“If wineries insist that clubs can only be built from people visiting the tasting room, you are purposefully ignoring the other 99% of the population that wont ever visit your tasting room.” Rob McMillan considers the tough questions wine clubs face.
In the San Francisco Chronicle, Stacy Briscoe explores the Clarksburg AVA. “90 percent of the grapes grown in Clarksburg are sold outside the county, predominantly to neighboring Napa Valley. But you’d never know it…Despite that 90 percent figure, there has been a recent increase in the number of vintners who want to keep more Clarksburg fruit in Clarksburg.”
Wine-Searcher’s Adam Lechmere reports on Bordeaux en Primeur and the 2016 vintage. “This up-and-down season is reflected in the character of the wines. Many are delightfully perfumed, the aromas leaping out of the glass, presaging something soft, sweet and rounded on the palate. But then come mighty tannins, especially in the Cabernet-based wines”
In Wine Enthusiast, Risa Wyatt offers tips for bicycling through wine country.
Heidi Barrett reflects on wine, pirates, helicopters and what 100-point scores really mean in the Napa Valley Register.
In the New York Times, Eric Asimov tests more than 50 different wine glasses and recommends the ones he liked best.
Ben O’Donnell looks a new wave of refined styles of grappa and their kinship with wine in Wine Spectator.
In Edible Manhattan, Eileen M. Duffy recommends wines made in New York State.