“Orange wines are a small drop in the ocean of wine available to us, but they have become a significant niche, even earning their own subheading on restaurant lists.” In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre writes about DC’s increasing interest in orange wines.
“I was able to identify the characteristics of each winemaker in each vineyard, making the case that there is a signature of place, but the decisions employed by the winemaker were the dominant factors.” James Laube tastes the results of an “interstate Pinot Noir exchange.”
In Wine Spectator, Dana Nigro chats with Doug Bell, the global wine buyer for Whole Foods.
In the Oregonian, Katherine Cole explains why, thanks to the region’s ”young upstarts,” Walla Walla may one day be best known for its Rhône varietals.
In Wine Enthusiast, Virginie Boone profiles Leo Hansen, Tracey Brandt, Chris Brockway, and Jillian Johnson, “four winemakers [who] are driven by… a sense of California history, of why things were planted and survived, and most of all, the complexity of flavor bursting from these vines.”
In Portugal, a new law allows Port producers to use cheaper brandy for fortification.
Over at 1WineDude, Shelby Vittek chats with Jason Wilson, author of the just-released Planet Of The Grapes.
“A Chardonnay with your Swiss chard?” On Monday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed a law allowing local farm stands to sell New York-made wines.
Wine importer Neal Rosenthal spends “A Day in the Jura.”
The next time you find yourself in the mood for a Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, Patricia Guy thinks you should “consider reaching for a good Soave Classico instead.”
Consumer Reports offers “5 tips to buying good wine at bargain prices.”