Daily Wine News: Tastemakers

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Wine Enthusiast names 40 tastemakers under 40 “who are changing the way the world drinks.” Big congratulations to Jasmine Hirsch, Hardy Wallace, and everyone else who made the list!

“The Highway 12 corridor, a ribbon through the core of Sonoma Valley, tells the story of California’s life in vine.” From Jon Bonné, a great essay on the history — and future — of Sonoma.

Lily-Elaine Hawk Wakawaka tastes through 25 examples of North American Pinot Noir that offer vibrancy, tension, and acidity.  

Wine Business reports that “the historic Mayacamas Vineyards, located near the top of Mount Veeder in the Napa Valley, has been acquired by Charles and Ali Banks. Tyler Colman has more. 

“The proceeds from this sale will be reinvested in more modest wines, and the excess will be returned to the state budget.” On Tuesday, the official residence of French president François Hollandehe announced plans to auction off 1,200 bottles of its finest wines, representing about 10 percent of the cellar.  

“It seems counterintuitive for companies to take their employees somewhere where the alcohol begins to flow even before lunch is served. But wineries around the world are increasingly accommodating businesses asking for meeting space, catering and even wine-making lessons for their workers.” From the New York Times, “a sampler of vineyards offering corporate retreats.” 

“There’s no escaping the fact that California continues to be basically a chocolate-vanilla-strawberry state when it comes to red and white wine. And that’s a situation unlikely to change anytime soon.” Steve Heimoff takes a close look at the 2012 California Grape Acreage Report. 

In Eater Austin, Andrea Grimes offers some post Austin Food & Wine Fest observations.  

Carey Sweet reports that “Foodshed [is] taking over Francis Ford Coppola’s former Napa restaurant.”

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