Washington D.C.’s Cork Wine Bar owners Khalid Pitts and Diane Gross announced a lawsuit against President Trump, “arguing that his ownership of the Trump International Hotel is driving business to him and away from small restaurants like theirs,” reports USA Today.
The Napa Valley Register highlights the work of UC Davis professor James Lapsley, who explores the history of wine through labels.
In Wine-Searcher, W. Blake Gray looks at Napa Valley’s reliance on immigrant workers. “Census data estimates that 23 percent of Napa County residents were born outside the country, and 33.9 percent of county residents are Hispanic or Latino.”
Wines & Vines reports that Napa Valley growers and wineries are at the top of the pay scale for agricultural workers in California: “the average starting wage is $14.10 per hour, well above the minimum wage and close to the $15 minimum wage mandated in the future for California employees.”
According to Wine Spectator, Laurent Ponsot, the fourth-generation winemaker at Burgundy’s Domaine Ponsot has left the family business to open a new winery, which will begin selling wines this year.
In Decanter, Jane Anson looks at what’s new and highlights some things to look out for during Bordeaux 2016 en primeur season.
In Vinous, Antonio Galloni offers his thoughts on Sonoma’s 2015 wines. “The best 2015s are exotic, viscerally thrilling wines endowed with phenomenal purity, depth and intensity.”
In the Record, Esther Davidowitz on the quality of New Jersey wines.