Daily Wine News: The Evolving Burgundy

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 11-25-2015

Vineyard in Burgundy (Source: Wikimedia)

Vineyard in Burgundy (Source: Wikimedia)

Jancis Robinson rounds up some of Burgundy’s recent trends. “I know from the changing roster of producer names alone that in fact it is evolving just as rapidly as anywhere else.”

Burgundy’s Domaine Chanzy aims to become a brand “synonymous with luxury,” according to Lucy Colback, who explores the potential gains and setbacks in the Financial Times. “A challenge to scaling the business is securing volumes — especially in Burgundy.”

In Eater, Levi Dalton explains how a New York State Liquor Authority regulation could stop restaurants from sourcing wine from private collections and torpedo the great wine lists of NYC.

“I’m as drawn to the texture of certain wines as I am to their flavors and aromatics,” says R.H. Drexel in Vinous. After finding a Saintsbury Pinot Noir from Sundawg Ridge “sculpturally compelling,” she interviews Saintsbury winemaker Tim Colla about interpreting the wine through ice sculpting, and the energetic nature of a wine.

Jonathan Lipsmeyer pens an ode to Robola. “Poor Robola. No one speaks of this silver medalist, this silent prince, who lives in the shadow of its Santorinian counterpart.”

Champagne Duval-Leroy is now 100% vegan friendly, reports Jane Anson in Decanter.

Madeline Puckette breaks down wines by their alcohol levels in Wine Folly.

Vogue covers “what the somms will be sipping this Thanksgiving.”

In Wine Spectator, James Molesworth makes the case for drinking French wine this Thanksgiving.

Daily Wine News: On Wine Stories

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 11-24-2015

Nebbiolo (Wikimedia).

Nebbiolo (Wikimedia).

Felicity Carter wants to know where all the wine stories are. “Despite spending an entire year immersed in the best non-fiction produced in the English-speaking world, I hadn’t seen a single article about wine. Not one…Unlike other types of consumer journalism…it [wine writing] rarely leaps the barrier into the prestige features sections, where deeply reported, exciting storytelling can be found.”

Alfonso Cevola ponders nebbiolo’s influence on Napa Valley and New California Wine after an expansive tasting of Barolo and Barbaresco with California winemakers, sommeliers, and influencers.

“In wine, the counterculture is the culture now,” says W. Blake Gray, who offers thoughts on Pinot Noir, Robert Parker, and the mainstream food media on his blog.

Anthony Esposito and Antonio de la Jara report on how climate change is impacting Chile’s wine industry in Reuters. “With average temperatures rising and rains becoming more scarce, producers are being forced to employ new techniques, or even uproot their vineyards and move to cooler, wetter climes further south before grape quality suffers.”

What does climate change mean for winemaking? Andrew Jefford discusses the issue in Decanter.

In the Los Angeles Times, Irene Lechowitzky recommends exploring San Diego County’s wine scene. “Unlike that younger upstart Napa, you won’t encounter busloads of tourists; instead, you’ll find mostly intimate, friendly boutique wineries.”

Should wine lovers or women be more annoyed about Mancan (“Wine, in a can, for men”)? Zoe Williams explores the issue in the Guardian.

On the UC Press blog, Sheridan Warrick shares tips on how to become a garagiste.

Bob Ecker covers a brief history of petite sirah in the Napa Valley Register.

Daily Wine News: Rudy K Wine Auction

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 11-23-2015

rudykauctionStarting Tuesday, November 24, the U.S. Marshals will begin auctioning the “Wine Collection formerly belonging to Rudy Kurniawan.” The U.S. Marshals will auction approximately 4,711 bottles of wine. More info can be found in this press release.

Jamie Goode reflects on wine media. “Has the increase in volume of wine media resulted in increased choice for consumers of this media? And has quality suffered as quantity has risen? Are we drowning in a sea of mediocrity?”

James Suckling wonders if the love affair with Italian fine wine has a future in the Financial Times.

