Daily Wine News: Summer Wine Roundup

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 06-19-2015

A slew of tips for what to fill your glass with this summer (Flickr: Simon_sees)

A slew of tips for what to fill your glass with this summer (Flickr: Simon_sees)

In the New York Times, Eric Asimov picks 20 bottles made for summer, all $20 or less. “It’s not a question of red or white or even pink. All are good as long as they come in the proper summer weight.”

Lettie Teague finds “perfectly pleasant, reasonably priced wines” that she “would be happy to drink the rest of summer” in the Wall Street Journal.

Elsewhere in the Wall Street Journal, Will Lyons’ 12 picks for perfect summer drinking.

In Punch, Aaron Ayscough on the plight of natural rosé, and why so few winemakers even bother to make it.

Jane Anson shares the surprising history of Lynch Bages in space in Decanter. “The 1975 vintage of his Pauillac estate, [Château Lynch Bages] became the first, and to date last, wine to make the long journey into outer space.”

Michelle Locke delves into the push to produce premium Bobal and Spain, and explains why winemakers are focusing to bring back Valencia’s indigenous red grape in Palate Press.

In TIME, Jordan Mackay shares advice on wines to pair with barbecue.

Eater talks with Chicago’s Embeya’s owner and wine director Attila Gyulai about aging screw cap wines.

CBS San Francisco reports that California’s drought is actually benefiting vineyards.

In the Guardian, Fiona Beckett recommends wines to give your dad for Father’s Day.

Daily Wine News: The Rise of Prosecco

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 06-18-2015

Along the Prosecco Wine Road (Flickr: Lorenzo Benetton alias apolide)

Along the Prosecco Wine Road (Flickr: Lorenzo Benetton alias apolide)

Alder Yarrow offers highlights from the 7% Solution Tasting, “one of the most interesting wine tasting events held each year in San Francisco and Healdsburg.”

In the World of Fine Wine, Michael Edwards takes a look at the rise and rise of Prosecco, and features the wines of Primo Franco, “the trailblazer for this cream of Prosecco di Valdobbiadene across world markets these past 40 years.”

In Wine-Searcher, W. Blake Gray comments on the recent sale of the Benziger brand to The Wine Group (also the makers of Franzia), and discusses how biodynamic wine is diving into the mainstream.

Matt Walls provides a review of Chapoutier 2014 Sélections Parcellaires on Tim Atkin MW’s website.

Can California do serious sparkling wine? In the San Francisco Chronicle, Jon Bonné says Michael Cruse is the guy helping to make it so.

In Wine Spectator, Mitch Frank thinks the continuing debate over “big fruit” wines and “elegant” wines is a destructive waste of energy.

“Chilean winemaker Aurelio Montes has planted an experimental vineyard close to the famous 15th century Inca site Machu Picchu in Peru’s Cusco region,” reports the Drinks Business.

Steve Heimoff does not agree that “the 100-point system is irrelevant.”

Gemma Price has tips for planning a trip to Paso Robles, “the fastest growing wine region in the U.S.” in the Guardian.

In VinePair, Batya Ungar-Sargon looks at how pregnancy impacts a somm’s career.

Daily Wine News: Wine List Obligations

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 06-17-2015

(Flickr: :: Wendy ::)

Should wine directors and sommeliers be including more local wines on their lists? (Flickr: :: Wendy ::)

In Wine Spectator, Matt Kramer wonders if wine directors and sommeliers have an obligation to feature local wines on their lists. “To winegrowers, local restaurants have an obligation to showcase their wines. After all, look at how chefs champion local ingredients… Aren’t wineries part of the locavore ethos? Aren’t local vineyards a fundamental part of food localism?”

Jonathan Lipsmeyer features Didier Barral, “winemaker, winegrower, and valiant defender of the ecosystem in the town of Lentheric, in Faugères (Languedoc, France).”

Tom Wark reviews Matt Kramer’s latest book, True Taste: The Seven Essential Wine Words. “He’s not trying to start a revolution. But he may be trying to nudge one along. After all, just read the title.”

According to Mirror, a 50-year-old man died after ordering a glass of wine and being served dishwater detergent by mistake in Spain.

In VinePair, Keith Beavers explains what you need to know about the newest legal development in the world of Italian wine: Chianti’s Gran Selezione designation.

Pennsylvania Senate (finally!) OKs wine home delivery.

Per and Britt Karlsson think the time has come for Portuguese wines in Forbes.

In the Sacramento Bee, Mike Dunne looks at the growing white zinfandel revival in Lodi, all thanks to “one gutsy vintner,” Michael McCay of McCay Cellards.

