“The American palate has evolved since Ronald Reagan was in the White House; it’s gotten younger. The many wine-drinkers still aboard the Spectator/Parker wagon, on the other hand, are mostly “legacy buyers” — baby boomers and the last of the original ’82 worshippers. Meanwhile something quite important has occurred that complicates life for the purveyors of the 100-point scale and the whole, fruity status quo. It’s called the internet.” In Worth, James Conaway writes a wonderful piece on the waning influence of the 100-point scale.
“At the end of the four months, Downey gave Blake her verdict: out of the 52 bottles he had purchased, one was real.” In Bostonia, Boston University’s alumni magazine, Patrick L Kennedy explores the world of counterfeit wine with Maureen Downey.
“He’ll make his changes, but on the cliffs of Cassis, Jonathan believes the land has the final say.” In Palate Press, Evan Dawson visits the historic Provençal estate of Clos Sainte Magdeleine.
Alfonso Cevola lists five Italian wines he plans on bringing to fall celebrations.
Look out, Pawn Stars. In Wine-Searcher, “Mike Veseth reports on a not-too-glamorous way some wine collectors are getting cash in a hurry.”
“Hilariously dwarfing the typical few hundred feet of ‘wine cave’ scooped out of a hillside at many Napa Valley vineyards, we descend into Cricova Winery’s 15th century, 75-mile network of limestone tunnels.” In the San Francisco Chronicle, Leif Pettersen goes on a wine adventure to Moldova, “Europe’s least visited country.”
Fred Swan tastes through the latest releases from Andrew Murray Vineyards.
Lenn Thompson takes an in-depth look at New York’s 2012 rosé offerings.
Lily-Elaine Hawk Wakawaka tastes (and draws) some Riesling from Finger Lakes wine producer Red Tail Ridge.
James Laube relives his first harvest while watching a Pinot Noir pick in Carneros.
In celebration of Virginia Wine Month, Frank Morgan lists “Ten Facts Virginians May Not Know About Virginia Wine.”