“One of the most frequent laments I hear from wine producers during my annual visits in the northern Rhône is how difficult it is to sell Hermitage.” Jancis Robinson on the Hermitage conundrum. “This is particularly strange since Hermitage is the acknowledged birthplace of the Syrah grape, currently one of the most fashionable all over the world.”
In Wine Spectator, Mitch Frank sees craft beers’ popularity as an opportunity for winemakers.
Food Republic lists “16 Important Names to Know in Natural Wine.”
“Will the market notice if Robert Parker’s palate declines?” asks W. Blake Gray.
Lily-Elaine Hawk Wakawaka shares Billy Collins’ thoughts on writing, which he presented in a keynote address at the Napa Valley Wine Writer Symposium.
In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre visits Siduri Wines in Somoma County and talks with Adam Lee about the recent company sale. “In any other business I can think of, this would be a positive thing,” said Lee. “In the wine business, we think of it as a loss.”
Lettie Teague calls Madeira “The Historic Portuguese Wine That’s Hip Again” in the Wall Street Journal.
Elsewhere in the Wall Street Journal, Ross Kelly looks at how Australia’s Treasury Wine Estates unusual marketing strategy appears to be working.
Wine Searcher profiles Philippe Dhalluin.