“At their best, wine merchants are like certain publishers, who use the cash flow generated by best selling authors (or producers) to take risks on promising unknowns. Anyone can sell a portfolio of famous names; it takes skill and no little courage to discover and promote something new.” Tim Atkin wants to know where all the good wine merchants have gone.
In Bloomberg, Tracy Withers reports that “volume of New Zealand wine imported into the U.S. last year rose 14 percent to 7.3 million cases, while Australian imports fell 11 percent to 16.7 million.”
Jamie Goode visits what he says is perhaps the world’s flintiest vineyard, Barre à Mine, located in Tracy-sur-Loire, just over the river from Sancerre.
In Wine Enthusiast, Anne Krebiehl MW discovers ambitious young Austrian winemakers in the old cellars of the Weinviertal in Austria, “a dynamic hotbed for wine.”
On the heels of the news about Martha Stewart’s new wine company Jeff Siegel, the wine curmudgeon, asks: Do we really need more celebrity wine?
Carson Demmond on avant-garde wines of Friuli in Food & Wine.
In GQ, Kelsey McKinney explains the science behind why wine tastes different on a plane, and recommends the best wines for in-flight drinking.
Michael Austin ponders Arizona wines in the Chicago Tribune.