Daily Wine News: Early Harvest

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 07-30-2014

Stags' Leap Winery 1In California, harvest is underway!

“If you can introduce someone to a wine and they really like it and then they go and try to find it and can’t, you feel cool about it.” In Punch, Christopher Ross explores the evolving tastes of those on Wall Street.

“Yet the land, the climate, the language and the culture remain apart.” In the New York Times, Eric Asimov explores the wines of Irouléguy.

In Wine-Searcher, Leslie Gevirtz catches up with Coravin inventor Greg Lambrecht.

“LVMH marketing will only help Morey-Saint-Denis, which has historically been eclipsed by Chambolle-Musigny and Gevrey-Chambertin.” Panos Kakaviatos chats with Thierry Brouin of Domaine des Lambrays.

I rarely share press releases, but this wine could be great. “Vintner Jayson Pahlmeyer and daughter Cleo will release the first estate-grown Pinot Noirs and Chardonnay from their Wayfarer Vineyard this fall, 16 years after purchasing the remote, unplanted parcel in the northwestern reach of the Sonoma Coast.”

In the Robb Report, Jennifer Wang contends that apps are almost as essential a corkscrew — and profiles CellarTracker, Delectable, Vivino, Drync, Vinopal, and CellarPass.

James Molesworth returns to Bordeaux to get “to know the vineyards a bit better.”

In the Washington Post, Roberto Ferdman breaks down drinking, state by state.

Daily Wine News: Delicious Penalty

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 07-29-2014

krug“Even if a wine is good, solid, tasty, might even be delicious, if it isn’t typical, the wine is penalized” Alice Feiring criticizes the wine boards in South Africa and Canada.

NPR chats with Maximillian Potter about “the plot to poison the world’s greatest wine.”

According to Krug’s CEO, the wine world needs to let go of its obsession with Chna.

Fred Swan offers his thoughts on how to improve the Wine Bloggers’ Conference.

“By 2025,” Steve Heimoff “can’t see the Big Critic thing remaining in any form, except memory, or perhaps in the mind of someone who fancies himself a Big Critic but isn’t really.”

At IPNC, Lily Elaine Hawk Wakawaka explored wine perception with Jordi Ballester, a professor at the Université de Bourgogne, Dijon.

In Palate Press, Gary Thomas writes about France’s “counteroffensive” to bring more respect to Cahors.

The former owner of WineGavel.com has been charged with stealing more than $500,000 from a dozen clients.

“if you don’t have a bottle on hand, Malibu Farm at the end of the Malibu pier has a good selection of local wines.” S. Irene Virbila celebrates the Malibu Coast AVA.

Daily Wine News: Cute Puppies

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 07-28-2014

The view at Peay Vineyards (Courtesy: Peay Vineyards).

The view at Peay Vineyards (Courtesy: Peay Vineyards).

If the Sonoma Coast’s 2012 Pinot Noirs were a Buzzfeed article, then according to Jon Bonné, they’d “be a flood of cute puppies riding tricycles.”

In Cornas, according to Andrew Jefford,”the question of stem inclusion [has] exploded with existential force.”

In the Financial Times, Jancis Robinson urges recent grads to pursue careers in wine.

“A great white-wine region is frequently a great source of a good summer red… No place may offer better proof of this theory than the Alto Adige region of northeastern Italy.” In the Wall Street Journal, Lettie Teague praises Alto Adige’s red wines.

In a separate column, Teague deciphers the city’s Italian wine lists.

In Palate Press, Michelle Locke writes about Sicily’s efforts to market its unfamiliar grapes.

“Remarkably, this neglected nation of fewer than four million souls has consistently been among the world’s top 10 wine exporters.” In BBC News, Stephen Sackur explores Moldova’s wine industry.

In Wine-Searcher, “Claire Adamson unearths the stories behind the curious names and labels sported by five wines from around the world.”

The Napa Valley Vintners has put together a fascinating video chronicling “150 million years of the science behind the Napa Valley.”

