“You will almost certainly be rewarded if you permit yourself to be challenged.” Eric Asimov tastes through an astonishingly complex collection of amontillados.
Bill Ward gets “a healthy dose” of Robert Parker at the Wine Writers Symposium.
In Serious Eats, Maggie Hoffman asks “17 somms from around the country about the wineries they’re most excited about right now.”
“To experience real pleasure, in most walks of life, you have to leave the mainstream behind.” Jamie Goode compares music to wine.
“Robert Nadeau, who produces “huge” Zinfandel wines near Paso Robles, California, said he sensed trouble when reddish silt started coming out of his faucets.” In Bloomberg, James Nash looks at the impact of this year’s drought on the California wine industry.
In Wine Enthusiast, Joseph Hernandez talks to Ray Walker about his decision to launch Maison Ilan in Burgundy and “how he owes his newfound life to his wife and why he’s never looked back.”
Harvey Steiman reports on the latest shake up at Evening Land.
“When it’s made with a devoted attention to detail, and quality, grappa can be quite the smooth operator.” In Palate Press, Michelle Locke gets to grips with grappa.
“It does seem like a travesty to mix champagne with anything but a plate of oysters, it must be said that stout… plays remarkably well with its unsuspecting spouse.” In Punch, Daniel Krieger looks at the history of The Black Velvet.