“At events like the 7% Solution, I find myself wondering if there are enough vineyard owners who have the vision and daring to follow in George’s footsteps. People who are willing to take a gamble on unknown grape varieties even though they could get more dollar-per-acre or ton for Cab.” John Trinidad returns to wine blogging with a thoughtful post about “farmers and vineyard owners… the unsung heroes of the ‘new’ California.”
On the blog for Tablas Creek, Robert Haas looks back at a time “When Terroir Was a Dirty Word.”
“I think that my taste is more complicated and more varied to be defined in such a black and white way.” Robert Parker recently sat down with French magazine Terre de Vins. Wine-Searcher has the highlights.
Elsewhere in Wine-Searcher, Amanda Barnes chats with Uruguayan sommelier Charlie Arturaola, who was named the “Communicator of the Year” at the 2012 International Wine and Spirit Competition.
“Just be honest with us. That’s all we ask.” W. Blake Gray urges wineries to label alcohol percentage accurately.
“Researchers are breeding grapes that can survive frigid, cold temperatures and make delicious wine. They’re hoping names like Frontenac and Marquette will role off wine enthusiast’s tongues just the way Cabernet and Merlot do today.” On NPR, David Greene profiles the efforts of a dozen universities that are collaborating on an “extreme winemaking project.”
From Buzzfeed, “the sleaziest wine commercials ever produced.” Wow. Not quite safe for work.
In the Wall Street Journal, Lettie Teague investigates corkage fees in New York City.
Wine & Dine Magazine profiles Leslie Sbrocco.
Jeff Siegel explains why lowering the legal drinking limit isn’t the best way to solve the drunk-driving problem.
The TTB has issued guidance on the “Use of Social Media in the Advertising of Alcohol Beverages.”