On WineSpecator.com, Mitch Frank reports: “Patrick Bize, the fourth generation owner and winemaker at Domaine Simon Bize in Burgundy’s Savigny-lès-Beaune appellation, died Oct. 20. He was 61.”
Elsewhere, Bruce Sanderson remembers the Burgundian vintner.
“Instead of a Champagne for $40, try the Crémant de Jura from Stephane Tissot for $20. Or instead of a $40 Chablis, try Pepiere’s Clos des Briords Muscadet for about $18.” In Serious Eats, Maggie Hoffman chats with Tyler Colman.
Alder Yarrow helps organize a tasting of Napa Valley’s “icon wines.”
In Wine-Searcher, “Ten Things Every Wine Lover Should Know About Château Latour.”
“Once brought to glass, the crop conditions of the fruit heavily influence the fruit and spice components of the wine.” Lily-Elaine Hawk Wakawaka explores Carmenere.
According to a recent Harris poll, “Washington D.C. and New York are the most likely to be breaking open the bubbly.”
Last year, “the value of French wine exports hit a record high… thanks to buoyant luxury-wine sales and strong demand from Asian markets.”
“The one thing that’s as indisputable as it is depressing is that there are only two kinds of wine drinkers in this country — the snobs and everyone else.” Wine-Searcher publishes an excerpt from Jeff Siegel’s The Wine Curmudgeon’s Guide to Cheap Wine.
“Both are interesting books that you should consider if you are looking for wine guide that wants to shake up your way of looking at things!” Mike Veseth reviews Jeff Siegel’s book along with Katherine Cole’s Complete Wine Selector.
“Wine belongs in the hands of the people. The revolution starts today.” On Tim Atkin’s site, Matt Walls lays out “The First Rule of Wine Club.”
“Despite the Neo-Prohibitionist movement having largely gone away, one thing that remains is women generally abstain altogether from drinking while pregnant, despite there being no evidence that a couple of drinks a week have any impact on the developing child.” Tom Wark starts a new blog series about “Our Little Project.”