Eric Asimov finds that Valtellinas are experiencing a rebirth in interest. “I remember back in the 1990s, a few Valtellina wines would occasionally show up on shelves in New York. But the prevailing attitude was that these wines were too austere, too acidic, to appeal to many Americans. So much has changed since those dark old days.”
In the holy trinity of Champagne grape varieties, Meunier has not only suffered the indignity of coming third, but it’s also been given the wrong name. In Meininger’s, Christian Holthausen reports on Meunier’s makeover.
Jonathan Lipsmeyer discovers the first ever wine flame war, a searing debate raged over Burgundy vs. Champagne from the mid-17th to mid-18th century between the Universities of Reims and Paris.
In Grape Collective, Michael Mondavi speaks about painful lessons from his famous father.
Joshua David Stein reviews Somm: Into the Bottle in Eater.
Elsewhere in Eater, advice for wines to pair with Super Bowl snacks.
In VinePair, Rachel Signer visits Gruet Winery in southern New Mexico, which has soils and a climate “fairly similar to the climate of Champagne.”
Cathy Huyghes looks at the most in-demand wine jobs in Napa in Forbes.
In Le Pan, Kent Tsang gets a preview of the 2002 Krug Champagne, a Champagne for “Krug Lovers.”