In Salon, Maximillian Potters shares an excerpt from Shadows in the Vineyard.

Snooth profiles Bill Eyer, the man behind Cuvee Corner.

Daily Wine News: Withdrawn Restitution

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 07-25-2014

rudy KurniawanSome big news in the Rudy Kurniawan case. On Thursday, “a federal judge delayed sentencing.” In addition, William Koch “withdrew his restitution claims” in exchange for a $3 million settlement and a promise that Kurniawan will “fully cooperate… and provide documentation and other information regarding counterfeiting in the industry.” On Wine-Berserkers, Don Cornwell shares some fascinating details.

“The rattlingly good plot in the book is made all the more edgy because it’s entirely true.” In Wine-Searcher, DonKavanagh reviews Maximillian Potter’s Shadows in the Vineyard.

Antonio Galloni explains why ”there has never been a better time to explore Santa Barbara County and all of its dimensions.”

Looking for a good deal on Petrus? “Start reading the auction notices in the provincial French press a little more closely.”

“It feels like you’re just hanging out at a friend’s house, albeit a very hip friend, which is exactly the feel co-founders Noah Dorrance, Baron Ziegler and Steve Graf were going for.” In the Mercury News, Jennifer Graue profiles Banshee Wines.

Fred Swan offers some thoughts on how to “[Get] the Wine Bloggers Conference We Deserve.”

In the latest installment of wine school, Eric Asimov will explore Zinfandel.

On the blog for Berry Bros. & Rudd, Emily Miles chats with Charlotte Sager-Wilde, “one half of the duo behind Sager & Wilde, London’s most talked-about wine bar.”

Food Arts awards Raj Parr a Silver Spoon Award.

Daily Wine News: Glorifying Vineyards

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 07-24-2014

In Wine-Searcher, Mike Steinberger urges Americans to “move on from [the] tendency to glorify wine personalities and to put a little more focus instead on the most important player on the wine scene: the vineyard.”

A vineyard in South Africa.

A vineyard in South Africa.

“The last night I ate there, the wine directors for Piora and the Momofuku group were in the house, cherry-picking the list. It doesn’t take an expert to get a great glass at Racines NY.” Pete Wells awards two stars to Racines NY.

In Thrillist, Jonathan Cristaldi details “how to not embarrass yourself while talking about wine.”

“As our thirst for distinctive pinot noir evolves in California, so do the regions in which we grow these wines and the ways in which they taste increasingly relevant.” In the Press Democrat, Virginie Boone previews the West of West Festival.

In Wine Spectator, Ben O’Donnell wonders whether Long Island wines can survive Manhattan’s restaurant scene.

James Molesworth finished his recent trip to “Rhône and Provence trip with a stop in Cassis, the charming seaside town that lends its name to the small appellation known for stylish, minerally whites and rosés.”

“Sotheby’s and eBay will partner in a new online auction venture that will see art, wine and other collectibles auctioned through the popular website.” Wine-Searcher has the details.

“We’re both scuba divers. We’re both big skiers. We garden. We’ve raised kids together. We have a whole farm. We have chickens and dogs and all of that.” In Grape Collective, Christopher Barnes chats with Heidi Peterson Barrett.

Elsewhere in Grape Collective, Jameson Fink chats with Debbie Gioquindo, the Hudson Valley Wine Goddess. In a separate piece, she names her favorite places to wine and dine in the Hudson Valley.

Mike Dunne finds some Pinot Grigio worth drinking.

Daily Wine News: Redeeming Zweigelt

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 07-23-2014


“The greatest compliment I can personally pay Umathum may be that he has single-handedly redeemed Zweigelt for me, producing not just a good rendition of the grape, but a great one.” Alder Yarrow visits “The King of Zweigelt.”

Lily Elaine Hawk Wakawaka visits Noel Family Vineyards in Oregon’s Chehalem Mountains.

Curt Dahl chats with Eric Asimov.

