To fight small distributors, reports Dr. Vino, “Empire Merchants… is trying to grease the wheels to pass a state law mandating that all wine delivered to NYC must stay ‘at rest’ in a New York warehouse for 24 hours prior to delivery.” Tom Wark offers some fantastic commentary on the bill.
In the San Francisco Chronicle, Jon Bonné profiles 20 “serious, interesting wines… priced fairly for the amount of effort that’s in the bottle.”
On the blog for J.J. Buckley, Chuck Hayward and Alex Fondren offer their thoughts on the latest Bordeaux vintage.
Alder Yarrow shares his impressions on the first day of VinItaly.
In a hilarious post, Keith Levenberg highlights some “of the stock phrases and fifty-cent words that aspiring and imbibing Bulwer-Lyttonites [compulsively] pack into their tasting notes.” Meanwhile, Steve Heimoff offers some thoughts on tasting.
In the Wall Street Journal Europe, Will Lyons writes about the “rebirth of Chinese fine wine.”
“Much to the delight of Dustin Wilson and the tight-knit posses of sommeliers on the American coasts, there is a perceptible pendulum swing away from turbocharged versions of a handful of international grape varieties towards much fresher, lighter wines that are more expressive of individual vineyards than cellar techniques.” In the Financial Times, Jancis Robinson writes about American Wine — and highlights “some new(ish) names to watch.”
Ever wonder about terroir’s impact on cheese? In Wine & Spirits, Alice Feiring writes about the importance of “funky bits.”
Last year, U.S. wine sales reached a new record.