“Great Champagne is one of the world’s most phenomenal wines. The best of them are both incredible versatile food wines, as well as utterly quaffable soloists.” Alder Yarrow details his favorite Champagnes of the year.
“Sometimes our favorite wines are memorable not just for what’s in the bottle but also for how we share them.” Dave McIntyre names his top wines of 2013.
In Wine Spectator, Jennifer Fiedler wonders what wine enlightenment looks like.
Did you get a wine chiller for Christmas? According to Paul Saums of D.O.C. Wine Shop, you should return it and just put your bottle in the toilet tank.
“If Fox News were to channel its resources to a vinous purpose, they could do well to declare a war on wine gadgets.” Tyler Colman drops some knowledge.
“I don’t review individual wines or assign scores so, while sensory factors clearly matter, I decided to base my final choice on a wine’s potential to shape or shift the market, or at least a particular segment of it, as well as the obvious taste, aroma and texture aspects.” Mike Veseth explains why he chose the the 2012 Eroica Gold Riesling as his wine of the year for Wine-Searcher.
In the Willamette Valley, Domaine Drouhin has essentially doubled its estate vineyard holdings with the purchase of Roserock Vineyard, a 279-acre property in the Eola-Amity Hills.
In California, meanwhile, Kendall-Jackson has added 77 acres to its portfolio with the purchase of Yverdon Vineyard in Napa.
“I have heard Bonné’s book described as ‘the guide to hipster wine,’ and ‘what the cool kids are drinking’… But such a criticism is perhaps beside the point.” In 7×7 SF, Courtney Humiston reviews The New California Wine.
On Serious Eats, Lily-Elaine Hawk Wakawaka writes and draws about which wines to drink with Chinese food.
“I feel Santa Claus fever coming on.” Miss Christmas? Check out the Wine Curmudgeon.