“Though the abbey has records mapping monastic vineyards from the Middle Ages, it wasn’t until 1992 that the monks decided to produce and market high-end wines.” In Wine Spectator, Robert Camuto visits Frère Marie, the monk-cellarmaster of the Abbaye de Lérins “on the tiny, idyllic island of Saint Honorat.”

“To prepare for the nearly two months of intense labor, the 60-year-old winemaker trains for triathlons.” In the Wall Street Journal, Jason Henry profiles Rob Davis of Jordan Winery.

Tom Wark offers some thoughts on how the Wine Blog Awards “might evolve for the better.”

Napa’s Quixote Winery has been purchased by a Chinese-owned firm for approximately $29 million.

“I’m not making an argument for lowering the drinking age; only one acknowledging that–in a controlled environment–exposure to the world of wine can be an enriching part of growing up.” In the Huffington Post, Sharon Sevrens explains why she teaches her kids about wine.

Mike Veseth details “The Five Pillars of Walla Walla’s Wine Success.”

In Snooth, Gregory Dal Piaz sits down with Jon Thorsen, the Reverse Wine Snob.

Aaron Nix-Gomez shares some fascinating photographs of a German vineyard being prepped in 1928.

In VinePair, Adam Teeter explores the origin of the “light, refreshing mix of soda water and wine” known as the spritzer.

Daily Wine News: Unfashionable

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 07-22-2014

1982-bordeaux“But for a significant segment of the wine-drinking population in the United States, the raves heard around the world were not enough to elicit a response beyond, perhaps, a yawn.” Eric Asimov explains why, “for young Americans in particular, Bordeaux has become downright unfashionable.”

“The Álvarez family problems began around the time of the patriarch’s third wedding.” In the New York Times, Ian Mount explores the family feud at Vega Sicilia.

In Grape Collective, Jameson Fink chats with master sommelier Alpana Singh, Proprietor of The Boarding House in Chicago.

“I visited several wineries that will remain nameless, as the wines were far from thrilling—often quite salty and not terribly good, especially some unlikely combinations of grapes such as Cabernet and Grenache, and Nebbiolo and Cabernet.” In the Wall Street Journal, Lettie Teague visits the Valle de Guadalupe in Baja California, Mexico.

In Palate Press, W. Blake Gray concludes that lower yields don’t necessarily mean higher quality.

In Wine Spectator, James Molesworth visits Château Miraval.

“His lair was a hole in the ground, no larger than a shallow grave. Across the top a tarpaulin was pulled taught and camouflaged. The hole smelled like cheese.” In the New York Post, Michael Kane reviews Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World’s Greatest Wine by Maximillian Potter.

In the San Jose Mercury News, Laurie Daniel visits Washington’s Red Mountain AVA.

Daily Wine News: Riesling Hero

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 07-21-2014



CellarTracker has launched a mobile app!

“Most of the wine trade loves… but many wine drinkers dislike it.” Elsewhere, Jancis Robinson explains why her “hero” is Riesling.

“The name of the new Newton winemaker may not mean much to the California wine scene, but it means a great deal to Australians.” Jancis Robinson profiles Newton’s new winemaker, Rob Mann.

Last week, the Malibu Coast became an American Viticultural Area.

“We have a band, Private Reserve. Ed Sbragia is in it. I play lead guitar. We do cruise ships. We do wine lectures in the morning and then play at night.” In Wine-Searcher, W. Blake Gray chats with Mike Martini.

In Wine Enthusiast, Roger Morris profiles Clos de Vougeot.

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Jon Bonné explains why “brightly flavored, aromatic, low-tannin wines are what you want” this time of year.

“Plenty strive to deliver a creative beyond-the-glass experience, and it’s never been easier to find them, on Yelp and TripAdvisor, on the advice of your friends or even in your favorite wine-and-food lifestyle magazine.” Ben O’Donnell visits wine country as a tourist.

From Wine-Searcher, “10 Things Every Wine Lover Should Know about Château Clinet.”

In Decanter, Andrew Jefford visits Languedoc to spend some time in La Clape.

Grape Collective profiles Adam Strum.

