Daily Wine News: @VinTank & @WINESALESHULK!

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In a fantastic column, Jancis Robinson shares the details of a recent tasting with a group of senior Chinese investment bankers. “I’d say the average age of the group was about 30, the sexes were equally represented, and the men’s clothes in particular were heavily branded. No chest was left unembroidered. They seemed to be keen tasters and much less keen spitters.”

Now that the United States is the largest wine market in the world, Romania wants to get a part of it. In the Napa Valley Register, Paul Franson has the details.

“The Sonoma Coast… is turning out some of the most exciting Pinot Noir in America.” So proclaims Jon Bonné in the San Francisco Chronicle. (He’s right.) Bonné has great things to say about MacPhail, Zepaltas, Peay, Hirsch, Kutch, and others.

If you’re prone to jealousy, it’s probably a bad idea to read anything by Jay McInerney. In his latest column, he explains why he’s so fond of Chateau Latour. “The 1961, which I tried recently with Mr. Engerer, is one of the greatest I have ever tasted, a Beethoven’s Ninth of a wine, and still on its way up. The 1982, for me the wine of the vintage, is still a baby. And they are clearly siblings, remarkably similar in their aromatics and their flavor profiles, despite being made by different teams, 20 years apart. The wines are incredibly powerful but nuanced; every sip or sniff seems to yield something new.”

Smart Money believes that flash sale sites –InVino, Lot 18, Gilt Taste, etc. – offer good values for wine consumers.

Elin McCoy catches us up on the latest in Bordeaux.

@VinTank catches up with the wine industry’s greatest superhero: @WINESALESHULK!

Thanksgiving Open Thread

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Turkey Day is notoriously confusing for the at-home sommelier. Every wine critic has a few recommendations. Perhaps the only common ground? That you should have a lot of wine on hand!

So what will you be having? Oregon Pinot? Central Coast Syrah? Bordeaux? Manischewitz? Let us know in the comments.