Jancis Robinson names Chambers Street Wines the “best independent wine merchant in the world.”
“I think of great Washington Cabernet showing a slightly different arid quality. They can be brighter in their fruit and sometimes more floral, but more than anything they are reflective of the eastern Washington desert, adding just the right austerity to their generous flavors.” In the San Francisco Chronicle, Jon Bonné heads north to search for “Washington-ness.”
“Charles Smith has made some bold moves in his life… but moving his base of operations from Walla Walla wine country to Seattle may be the biggest.” In Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman explores Charles Smith’s decision to set up shop in Seattle.
“I can’t start a dinner without a little bit of white. But I need red afterward. You need to balance your body. White wine brings you energy, red wine calms you down.” In Wine-Searcher, Katherine Cole chats with Dominique Lagon.
“To protect themselves, clients and managers need to acknowledge that fine wine markets are unlike any other, suggests Oliver Gregson, head of HSBC Private Bank’s investment group in the UK.” In the Financial Times, Matthew Vincent explains “how vineyard villains play on the vanity of collectors.”
For his 40th birthday, Wine Spectator’s Mitch Frank opened a 1968 d’Oliveira Boal Madeira. The reason? He wanted “something that can stand up to all life throws at it…. [and] sees 40 years as a good start.”
In the Wall Street Journal, Lettie Teague explores Carmenere.
“You’ll want to drink at this new Racines, and you’ll probably want to drink a lot, because the wine list is excellent and surprisingly affordable. You’ll also want to eat, and the food at Racines New York is impressive.” In The Infatuation, Chris Stang reviews Racines.