This weekend, David Hirsch was seriously injured in a tractor accident at his vineyard, but fortunately, as Jon Bonné reports, his “family is optimistic about a recovery.”
In the New York Times, Eric Asimov ponders “the tension between traditional and modern techniques and styles” on a liquid excursion to Côte-Rôtie.
“The best ’09s are all about finesse and balance and will be superb over the next few years. Their precocious accessibility makes them ideal on restaurant lists. However, those ’09s that are forcefully tannic but already lack fruit richness aren’t going to get any better.” In Wine Enthusiast, Kerin O’Keefe reviews The 2009 Vintage of Brunello di Montalcino.
Maggie Hoffman asks an all-star case of sommeliers to name their favorite under $20 wines.
Lily-Elaine Hawk Wakawaka visits Shake Ridge Ranch, “one of the vineyard treasures of California.”
“Next time you plonk yourself down on the couch with Netflix, popcorn and a glass of buttery Chardonnay with a fellow wine nerd, you can impress them with your movie wine geekery.” In Wine-Searcher, Claire Adamson picks her favorite movie wines.
The Drinks Business reports: “Dom Pérignon has changed the name of its late-release, recently-disgorged Champagne with the unveiling of its 1998 vintage.” Larry Olmsted shares more details on Forbes.com.
In Palate Press, Erika Szymanski explains why she enjoys Pinot Gris but dislikes Pinot Grigio.
Mike Veseth revisits the 1989 release of Robert Parker’s Wine Buyer’s Guide. “Much has changed… but a lot has stayed the same.”
“What’s Worse: Faking Wine Knowledge or Faking Orgasms?” Tom Wark ponders an important question.
In Punch, Sarah Baird consumes 11 drinks in Epcot’s 11 different “countries.”