Daily Wine News: More Space

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 04-28-2014

Flickr, Peter Forret.

Flickr, Peter Forret.

“With Parker’s influence waning and many consumers tiring of the strapping, high-alcohol wines that he prefers, there is more space for experimentation and stylistic variation.” Mike Steinberger contends that California has “gone back to the future.”

“Since it rains so much in Seattle, ‘You end up spending a lot of time indoors reading books.’” In the Wall Street Journal, Lettie Teague explains why so many sommeliers in Seattle are pursuing advanced degrees.

In a different piece, Teague visits New York’s hottest new wine bar, Racines.

“These wines… offer a rare insight into not only the Riesling that dazzled those 19th-century connoisseurs, but also a rare glimpse into how vines grew and interacted before globalization, mechanization, and greed impacted the wine trade.” In the Daily Beast, Jordan Salcito visits the Mosel to spend time with Ulli Stein.

For the past year, “the world of wine has been puzzled by the likely future of the Château Figeac wines.” Jancis Robinson gets some answers.

“The results are light wines characterized by freshness and low alcohol levels. In many ways… this is a return to a traditional style of red Bordeaux—albeit without the weight of a good vintage.” Will Lyons tastes through Bordeaux’s latest vintage.

Abe Schoener of the Scholium Project plans to open an urban winery in Los Angeles where he’ll make “single-vineyard South Coast wines.” Jon Bonné has the details.

In Wine-Searcher, Jane Anson offers “The Busy Wine Lover’s Guide to Rauzan-Ségla.”

“Tomorrow morning I’ll savor my coffee, and for the first time, I’ll ask the barista where the beans come from. Not because I’m an expert or a scold. Because I’m genuinely curious, and the more educated we are, the more connected we become.” In Palate Press, Evan Dawson wonders if coffee is the new wine.

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