In the Wall Street Journal, Peter Hellman recommends the best books for wine lovers from 2015.

Despite the recent terrorist attacks, Parisians celebrated the release of Beaujolais Nouveau. Levi Dalton takes a look at this year’s festivities in Eater.

Dave McIntyre interviews Chuck Wagner or Caymus Vineyards in the Washington Post.

In VinePair, Laura Burgess goes inside Seguin-Moreau Cooperage, “the most famous wine barrel factory in America.”

In Decanter, Ian D’Agata reports on his top 12 wine choices from the Barolo 2011 vintage.

“We need the Wine Curmudgeon today more than ever,” says Tom Wark, “because today there are $25 wines available to consumer than ever before.”

In Wines & Vines, Paul Franson explores how genetics are changing grapevines.

In Bon Appétit, Belle Cushing defines “The (Totally Fun, Not-At-All Stuffy) New Rules of Wine.”

Daily Wine News: Forgotten Sweet Wines

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 11-20-2015

What does the future look like for sweet wines? (Flickr: roseannadana)

What does the future look like for sweet wines? (Flickr: roseannadana)

“I can’t help but feel Port really is the fine wine that everyone has forgot,” says Will Lyons in CapX.

In Punch, Zachary Sussman explores how the makers of port, Sauternes and Tokaji are adapting to a new wine world where taste continues to shift towards brighter and drier wines.

Are Bordeaux’s sweet wines facing a terminal decline? James Lawrence searches for reasons to be cheerful in Wine-Searcher.

Bruce Sanderson reports on the Burgundy’s 2015 harvest in Wine Spectator. According to Sanderson, it is “difficult to compare 2015 with other vintages—it offers characteristics of 2003, 2005 and 2009 combined.”

On the blog for First Vine, Tom Natan rethinks his annual Thanksgiving wine lecture, and offers advice inspired by Tim Hanni: “Why not go with what you like? Just make sure to bring enough for others to try.”

Eric Asimov suggests you end your Thanksgiving dinner with Barolo Chinato in the New York Times.

Tom Banse goes face-to-face with a wine tasting electronic tongue. “The electronic tongue doesn’t gag or tire…But can the machine replace the humans at some point?”

Lettie Teague followed the opening of New York restaurant Quality Eats and discovers what, exactly, goes into a wine list’s creation in the Wall Street Journal.

Grape Collective chats with winemakers Bruwer Raats about what makes South African chenin blanc unique.

In Decanter, Jane Anson reports on a fresh discovery of a Barolo monopole vineyard that has been certified by the local Consorzio.

Daily Wine News: Modern vs. Tradition

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 11-19-2015

The view of Barolo from La Morra (Wikimedia)

The view of Barolo from La Morra (Wikimedia)

In Wine Enthusiast, Marcella Newhouse examines what is happening in Barolo winemaking, comparing how winemakers made their wine in 1994 and in 2014. “…all it takes is a handful of visits to Barolo cellars before you begin to ask: Where has the battle between the so-called “modernists” and “traditionalists” gone?”

According to Wines & Vines, the USDA may provide California winegrowers with vineyards destroyed by wildfires this summer federal funding to help replace and rehabilitate their vines.

“The Rothschild family is betting affluent Chinese will be as keen on its vintage champagne as they are on the finest red Bordeaux wines it produces in France,” says Elin McCoy in Bloomberg Business. They have “allocated almost 10 percent of its rare 2006 vintage [which sells for $350/bottle] to the mainland and Hong Kong markets.”

A new Rutgers University center for wine research and education aims to help improve New Jersey’s wine production potential.

In Punch, Jon Bonné covers the current cider revival, and compares “the current state of cider to where California wine was in 1915: growing but not quite ready for specifics like appellations.”

In the Telegraph, Victoria Moore explores whether or not dessert wines are staging a comeback.

Rachel Signer breaks down seven signs of a great wine bar in VinePair.

Ray Isle offers tips for holiday wine buying in Food & Wine.

In Eater, even more advice on what the best wine to drink with Thanksgiving dinner is.

