Jancis Robinson attends a tasting with Maison Leroy’s Lalou Bize-Leroy, “Burgundy’s most celebrated vigneronne,” who was “celebrating a career choosing and then making wine that spans 60 vintages.” Leroy served the group 22 Burgundies from her debut vintage, 1955.
“It’s as if basic means ordinary, pedestrian, common, uninteresting. And the more unusual wines, sometimes of a lesser quality, they get a pass because they are different…” Alfonso Cevola challenges wine directors to return to classic wines. “To use a wine list to display one’s aptitude for finding the obscure over the contentment of the guest, well that just flies in the face of why we are here.”
Is drinking wine alone a bad idea? In the Wall Street Journal, Lettie Teague talks to some experts, tips her glass to all the wine drinkers who decline to drink alone and concludes: nope.
A look into what makes Napa Valley valuable in Wine & Vines.
According to Wine Searcher, “the family of a Bordeaux winegrower that died of a pesticide-related illness will file a case for manslaughter before the Public Health Division of the Paris courts.”
In the midst of California’s drought, “the debate over dry farming divides Wine Country,” reports Bill Swindell in the Press Democrat.
In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre on exploring and restoring California’s old vines.
In Vine Pair, “why your organic wine is actually really bad for the environment.”
Cathy Huyghe takes a road trip through Virginia wine country in Forbes.