In the Hérault department of the Languedoc — where harvest hasn’t yet finished — “six months’ worth of rain fell in a day.”
Madeline Puckette explores wine and sex.
“A well-stocked wine lover’s cellar only needs a cheap waiter’s corkscrew, a K-Mart decanter, and logo wine glasses from that cheesy Temecula winery where you’re a club member.” Ron Washam offers a “guide to drinking wine at home.”
Lily-Elaine Hawk Wakawaka tastes through 53 Cabernet library wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains.
“Soaring consumer demand for certain grands cru Burgundy wines has left merchants with allocation headaches in recent years, but Becky Wasserman remembers when the region was not such hot property.” Decanter offers a sneak peak of an interview with Wasserman that runs in the latest print issue.
In Forbes, Michael Mondavi and Rob Mondavi Jr. “share their favorite places to drink, eat, play and shop in wine country.”
“Precision winemakers and fraud inspectors just got a helping hand from French researchers decoding the oak genome: they can now trace the origins of the oak used for wine barrels.” Wine-Searcher has the details.
In the New Yorker, Nicola Twilley offers a fascinating piece on new research demonstrating that our tounges can be tricked.