Daily Wine News: Tense and Unsmiling

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“Both teams had filled their rosters with only the most devoted competitors, training for months for this contest, doubtless the most prestigious of its kind in England and perhaps the world. They arrived early on the morning of the match, tense and unsmiling and prepared to compete.” In the New York Times, Scott Sayare writes about the 60th annual Oxford and Cambridge Varsity Blind Wine-Tasting Competition.

Sommelier Journal puts the spotlight on superstar sommelier Brooke Sabel, wine director at Ninety Acres Culinary Center at Natirar.

In response to “the predicted demise of his Wine Advocate empire,” Charles Olken wonders if the tasting note will survive. 

In Washington, Malbec has experienced explosive growth. But Andy Perdue of Great Northwest Wine isn’t convinced it’s “Washington’s next big grape.” 

In Appellation America, Roger King has posted a fantastic profile of Elkton, Oregon. 

“This spring, the coolest cocktail orders are premade libations from master mixologists. Cracking open a cold one just got a whole lot sexier.” Details has the details 

It’s been about a year since Rudy Kurniawan was arrested by the FBI. This week in New York, federal prosecutors argued for a June trial date. 

In the days leading up to Premiere Napa Valley, one of the most anticipated events was a conversation about American Viticultural Areas featuring Tim Mondavi, Jeff Morgan, Beth Novak Milliken, Aaron Pott, David Ramey, Jeff Smith, and Benoit Touquette. A full video of the conversation is now up.

According to Kyle Schlachter, “emerging regions like Colorado” can learn quite a bit from the Napa Valley Vintners.  from learning how to host similarly successful events.

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