Daily Wine News: Respect

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 07-18-2014

Flickr, rudynorff.

Flickr, rudynorff.

“While it may be sad for Soave producers and their fans that the wines have not achieved an appropriate level of respect, some do benefit from the situation. Seven of our 10 favorites were $20 or less, and the remaining three were $25 or less. Advantage consumer.” Eric Asimov finds lots to love in Soave.

Reuters reports: “Billionaire oenophile William Koch has settled a lawsuit worth millions of dollars against New York wine retailer Acker, Merrall & Condit.”

“Scores have always lacked rigor and carried a false sense of precision, but with inflation like this, the central bank of Zimbabwe looks like a model of restraint.” In Vineyard & Winery Management, Tyler Colman contends that the era of the super critic is over.

“Most tastings I go to merely confirm what I already know and give me a chance to identify the plums in any representation of a region, producer or new vintage. This collection really did confirm the existence of a whole new era in South Africa’s wine history.” Jancis Robinson is optimistic about South Africa.

W. Blake Gray doesn’t think we decant enough.

“The emergence of “natural wine” as a category for people who share a similar concern for how their beverages are manipulated is, well, perfectly natural. But, it only gains real weight if its integrity can be protected and guaranteed.” In Palate Press, Simon Woolf reflects on natural wine.

“If you’ve ever wondered what some of the top sommeliers in New York are drinking during their nonworking hours, or perhaps even while they’re still on the floor, there’s an app that will help you find out.” In the Wall Street Journal, Lettie Teague profiles Delectable.

In Grape Collective, Jameson Fink chats with Robert Dwyer of the Wellesley Wine Press.

Elsewhere in Grape Collective, Christopher Barnes chats with Fred Frank and Meaghan Frank, the grandson and great granddaughter of Finger Lakes wine pioneer Dr. Konstantin Frank.

In the Boston Globe, Tom Wark explains why Massachusetts’ direct shipping bill isn’t an unqualified victory.

According to Will Lyons, Robert Parker is “a glass-half-full kind of guy.”

Daily Wine News: What We Taste

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 07-17-2014

taste vin“Having spent a big part of his career as a critic in blind tastings, he now fully embraces context as one of the major parts of his enjoyment of and appreciation for wine.” In the New Yorker, Maria Konnikova explores “what we really taste when we drink wine.”

“For those of us on the sidelines, watching the crusaders on both sides saddle up for yet another joust leaves a bad aftertaste.” Matt Kramer wonders when wine became so partisan.

“An article in the International Herald Tribune in 1981… provided premature credibility, but there was no demand for Burgundy in the U.S. One knocked on doors.” In Wine-Searcher, Elin McCoy chats with legendary Burgundy personality Becky Wasserman-Hone.

Elsewhere in Wine-Searcher, Elin McCoy explains how different wineries are beating counterfeiters.

“At its root, Officer’s early love for seashells carries the same dedication now behind his work with old vine vineyards.” Lily Elaine Hawk Wakawaka spends a morning with Mike Officer of Carlisle Vineyards.

While visiting Champagne, Tom Natan finds himself “standing on land that was part of a decisive battle of World War I.”

Burgundy continues to become more and more expensive. Of the world’s 50 most expensive wines, 38 are from Burgundy. And land in the region now averages a whopping $5.4 million per hectare.

“In the mountains of the Tahoe National Forest,” Assyrtiko is now being planted.

Oregon Wine Press chat with Dorothy Gaiter.

“Will there continue to be consumers who buy and drink by the scales? Of course. The scales themselves are becoming more scientific and strangely personalized. But if there is any time in the last 35 years that Parker’s 100 point scale has looked its weakest, it is now.” So contends Michael Woodsmall in Grape Collective.

In Enotbytes, Pamela Heiligenthal profiles Alexandrine Roy, a fourth generation winemaker who is the owner and winemaker at Domaine Marc Roy in Burgundy and the winemaker at Phelps Creek Vineyards in Hood River, Oregon.