“What it says about history, heritage and culture represents much of what I love about wine, which has a story to tell, in a voice that invites both contemplation and pure pleasure.” In the New York Times, Eric Asimov proviles Jean-Louis Chave and the wines of St.-Joseph.
Thanks to poor U.S. sales, Treasury Wine Estates plans on “[destroying] thousands of gallons of wine.”
On WineSpectator.com, Mitch Frank wonders if there’s “a China backlash in France’s wine regions.”
“The most mainstream and popular American wine critics’ estimates about how long wines will age are cynical, ignorant, expensive lies.” In Palate Press, W. Blake Gray contends that “By the time [today's] trophies are opened, the critics who pumped up their value may be retired, having left a trail of dead wine in cellars around the world.”
Meanwhile, on his blog, Gray explains why “Duckhorn is now the Ford F-250 of wines.”
“I have my fingers crossed that Banks continues to think long-term for Mayacamas.” In Bloomberg Businessweek, Elin McCoy looks at private equity’s surging interest for wineries, with a focus on Terroir Capital’s acquisition of Mayacamas.
“If you’re looking for glasses and your budget tiptoes into hand-blown territory, though, these are, truly, the best I’ve ever used.” Andrew Jefford endorses Zalto’s Denk`Art line are glasses.
Ever wonder what regular consumers actually drink? In Wine-Searcher, Rebecca Gibb reports that “three wine companies – E. & J. Gallo, The Wine Group and Constellation – accounted for nearly half of all the wine sold in America in 2012.”
Steve Heimoff thinks it’s “unsustainable” for a winery to present its products as both “serious and unsnooty at the same time.
In Wine Review Online, Robert Whitely shares some observations from the 10th annual Critics Challenge International Wine Competition.
“The early years of the Proceedings make wine drinking appear deadly.” Aaron Nix-Gomez begins what promises to be a fascinating series looking at wine thefts in London from 1685-1799.
Silicon Valley Bank’s Rob McMillan details “4 thingies worth pondering at this point in the year.”
Wine Enthusiast names its “Top 100 Wine Restaurants of 2013.”