“Big Wine tightened its grip on the U.S market in 2013, with new figures showing that three companies accounted for more than half of all the wine produced during those 12 months.” Jeff Siegel has the details.
Josh Jensen wants to ban the phrase “domestic wine.” Sounds a bit bossy to me, but I’m inclined to agree.
Lily-Elaine Hawk Wakawaka considers the role of vine age at IPOB SF.
“All of Southern France offers a lot of value for your money. It’s easy to find a yummy wine for under $20, even excellent bubbles.” In Serious Eats, Maggie Hoffman chats with a dozen wine writers (including me!) about finding wines for under $20.
“The 1910 is exciting and awe inspiring partly just because it’s over a century old. It’s debatable whether anyone would pick this out as the favorite from a blind tasting – strip away the story, the history and the pedigree and something is lost.” In Palate Press, Simon Woolf writes about “a whole lotta Colheita.”
Tyler Colman contends that the Miracle Machine hoax from Philip James is a “cynical stunt [that] has a sleazy bait-and-switch feel.” I agree.
“Can a virtual wine school run by New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov sell Americans on the wines he recommends?” W. Blake Gray poses this question in Wine-Searcher.
Elsewhere in Wine-Searcher, Katherine Cole chats with Grand Marnier heiress Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle.
If you’re interested in learning about how soil impacts Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, Katherine Cole has a homework assignment for you.
Looking for a fun summer camp? If you have $10,000, you can spend the weekend with Philippe Melka. For $25,000, you can attend a three-day camp at Cliff Lede.
Kyle Schlachter describes the wines of Turley through haiku.