“Most AVAs, and most wine regions worldwide, are defined by geographical features like mountains and valleys and, in more precise cases, by types of soil. Petaluma Gap would be defined by wind.” In Wine-Searcher, W. Blake Gray chats with Ana Keller about the Petulama Gap Winegrowers’ push for a new AVA.
JetBlue Airways has hired a wine expert to select wines for its flights: Jon Bonné!
Tom Natan wonders if “eating more highly-flavored foods [will] make people want more highly-flavored wines.”
“By common consensus, it seems vines were first planted there in the 1530s by Spanish settlers. One estate can trace its lineage back to 1597.” Will Lyons visits Mexico – and praises its burgeoning wine scene.
Joshua Greene announces the winners of Wine & Spirits 2014 Sommelier Scavenger Hunt.
“Sohm played the role of consummate host, skills likely honed over his many years in the fine-dining business. He floated around the room with enough presence that I could sense him looking after everyone without imposing indelibly on their stay.” In the Village Voice, Lauren Mowery visits Aldo Sohm Wine Bar.
“To remain happy, you have to give yourself over to this repetition, exult in it, in a sense, almost as a deepening of your spiritual practice.” Randall Grahm reflects (a bit) on 35 years in the wine industry.
Ever wonder what makes a wine blog successful? Academia can help you out.
From the AP: “France has reclaimed its crown as world’s biggest wine producer after a poor 2014 harvest saw Italy’s wine production plunge 15 percent.”
VinePair offers “11 of the coolest wine-themed tattoos.”
The Eater crew chats with the bartender at Manhattan’s First Denny’s.