“In this most traditional of wine cultures — Riesling has been grown near the Rhine since at least the 15th century — a growing roster of wines is defying easy classification. Often they exist in a complicated realm between dry and sweet. Certainly they can appeal to lovers of both.” In the San Francisco Chronicle, Jon Bonné looks at the “new German Rieslings.”
Dave McIntyre wonders “how long will sherry remain wine’s best kept secret.”
In the Financial Times, Jancis Robinson looks at the 2012 vintage in Burgundy, “the most challenging [growing season] that today’s vignerons could remember (frost, hail, storms, rain, sunburn, mildew and, in some cases, rot).”
“The enemy is not Pinot Grigio, any more than it was Merlot, or Pinot Noir grown in the wrong place… It’s producers who seek to capitalize on such popularity by making mediocre, indifferent wines by lazy, sometimes cynical methods.” Eric Asimov is disappointed by Italy’s latest offerings.
In Wine-Searcher, W. Blake Gray looks at Silicon Valley Bank’s latest report and concludes that 2014 will be a a great year for buying $15 wines.
Meanwhile, in Palate Press, W. Blake Gray explains why American wine drinkers are so special.
“Few wineries in California can claim a longer or more loyal following than Hanzell, founded in 1957.” In the Wall Street Journal, Lettie Teague writes a wonderful piece about Bob Sessions, who remains “a palpable presence at Hanzell, although he lives eight miles away and rarely visits.”
From Wine-Searcher, “Ten Things Every Wine Lover Should Know About Smith Haut Lafitte.”
As China gets thirstier and thirstier for wine, wine distributors “are investing heavily in marketing and education.”
In the Wall Street Journal Europe, Will Lyons explains “Why Cork Is Still a Show-Stopper.”
“Not since the Mondavi brothers faced each other in a San Francisco courtroom has there been so much drama in the world of fine wine.” On JancisRobinson.com, Alder Yarrow takes a look at what Rudy Kurniawan ruined. (Subscription required.)