“One thing is certain: The real losers in this continued battle are the consumers.” The editors at Grape Collective look at Wine Library’s decision to stop shipping wine to New York.
“Lambrecht didn’t set out to start a wine tech company. He was merely trying to find a way to drink good wine during his wife’s pregnancy, without having to polish off an entire bottle.” In the The Accelerators, a Wall Street Journal blog, Ed Zimmerman profiles Greg Lambrecht.
In Wine-Searcher, Tim Atkin lists his “10 Most Underrated Bordeaux Chateaux.”
Taking a break from blind tastings of the 2011 Bordeaux vintage, James Molesworth visits Domaine de Chavalier, Haut-Villet, and Clos Fourtet.
“Although I disagree with Jon about the reasons behind the apparent trend toward less ripeness and greater balance in many California wines, I think Jon tells the stories of individual winemakers and appellations in a very compelling way.” Richard Jennings reviews Jon Bonné’s The New California Wine.
“Be a little less hidebound, welcome the unexpected and seek out new flavors wherever we find them. Life’s more fun that way.” In Palate Press, Simon Woolf shares some lessons he’s learned from the craft beer crowd.
Lauren Mowery writes about “Nelson Mandela and His Vinous Legacy in South Africa.” In a separate post, she interviews South African vintner Peter de Wet of Excelsior Wine Estate.
“Call me simple-minded, but let’s not lose sight of the fact that wine’s first duty is to please our taste buds. If it can do that and also express the nuances of flavor and texture of a certain site, all the better.” Harvey Steiman contends that quality is more important than character.
In Eater, Paula Forbes names “The 19 Hottest Wine Bars Across the Country Right Now.”
On Winemakers Recommend, Mike Hirby of Relic Wines discusses Napa’s future.
In USA Today, Bob Ecker profiles “5 up-and-coming California wine regions.”