Mike Steinberger has picked up a James Beard award for his Vanity Fair article on Rudy Kurniawan.
“Who would guess that a winemaking consultant — even the world’s most famous one — had the power to provoke such an outpouring of passion, not to mention a purported ability to destroy a Bordeaux estate?” In the Wall Street Journal, Lettie Teague explains “what winemaking consultants really do.”
Elsewhere, Teague visits a new wine shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
“Albariño has become as much a brand name for Spanish whites as pinot grigio has for Italian.” The New York Times’ tasting panel tastes through a number of Spanish Albariños.
“The move to wine is an attempt to make more money where produce farms are no longer profitable.” Elsewhere in the New York Times, Kate Zernike explores New Jersey wine country.
“More than 100 wines a day for five days and a lot of time traveling from place to place, so some of the tastings are a blur. Not the one at the Abbaye de Valmagne, though. It’s hard to forget a winery that’s partly inside a 13th century church.” Tom Natan profiles a stunning winery he visited in the Languedoc.
Steve Heimoff explores whether terroir or technique is “more important for fine wine.”
In the Boston Globe, Patricia Harris and David Lyon visit “the next wine frontier: British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.”
Throughout the Cote-d’Or and Chablis, torrential downpours caused floods over the weekend, completely submerging some vineyards.
Instead of talking to friends about his “favorite” wine, Allen Balik prefers to tell folks about his most memorable wines.
Jeff Siegel chats with wine writer Dave Falchek.