“For collectors like Koch, who recently choked up while extolling the craft of the winemaker to Brian Ross of ABC News, the incentive to end counterfeiting isn’t strictly financial. The current onslaught of impostor bottles detracts from the pleasures of a six-figure magnum.” In Bloomberg, Mark Ellwood writes about the fight against fake wine.
Elsewhere, Swan names his favorite spots for eating and drinking around the Bay Area.
“Although he seems just as edgy about how his latest vintage is showing, it looks like he’s found a winning pattern.” In Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman visits Doubleback’s Drew Bledsoe.
“Of all the dramatic visuals the morning after the Napa earthquake—the shattered wine cellars and landslides of fallen barrels—nothing for me was more startling than the live TV images of the historic McIntyre building, crippled and sagging on the grounds of Trefethen Vineyards in Yountville.” Elsewhere in Wine Spectator, Tim Fish explores if this Napa icon can be saved.
Researchers in Denmark have “developed a nanosensor that can mimic what happens in your mouth when you drink wine.” The implications are quite cool.
“When you think of the French Riviera, you tend to think of sun, sand, sex and sophistication.” But just a mile away, “a small community of Cistercian monks works the land to produce wines that can sell for more than $210 a bottle.”