“While dominant in Europe, the academic route has never been fully absorbed here, and I’d argue that this fact is part of what’s made America’s sommelier culture the trendsetting force that it is today.” In Punch, Carson Demmond explores what it means to be a sommelier and why an exam has nothing to do with it.
In Table Matters, Jason Wilson explains why he enjoys obscure wines like Xinomavro and Agiorgitiko — and doesn’t care what Robert Parker says.
“Switching off his Twitter feed, ignoring his critics and taking his dog for a walk would have served him better than explaining and complaining.” In Wine-Searcher, Rebecca Gibb comments on Robert Parker’s recent vitriolic screed.
Elsewhere in Wine-Searcher, W. Blake Gray suggests some wines for Super Bowl Sunday.
Wine Enthusiast’s editors also chime in.
Meanwhile, in Colorado Wine Press, Kyle Schlachter urges his readers to drink local!
Thanks to Greg Brewer and Chad Melville, Lily-Elaine Hawk Wakawaka recently got a glimpse of the Sta Rita Hills.
A documentary charting the rise and fall of Rudy Kurniawan is in production — and should be finished by year’s end. Decanter has the details.
China has surpassed France and Italy to become the biggest consumer of red wine in the world.
On WTOP, wine writer Scott Greenberg and Wine Club Group founder Eric Nagel offer some suggestions on what to pair with girl scout cookies.