Daily Wine News: Where To Go Next?

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 06-16-2015


Andrew Jefford recommends you turn to Barolo next. (Flickr: Marcus Hansson)

“The 2014 Bordeaux en primeur campaign has failed…So where would you go? Napa is as expensive; the Douro isn’t quite on the radar yet; Rioja’s appeal is a different… there just isn’t enough great Burgundy to go around…” In Decanter, Andrew Jefford thinks Bordeaux lovers should turn to Barolo next.

“What’s holding wine back in America?” asks Alder Yarrow. “It’s easy to forget that wine is still a symbol in this country, a symbol laden with ideas of class, politics, and various other ideologies.”

“Domaine de la Mordorée’s Christophe Delorme Dies at 52,” reports Wine Spectator.

In the Financial Times, Hannah Kuchler on how Chinese buyers thirsty for profits and prestige are developing a taste for wineries in Napa.

“Mallorca is like the Galápagos of grapes.” In Palate Press, W. Blake Gray tells the story of Mallorcan wine.

On his blog, W. Blake Gray notices that Napa Cabs finally cross the $1,000 bottle line.

According to the Drinks Business, English sparkling wine producer Ridgeview is making a push to develop a market for its wines in the U.S.

Wine Folly offers a primer on Puglia wine.

In Wine-Searcher, “10 Things Every Wine Lover Should Know About Wynns Coonawarra Estate.”

Daily Wine News: Drawing Parallels

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 06-15-2015

Vermentino (Source: Wikimedia)

Vermentino (Source: Wikimedia)

“Sauvignon blanc has had an unbreakable grip on wine drinkers’ affections for so long that you wonder what it will take to dislodge it.” In the Guardian, Fiona Beckett has a hunch that there’s one wine that could do it: vermentino.

Jancis Robinson finds parallels between Champagne’s best growers and Burgundy’s best domaines, and recommends some of her current favorite growers’ Champagnes.

Michel Chapoutier talks biodynamics, the problems with natural wine and Robert Parker Jr. in Grape Collective.

The results of Decanter World Wine Awards 2015 are revealed.

In Details, Chloe Wyma looks at the rise of “brosé” and why more men are drinking pink wine than ever.

Will Lyons offers a guide on how to spend a long weekend in Madeira in the Wall Street Journal.

In Wine-Searcher, W. Blake Gray catches up the super group of Washington wine, Long Shadows, and calls them “The Avengers of Wine.”

Bloomberg Business reports “North American collectors bought 70 percent of Bordeaux 2014 wine futures transacted this year through Sotheby’s Wine.”

In the Napa Valley Register, Dan Berger debunks common wine myths.

According to Punch, “The Epic Wine List Is Not Dead.” Zachary Sussman visits New York’s Rebelle and reports on the “epic 81-page list.”

Wine Reviews: California Syrah

Posted by | Posted in Wine Reviews | Posted on 06-13-2015

The Rhone Rangers are coming to the District next week for a big shindig, and I can’t wait. The grand tasting offers up a chance to taste some 80 Rhone-inspired wines from 20-plus producers. To get the celebration started early, this week we’re looking at a bunch of California Syrahs.

I was very impressed with this whole lot (which includes wines from the 2009-2012 vintages). For my palate, the earthy, pepper, spicy Syrahs from Baker Lane took the cake, but I thoroughly enjoyed sipping all of these.

The wines were received as trade samples and tasted single blind. Read the rest of this entry »

Daily Wine News: Evaluating Potential

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 06-12-2015

(Flickr: dalecruse)

(Flickr: dalecruse)

In the New York Times, Eric Asimov taps into the potential of Campania’s falanghina. “The best falanghinas, I thought, have a lightness to them, a fragility that needed to be preserved…They are great values and for the most part can fill that spot on the bottom of the list that may otherwise go to insipid pinot grigios and the like.”

Aaron Ayscough of Not Drinking Poison in Paris visits Benoit Camus in Beaujolais and gets a “small peek into the life of a promising, eccentric winemaker at the semi-anonymous outset of his career.”

Should there be more restaurants at wineries? In Wine Enthusiast, Matt Kettmann questions how beneficial on-site eateries are for wineries and their guests.

Frustrated with official Soave rules, Pieropan has plowed its own furrow, W. Blake Gray discovers in Wine-Searcher.

In Grape Collective, Sommelier Carina Cooper from Sao Paulo has insight into Brazilians’ wine preferences.

The Drinks Business focuses on 2007 Rhône and how the best wines of the Rhône sometimes struggle to capitalize on their many strong points.