Wine Folly deconstructs a wine dinner from starters to dessert.

Daily Wine News: Retrospective Review

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 11-18-2015

Flickr, Norman27.

Flickr, Norman27.

In Vinous, Antonio Galloni participates in a retrospective tasting of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti’s Montrachet, spanning 21 vintages going back to 1982. “There is simply no question that the Montrachets from the 2000s and later are on an entirely different level compared to the wines of the 1980s and 1990s.”

Tyler Colman is intrigued by the love Bordeaux gets on Tali Dalbaha’s list at City Winery in Manhattan. She has assembled all 61 classified growths. “Now, she says, they are the only restaurant in the world to offer the complete lineup of Bordeaux.”

In Wine Spectator, Matt Kramer explores what Americans really want from wine, and doesn’t put much stock in the results of wine consumer surveys.

Also from Wine Spectator, the full Top 100 wines of 2015 list.

In Wines & Vines, a look at the latest Wine Industry Metrics shows all of the key wine metrics tracked by Wines Vines Analytics enjoyed strong growth in October, especially red blends, which have overtaken merlot in popularity.

According to Adam Lechmere in Wine-Searcher, after 10 years, threats of lawsuits and some rancorous exchanges between rival movie moguls, the “definitive” film version of the legendary Judgment of Paris tasting is finally going to be made.

Mike Veseth, aka the wine economist, looks back at the “European invasion of California wine.”

In Munchies, Marissa A. Ross offers “A Holiday Wine Guide for Every Crazy Person in Your Family.”

Dana Cowin is stepping down as Food & Wine editor, reports the New York Times.

Daily Wine News: Vineyard Vandals

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 11-17-2015

The wine affected by last week's vineyard TK in Bordeaux. (Souce: Liber Pater)

The wine affected by last week’s vineyard vandalism in Bordeaux. (Souce: Liber Pater)

Vandals have destroyed a plot of rare Bordeaux vines intended for Liber Pater wine by cutting 500 vine plants down to the root.

In the Napa Valley Register, Jennifer Huffman shares how Chris Griffith, owner of the Napa-based business, Napa Antique Wine Artifacts, travels to Eastern European to find wine artifacts for buyers in the U.S.

Andrew Jefford chats with Philippe Guigal in Decanter. “You could say that Guigal is the most un-primeur wine producer in the world. “The two key words in our cellar,” says Philippe, “are ‘slow’ and ‘motion’.””

In the New York Times, Ligaya Mishan features rock guitarist, violinist and producer, Rob Moose and his Coravin use. ““It’s cool to drink something that’s the same age as you,” he said. “To think about what stage a wine is at in its evolution: It’s time to look back on what I’ve done, formulate what I hope to do.””

Becca Yeamans-Irwin, aka the Academic Wino, breaks down the results of new study published in the journal Tourism Management about factors that influence wine tourism, with a focus on the North Carolina wine region.

Alison Napjus talks Champagne blending with Piper-Heidsieck’s Régis Camus in Wine Spectator.

In the Wall Street Journal, Moira Hodgson reviews Matt Kramer’s book, True Taste: The Seven Essential Wine Words.

Grape Collective celebrates the wines of Domaine Billard.

In the Sacramento Bee, Mike Dunne suggests drinking Zinfandel this Thanksgiving.

Ray Isle recommends wine for the holidays in CNBC.

Daily Wine News: “Bomb-ass Pinot”

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 11-16-2015

Guy Fieri makes wine now. (Wikimedia)

Guy Fieri makes wine now. (Wikimedia)

“Perhaps not surprisingly, wine writers who have been deposed as sole arbiters of wine taste are not overwhelmingly thrilled by the rise and rise of the somm,” says Jancis Robinson, with comments on the new TV series, “Uncorked.”

