Over three months, Richard Jennings bought and tasted 230 domestic Chardonnays found in grocery stores. He now provides an in-depth report of the entire category, as well as notes for them all. “There’s definitely a market for buttery types of Chardonnay, and many of these grocery store Chardonnays exhibited that character… Sweet and very oak driven styles continue to be dominant, often without the balance that would make such wines at least somewhat palatable.”
W. Blake Gray was “so impressed by Jennings’ work that I called him to interview him about it.”
Elaine Chukan Brown of Hawk Wakawaka reviews Alice Feiring’s new book, For the Love of Wine. “By sharing the culture of Georgia, Feiring seeks to help preserve it… Where her writing before has rallied against the homogenizing force of globalization, here she has found a means to use that power for the sake of what she believes in.”
Efforts in Chianti to reduce an exploding population of wild boars and deer, which devour grapes and the vines’ tender sprouts, are creating issues of their own, reports Gaia Pianigiani in the New York Times.
Will Lyons on “the magic of Champagne” in CapX.
Bloomberg’s Elin McCoy shares details about Ulysses and Accendo Cellars wines, “two new cult wines” which are about to debut in Napa.
In Decanter, Andrew Jefford describes why he thinks that the new appellation of Maury Sec has the potential “to be one of the rare ‘grands crus’ of the South of France.”
In Wine Spectator, Robert Camuto visits Elena Pantaleoni at La Stoppa in Emilia-Romagna.