In Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, Charles Olken gets the real scoop on this year’s harvest. After chatting with several winemakers (off the record, obviously) he’s learned that “2013 is good, but has presented [winemakers] with perils so far and with more to come.”
“It’s a second-home buyer’s dream: a home in the South of France overlooking fields of lush vineyards, with a cellar full of coveted bottles. Less appealing: actually owning and maintaining a winery.” In the Wall Street Journal, Javier Espinoza has the details on one developer’s plan to take care of that less appealing part.
For Italy, according to Alfonso Cevola, the future is once again in America.
In Wine Spectator, Bruce Sanderson praises the wines of Giuseppe Caviola, a well-known consultant in Piedmont who also owns his own label, Ca’Viola.
Hong Kong wine collector Henry Tang Ying-yen has filed a lawsuit against Don Cornwell for libel. At issue? Cornwell’s allegations that Ying’s wine collection contained fakes.
Food & Wine lists some Napa Valley wine producers worth seeking out.
Lily-Elaine Hawk Wakawaka tastes through 24 bottlings of small-production Syrah from across California.
“I have to admit I was surprised (and a little ashamed) to learn that we semi-knowledgeable wine lovers can be so easily manipulated.” Tom Natan looks at a recent study by four Canadian researchers which sought to find out whether celebrity endorsements impact perception of wine.
“I see this kind of well-placed tasting room as an excellent way for the wine industry to extend its reach, attract new customers, and even fill up its Wine Country-based tasting rooms.” Tom Wark praises Couloir Wines‘ decision to open a tasting room in Tiburon, a small town in Marin County.
According to Richard Jennings, “the tradition of young winemakers coming from elsewhere to make wine in California continues.” That’s why he’s profiled “South African Ernst Wolf and Languedoc-Roussillon native Guillaume Fabre.”
In the Portland Press Herald, Joe Appel declares his love for Riesling — “and not those disappointing dry ones.”
On DeVine Inspiration, Sarah Flower offers “some tips to help you make the right decision when it comes to ordering wine.”