“Not just anyone can be a superhero. There must be something iconic in the person, a character that exemplifies archetypal traits and symbolism. Recently I had an epiphany for a Superhero Sommelier, and finally have had the time to draw her.” Lily-Elaine Hawk Wakawaka anoints Carla Rzeszewski as a “Superhero Sommelier.”
In Wine-Searcher, W. Blake Gray chats with retired statistics professor Robert Hodgson of Fieldbrook Winery. (A study Hodgson released several years ago has popped up in recent weeks as proof that wine tasting is “bullshit.”)
“Many Bordeaux houses are creating special barrels of wine that do not reflect the current state of the wine in order to make them appear for opulent, more developed and more complete at the time of the En Primeur tastings than they normally would.” Tom Wark explains why “there is no reason to trust the Bordeaux vintners.”
In Wine Review Online, Ed McCarthy explains why he’s “always running out of white wines.”
“El Dorado is not Napa. It’s not the Sonoma Valley. There’s not much of a ‘wine route’ and I didn’t see any billboards advertising tasting rooms or posh vineyard tours.” On is personal blog, Terroirist contributor Isaac James Baker writes about a recent visit to Synapse Wines in Placerville, California.
“The Kool-Aid over at Treasury Wine must be laced with some of the company’s stiffest product.” In The Age, one of Australia’s largest newspapers, business columnist Elizabeth Knight comments on the news that Treasury Wine plans on “[destroying] thousands of gallons of wine.”
The Next Web reports: “Just seven months after wine-centric startup Vivino nabbed a $1m Series A round, the Danish company has announced a follow-on round of funding that sees it garner another $10.3m for its coffers.”
The Napa Valley Register reports that the “whereabouts of [Chris Edwards,] a former Napa wine executive suspected of stealing $900,000 from a wine fulfillment company, remain unknown.”