In Wine Spectator, Ben O’Donnell offers tips for drinking wine at the beach.

Have a good idea for a short, educational and entertaining video about wine? Submit it to Wine Spectator’s Ninth Annual Video Contest.

Daily Wine News: Summer Wines

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 06-11-2015

Rosé isn't the only answer for summer wine (Source: Wikimedia)

Rosé isn’t the only answer for summer wine (Source: Wikimedia)

In Decanter, Jane Anson wonders if Bordeaux has anything to learn from Napa when it comes to En Primeur. “For a start, Napa already seems to be where Bordeaux is heading; namely releasing only very tiny percentages of its overall wine through the futures programme. Only in Napa they are upfront about it.”

Howard G. Goldberg defends Bruce Shoenfeld’s “The Wrath of Grapes” article, saying it “is one of the topmost wine articles that I have ever encountered.”

Over the last half decade, rosé has become the official wine of summer. In Punch, Jon Bonné wants to know where all the other summer wines have gone.

Eater talks with Master Sommelier Brett Davis about what kind of red wine to drink during the summer.

On the blog for First Vine, Tom Natan notes that photos of food and wine don’t always work well as memory devices, and searches for the right wine app to replace his wine notebooks.

In the Sacramento Bee, Mike Dunne on Syrah’s prospects picking up in cooler settings.

Wine Folly offers tips on how to find great Soave.

“A dramatic three-year refit of Joseph Phelps Vineyards’ iconic St Helena headquarters will put the winery at the forefront of the booming Napa tourism business,” reports Adam Lechmere in Wine-Searcher.

Daily Wine News: Piedmont Reports

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 06-10-2015

The view of Barolo from La Morra (Wikimedia)

The view of Barolo from La Morra (Wikimedia)

“As Piedmont’s 2011 vintage follows the acclaimed 2010 into the market, producers and trade are getting behind a “more approachable”, if less consistent expression of this region,” says the Drinks Business.

Gregory Dal Piaz offers an early verdict on Barolo 2011: “It is magnificent… Magnificent: Impressively beautiful.”

In Decanter, Andrew Jefford delves into the Languedoc wine enclave of Limoux, “an island inside a continent.”

According to Los Angeles Magazine, wine coolers are cool again.

Mike Veseth, the wine economist, reviews Oz Clarke’s new book, History of Wine in 100 Bottles: From Bacchus to Bordeaux and Beyond.

British Columbia’s new pricing structure favors Canadian bottles, causing U.S. wine prices to jump, reports Wines & Vines. The new pricing structure took effect on April 1.

Scientists find that chimpanzees enjoy drinking wine, too — palm wine. “Never before have researchers documented repeated tippling by wild apes.”

And while we’re still on the subject of palm wine…Phil McCausland goes on the hunt for Myanmar’s elusive toddy palm wine in Eater.

Ron Washam (aka the satirist, The HoseMaster) pens “A Child’s Guide to Wine.”

Julie Ann Kodmur has gathered a roundup of reactions to Bruce Shoenfeld’s article in the New York Times Magazine called “The Wrath of Grapes.”

Katherine Cole on the unexpected pleasures of drinking wine from terra cotta in Punch.

Forget about winery dogs. The best barrel of wine is the one where you find the cat napping, says W. Blake Gray.

Sabrage: Almost as Impressive as a Keg Stand

Posted by | Posted in White's Wines | Posted on 06-09-2015

(Source: Champagne Agrapart et Fils)

(Source: Champagne Agrapart et Fils)

As regular readers know, I write a free, twice monthly wine column that’s distributed to newspapers across the country.

These columns are hosted by Grape Collective. If you don’t see my column in your local newspaper, please send an email to your paper’s editor and CC me (David – at – Terroirist.com).
In my latest column, I walk readers through the history of sabrage — and offer a how-to guide!

Sabrage: Almost as Impressive as a Keg Stand

Beer pong. Flip cup. Quarters. For beer guzzlers, there’s no shortage of ways to make drinking fun. Even if college is solidly in the rearview mirror, most of us can bank on one friend — or several — attempting to shotgun a beer at some point every summer.

Wine is more sophisticated. Oenophiles scoff at cans and red Solo cups and pooh-pooh drinking games — or at least that’s what we pretend.

But for wine enthusiasts, there’s one party trick that’s almost as impressive as a keg stand. It’s flamboyant yet distinguished, ostentatious yet noble. Sabrage, the ceremonial art opening Champagne with a sword, is always a hit. And it’s worth learning before your next barbecue.

Check out the rest of the piece on Grape Collective!