“During my stay I fell more for the province’s Blaufrankisch. The wine offers bing cherry fruit and a savory sourness that turns peppery on the finish, not unlike Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley in France or along the eastern U.S. coast.” In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre pays homage to Blaufrankisch.
Matt Kramer muses on the wines that would make his “don’t die without trying it” list.
Aaron Nix-Gomez writes about “The Drink Local Wine Tour of Maryland Wineries.”
According to Alder Yarrow, “Italy Gives France a Run for the Money” when it comes to rosé.
“Roussanne and Marsanne… [are] sometimes too oaky or heavy in some way. Grenache Blanc on the other hand is usually unoaked or just neutrally oaked, and so pure and bright in fruit and acidity, it offers something for everyone.” I agree with Steve Heimoff.
Paul Gregutt lets Eric Asimov raid his cellar.
In Bordeaux, “merchants, retailers and consumers all want lower prices; but châteaus may not be listening.” From Wine Spectator, an update on this year’s En Primeur campaign.
“What do a Formula One racing car drive, a former porn star, and VinItaly, the world’s largest wine fair, have in common?” In Wine-Searcher, Patricia Guy has the answer.
In Wine Enthusiast, Patricia Thomson chats with Ken Loach, the British film director behind “an off-kilter comedy about a whisky heist.”
The Court of Master Sommeliers has added 20 new names to its list of Advanced Sommeliers. Huge congrats to everyone who succeeded!
“As much as we love numbers, history, and the cool factor of drinking something bottled before Paul McCartney met John Lennon, it should be the wine’s character that matters.” Fred Swan names his “favorite library wines from the 2013 Taste of Oakville.”
“I would definitely go to cru Beaujolais — Foillard Morgon Côte de Puy. It’s incredible. It drinks well when it’s young. You can age it. One of the best values out there.” In the Los Angeles Times, S. Irene Virbila chats with Raj Parr.