“The democratization of wine is a diversification of influence, and also of our choices. Wineries should be skeptical but skeptical of their own practices. Through social media they’ve been invited to engage.” Lily-Elaine Hawk Wakawaka writes a thoughtful (and fantastic) response to Steve Heimoff’s latest misguided blog post.
“Most are cobbling a winery together however they can — buying grapes, searching out forgotten vineyards, renting cellar space, selling directly to customers.” In the Los Angeles Times, S. Irene Virbila reviews Jon Bonné’s new book, The New California Wine.
“Idaho is more like Washington — lots of grapes can thrive here (in the right spots) and lots of interesting wines are possible.” Mike Veseth spends some time in Idaho wine country.
In Harpers, Erin Smith reports that Gerard Basset “is to replace Jancis Robinson” as honorary president of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust in January.
According to Wine Spectator’s Tim Fish, ”Plenty of wineries, faced with tough finances or generational change, are looking for buyers. But they’re not advertising the fact.”
“The second thing these wines have in common is joyous drinkability. They’re not oaky, they don’t need decades in the cellar, and they’re bright, vibrant, and fresh. These wines are so damn enjoyable, and pair with so many occasions and different types of food, that you forget how well-made they are.” Jason Wilson declares his love for Beaujolais.
“They give immediate pleasure: one sniff, one sip and it feels as if the inside of your mouth has been lined with velvet.” In the Wall Street Journal Europe, Will Lyons explains why admires Argentine Malbec.
“Most people have azaleas.” But not the Wilsons. The Washington Post’s Dave McIntyre visits “the world’s oldest scuppernong vine.”
On Colorado Wine Press, Dr. Oldman explains how he saved Wine Spectator.
Wine Enthusiast announces its “2013 Wine Star Award Winners.”