“Starting as a négociant gives talented young winemakers without family holdings, like Philippe Pacalet or Benjamin Leroux… a way to make their own wines.” In the New York Times, Eric Asimov writes about Burgundy’s micro-négociants.
In the Wall Street Journal, Lettie Teague profiles five restaurants “Where the Wine Prices Are All Right.”
“As my fellow cork dorks dissected the two Vieux-Donjons and other vintage bottles, from time to time I would hear someone at another table say ‘Who brought the Arnot-Roberts?’ or ‘Is there any more of that Massican?’” Bill Ward shares some “unusual, distinctive wines” at a baller wine dinner.
“There is nothing better than a woman that knows herself so well she has nothing to prove. She has no arrogance, only certainty.” On Serious Eats, Lily Elaine Hawk Wakawaka offers some thoughts (and a cartoon!) on what pairs well with Blanc de Blancs Champagne.
“From Bubbles to Boardrooms has been pitched as a self-help book for entrepreneurs, but it’s better enjoyed as a quick, simple history of the beginnings of a major winery.” In Wine-Searcher, W. Blake Gray reviews the new memoir from Michaela Rodeno, a former executive at Domaine Chandon and St. Supery.
“That’s what you should do, by the way, if you find yourself with a bad bottle of wine. Put the cork back in, take it back to where you got it, and ask for a replacement.” On the spirits blog from K&L Wines, some sage advice from David Driscoll.