Over at Grape-Nutz, Eric Anderson and Ken Zinns have published an incredible, in-depth report on a recent visit to the West Sonoma Coast.
“New York sommeliers are tough tasters, and their customers are—how to put this delicately—finicky? Trendy? Snobby? All of the above? Skepticism is still fairly widespread, but I would urge the doubters to try a bottle of Bedell’s stellar 2010 Musée or Paumanok’s 2010 Thirtieth Anniversary Special Edition.” In the Wall Street Journal, Jay McInerney praises the wines of Long Island.
Meanwhile, in the New York Times, Howard Goldberg predicts that “Malbec… could become the third most successful red wine [on Long Island], after Merlot and Cabernet Franc.”
“Yes, racism is still very much a problem, whether it is ethnocentric or econocentric, in Italy, America, and the world.” Alfonso Cevola offers a thoughtful commentary on Fulvio Bressan’s racist rant on Facebook.
“You cannot buy any vintage of Dom Pérignon for less than its initial release price.” In the Wall Street Journal Europe, Will Lyons writes about the “healthy” auction sales of vintage Champagne.
Erika Szymanski lists “four ways your wine could be poisoning you.” But don’t worry — “it’s almost certainly not.”
To “avoid disruptions in supply,” Decanter.com reports that “Bordeaux winemakers who lost vines to violent hail storms over the summer will be allowed to buy bulk AOC wine to boost volumes.”
Wine Enthusiast reports: “The Institute of Masters of Wine inducted eight new Masters of Wine into its membership.”
Caymus Vineyards is about to start construction on a “5.5 million-gallon-a-year winery and distillery on farmland south of Fairfield.”
In Australia, “Chardonnay has fallen from grace… In the last six years, close to 7,000 hectares of chardonnay – or 20 percent of total plantings – have disappeared from Australian soils.” In Wine-Searcher, Diana Goodman reports on the industry’s efforts to figure out why Australian consumers have abandoned the grape.