William Fevre has released a “hipster” Chablis. It’s only being offered to those with skinny jeans, chunky glasses, and a mustache.
Elin McCoy knows that “[Champagne is a place where concepts of brand, blend and house style reign supreme.” But for her, “the most exciting development taking place now in Champagne is the antithesis of all that.” I agree.
“It’s an ideological thing, alcohol level. It’s polemical. Good wine just tastes good. It’s not a political decision.” W. Blake Gray chats with David Ramey.
“Pennsylvania plans to destroy 2,447 bottles seized from Arthur Goldman, a Philadelphia-area lawyer who was charged this year with illegally reselling wine.” An illegal operation, sure. But most of the wines Goldman had on offer aren’t legally available in the state!
“Baiocchi has created a book that’s equal parts travelogue, resource, and recipe collection that’s personal, informative, and, well, easy to read.” In Epicurious, Matt Duckor praises Talia Baiocchi’s Sherry: A Modern Guide to the Wine World’s Best Kept Secret.
“If the usual harvesters had turned into soldiers, there were women, old men, and sometimes even children to take their place. They picked and pressed in the face of German enemy fire to produce a drink which is still celebrated 100 years later.” The Associated Press’ Raf Casert revisits Champagne’s 1914 harvest.
In Beaujolais, at least, Alice Feiring’s work is almost done.
On the blog for Jenny & Francois Selections, Nick Gorevic explains why Emmanuel Lassaigne is his hero.
“Although airline wine consultants don’t think passengers choose an airline for its superior Bordeaux or Champagne offerings, they do think their work is noticed.” In Wine-Searcher, Janice Fuhrman notes that inflight wine has reached new heights.