“Guy Fieri makes wine now. His label is called Hunt & Ryde…and this fall he will roll out three varietals, priced between $45 and $75 a bottle: a Pinot Noir, which he describes as a “bomb-ass Pinot,” a Cabernet blend, and a Zinfandel.” In GQ, Drew Magary heads to Sonoma for the first tasting and pens a profile of Guy Fieri.

A portion of the money raised during Sunday’s Hospices de Beaune auction will go to help victims of the Paris attacks, according to Wine-Searcher.

On Winebusiness.com, Dr. Liz Thach and Dr. Kathryn Chang present the findings of the 2015 Wine Consumer Preference Survey.

In Bon Appétit, Kate Thorman wants America to stop being intimidated by wine.

Dan Berger looks at the rise of Pacific Northwest riesling in the Napa Valley Register.

In Eater, Lauren Mowery recommends where to go wine tasting in New England.

In Palate Press, Simon Woolf features the wines of the Wachau’s Nikolaihof.

Panos Kakaviatos explores 33 Clos Vougeot wines from 2013 in wine-chronicles.

In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre on English sparkling wine, now available in Washington D.C.

Daily Wine News: As Seen on TV

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 11-13-2015

A scene from the show, "Uncorked." (Source: Esquire TV)

A scene from the show, “Uncorked.” (Source: Esquire TV)

In the New Yorker, Bianca Bosker looks at what it takes to be a master sommelier, and offers a review of the new TV show “Uncorked.”

“Here is the truth: Thanksgiving does not depend on which wines you choose,” says Eric Asimov in the New York Times. Regardless, he recommends fret-free wine options for the holiday.

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley gives advice on how to have an anti-wine Thanksgiving. “What if we abandoned wine altogether at the Thanksgiving table this year? The more I thought about it, the better it sounded.”

Elsewhere, Esther Mobley finds the new wine film “Somm: Into the Bottle” ambitious and dangerously selective.

Jane Anson unravels the wine tension between Italy and France and finds a Barolo merchant in Turin who has managed to straddle the divide in Decanter.

In the Wall Street Journal, Lettie Teague finds wines from Sicily’s Etna region are some of the most interesting being produced in Italy.

In Vinous, Stephen Tanzer reports on the 2012 Washington vintage, declaring it “a consistently excellent and often spectacular vintage for Washington.”

Alder Yarrow offers an introduction to Uruguayan wine.

Dana Nigro suggests offbeat wines for Thanksgiving in Wine Spectator.

Eater explores dessert wine’s savory side, from sherry to Madeira to Port.


Daily Wine News: Wine & War

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 11-12-2015

Reims cathedral bombed during WWI (Wikimedia)

Reims cathedral bombed during WWI. (Wikimedia)

Decanter looks at Champagne during WWI. “…of all the terrible moments in Champagne’s long history, none was more catastrophic than World War One.”

In Vinous, R.H. Drexel interviews David Grega, Iraq war veteran turned winemaker. “Grega had fought in the Iraq war and had returned with PTSD, TBI’s (traumatic brain injuries) and other injuries…healed himself by becoming a winemaker.”

According to the Washington Post, France cancels diplomatic dinner with Iran over dispute about serving wine with the meal. “The Iranians, according to France’s RTL Radio, insisted on a wine-free meal with halal meat — a request based on Islamic codes that amounted to culinary sacrilege in France…”

According to Wine Spectator’s Bruce Sanderson, for a complete wine education, there’s no replacing the benchmark wines of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Italy, and beyond. “The benchmark wines of the world are what Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is to art, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 is to music, or William Shakespeare’s canon is to literature.”

Italy just produced the biggest grape crop ever for Prosecco, but that doesn’t mean prices are likely to drop anytime soon, says Lydia Mulvany in Bloomberg Business.

In SOMM Journal, Liza B. Zimmerman on how Moldova has entered the wine scene and seeks to open its markets to the West.

In the Atlantic, Ed Yong looks at the vocabulary of smell, and wonders why most languages have so few words for smell.

In the New York Times, Andrew Cotto features the wine shop, Heights Chateau.

Punch recommends seven wines under $25 for Thanksgiving.