeac’s decision to hire Michel Rolland as a consultant.
Jancis Robinson sits down with CBS News to talk about American Wine, and praises wines from New York, Michigan, New Mexico, and Virginia!
In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre writes about Jim Barrett and Mike Grgich, two “men whose collaboration during the rough-and-tumble early years of California’s modern wine renaissance helped establish the Golden State’s reputation for making world-class wine.”
Katherine Cole gets together with a handful of Oregon winemakers to compare and contrast wild with cultured-yeast fermentations. It’s a fascinating piece.
“Wine greatness is a two-way street. It’s not enough for a producer to find an exceptional site, craft a lovely wine and then get it to us. Someone also has to appreciate it at the other end. That’s us.” In his latest column, Matt Kramer writes about effort — and why that’s the key component to wine appreciation.
In Zester Daily, Elin McCoy writes about Bill Koch’s war on counterfeit wine.
From Enofylz, a recap of this year’s Rhone Rangers tasting in San Francisco, with a focus on the best rosés.
In the Huffington Post, Richard Jennings writes about a recent exploration of Grüner Veltliner.
From the Wall Street Journal, a wonderful profile of James Freeman of Blue Bottle Coffee and his quest for the perfect cup of joe.