In Wine Enthusiast, Kerin O’Keefe explores the beauty of Barbaresco and offers and comprehensive guide to the communes and bottles to know. “The recent fascination with Nebbiolo and Piedmont has further shined a light on the denomination…”
Jeremy Parzen reports on the “Nebbiolo war,” and shares a statement made by Barolo-Barbaresco-Alba consortium president Orlando Pecchenino: “Inclusion of Nebbiolo in the Piemonte DOC has been definitively shelved.”
W. Blake Gray recently wrote about the Wine Advocate releasing its first sake ratings since 1998. Now, he’s noticed a curious situation: all sakes rated 90 and above come from a single exporter, and he wonders about the connection between the two.
Chad Melville makes an interesting connection between music and wine: “Someday, I’m hoping to explain things like vintage variation to my kids, using the Grateful Dead as a device for analogy… Oftentimes, the structure will change according to vintage. But, no matter what, I can always go back and recognize the Terraces signature.”
In Munchies, Johanna Derry visits Fajã dos Padres, a vineyard enclave on the island of Madeira, and discovers the sweet Madeira wine called “Malmsey.”
James Molesworth visits Julien Pilon in Condrieu in Wine Spectator.
Forbes considers the usefulness of wine ratings and explores whether they are good for wine investment.