W. Blake Gray shares findings of a recent survey by Wine Opinions about social media, critics, and wine. “Social media might not only be less important than 90+ point scores from critics: it seems less important than “wine is on sale for 10% off or more… Wine store employees will be delighted to learn that a “recommendation from retail store staff” is more important than either critics or wine journalists.”
In Punch, Jon Bonné journeys through Australia’s Barossa and McLaren Vale, the regions that built their reputations on big shiraz, and asks: What’s next? “In a larger sense, Australia, like California, is finally grappling with one of its quintessential problems: Technical skill has, since the 1950s, been largely valued over individuality.”
Wine Spectator announced that Tim Fish will now cover Oregon and Washington for the magazine.
Orange Coast Magazine chats with R.H. Drexel about her zine, Loam Baby, her choice to write under a pseudonym, and why wine is her chosen muse.
Jane Anson looks at how a new law in China could hurt vineyard purchases in Decanter.
In the New York Times, Shivani Vora travels to California’s Salinas Valley and enjoys local wineries and a re-energized downtown.
Mike Veseth, the wine economist, looks for signs of an Argentine wine export revival.
The Chicago Tribune’s Michael Austin is enjoying the white wines of Rueda even in the depths of winter.