In Thrillist, Natalie O’Neill explores how Charles Shaw, aka Two Buck Chuck, became cheaper than bottled water. “I used to worry about having my name on a bargain wine…But now I think that was immature of me. You know? I actually like the name Two Buck Chuck. It ties it to me. It’s better than the brand disappearing — or being forgotten,” says Chuck Shaw.
Rebecca Hopkins considers the challenges of working with wine in Meininger’s. “To stay well and healthy in this industry, particularly when travelling to markets where tasting and drinking is part of the job, is not easy, as it requires restraint, mindfulness of environment, body awareness, and knowledge of self.”
After calling for an end to “opaque” en primeur pricing, Liv-ex has laid out a “fair value” methodology, which it says could lead to a new consensus on pricing and help Bordeaux “reinvent itself in the internet age.” The Drinks Business looks at the benefits and limitations of such a method.
According to Wine-Searcher, two Minnesota winemakers have gone to court in an attempt to have the 1980 Farm Wineries Act—which stipulates that wineries must use more than 50 percent of Minnesota-grown grapes in order to label it Minnesota wine—struck down.
VinePair offers a preview of the new film, Somm State of Mind, and talks with Lani Chan and Bianca Holman about the challenges women face when becoming a Master Sommelier.
In Palate Press, Elisabetta Tosi attempts to find great, affordable Barolo.
Brian Freedman pens “How Trump Administration’s Proposed USDA Cuts Could Harm America’s Multibillion-Dollar Wine Industry” in Forbes.
In Decanter, Jane Anson looks at Bordeaux’s top wine consultants and the wineries they own.