In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esthey Mobley explores the mission grape revival in California, and wonders if there’s any weight behind the trend. “It all makes a good story, maybe too good of a story. The ur-vine, the parent of California viticulture — the history of the Mission grape calls irresistibly to our nostalgia… But as a wine drinker, I fear that Mission wine, whether dry or fortified, delivers more pleasure from novelty than from taste.”
E. & J. Gallo has agreed to buy Stagecoach Vineyard, a 1,300-acre site on Pritchard Hill in Napa Valley, reports Mitch Frank in Wine Spectator.
In Wine Enthusiast, Paul Gregutt and Sean P. Sullivan look at the Oregon and Washington winemakers that are crossing state lines to find the best grapes.
Champagne Mumm has released its anticipated 2002 vintage of the Cuvée R. Lalou, the house’s grand marque. In Wine-Searcher, Claire Adamson gets a taste and calls it “an exceptional wine.”
In Decanter, Jane Anson meets with “the last little guys of Pauillac.”
Aaron Menenberg puts together a tasting of 24 wines from Ontario and attempts to come to some conclusions about the region as a whole. “There are clearly people in Ontario making good and interesting wine, and if more can sharpen their craft it’s a region that could well rise in status in the wine world.”
In Bon Appétit, Marissa A. Ross ponders what makes a good lunch wine.
In Vinous, Ian D’Agata offers his thoughts on the 2015s and late-released 2014s from Alsace.