Daily Wine News: Everything Sparkles

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 07-23-2013

champagne-saber“As winemaking has become competitive sport, Kongsgaard has shown a noblesse oblige: He has shared the secrets of his success time and again with a generation of students — a philosophical counterpoint to the technocratic practices of winemaking schools.” In the San Francisco Chronicle, Jon Bonné writes a wonderful profile of John Kongsgaard and details the impact he’s had on today’s hottest producers.

“WineCare has become the scene of one of the strangest stories to emerge from [Hurricane Sandy], a classic Manhattan tale featuring boldfaced names, high-stakes legal battles and top-shelf luxury.” In the New York Times, Charles Bagli digs into the strange mystery of Wine Care Storage.

Even though “wine has become a rich person’s game,” Tim Atkin MW still thinks it’s possible to “build a brand from scratch with a few thousand pounds in your pocket.”

Lily-Elaine Hawk Wakawaka shares some photos and impressions from 26 hours in El Dorado, where she visited La Clarine FarmSkinner, and Gros Ventre.

In Wine-Searcher, Diana Goodman details the efforts of Arnaud Dupuis-Testenoire and Alexandre Cornot to launch a Champagne brand from scratch.

In Wine Review Online, Michael Franz tastes through Taittinger’s entire portfolio.

“It was this chasm between the casual and classy that encouraged Chang to open Bubbledogs in London last year: a 40-seat bar/restaurant that serves gourmet hot dogs with a selection of grower Champagnes and sparkling wines.” In CNBC, Kiran Moodley has the details.

In the San Jose Mercury News, Laurie Daniel celebrates Domaine Chandon’s 40th birthday.

Silicon Valley Bank’s Rob McMillan wonders if “demand for wine [is] dropping.

“When you go to a store and it doesn’t have the wines I recommend (and, yes, it will happen), ask what else they have that’s new and exciting.” Sometimes, the wines Dave McIntyre recommends in the Washington Post are sold out. He sees that as an opportunity to explore.

AFP reports: “A wide sweeping study has found a link between moderate wine consumption and a lower risk of mortality from cardiovascular disease and cancer among middle-aged men, lending more credence to the French paradox.”

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