Daily Wine News: Outrageous Behavior

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Fulvio Bressan.

Fulvio Bressan.

“What is a wine lover to do in the face of such outrageous behavior? Can we separate the wines from their maker?” Alder Yarrow asks an important question in light of winemaker Fulvio Bressan’s offensive Facebook rant against Italy’s first African-Italian government minister, Cécile Kyenge.

“‘The ultimate loser is going to be the wine consumers of New York. That’s the bottom line, and consumers aren’t aware.'” In Wine Spectator, Robert Taylor chats with Daniel Posner, owner of Grapes the Wine Co. and president of the National Association of Wine Retailers, about New York’s apparent decision to crack down on its law against retailer shipping.

In the Wall Street Journal Europe, Will Lyons contends that “Rhône wines shouldn’t be over-intellectualized but enjoyed.”

“In pure terroir terms, then, Napa may possess even more complex mechanisms than either Bordeaux or Burgundy.” In the Financial Times, Andrew Jefford profiles the Napa Valley.

“Buyers of anything have to have the willingness and the capacity to buy.” Some sage advice from Silicon Valley Bank’s Rob McMillan.

“It’s All about Knowing How to Begin.” Tim Gaiser MS writes a wonderful essay on wine evaluation.

On Tim Atkin’s blog, The Secret Wine Merchant wonders if “the customer always right.”

Club W chats with one of the greatest winemakers I know, Birk O’Halloran of Iconic Wine. (As regular readers know, I profiled Birk back in May.)

“Despite its minor ups and downs, this will be the 19th year of consecutive growth for California’s wine industry.” John Gillespie, president of the Wine Market Council, “credits the changes to what he calls ‘the casualization’ of wine, demystifying what many considered an intimidating drink meant for sophisticated palates.

In the North Bay Business Journal, Jeff Quackenbush chats with Tony Correia, “a go-to expert” for those in California who want to know how much their wineries and vineyards are worth.

In the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Bill Ward urges his readers to let the back label “do the work for you.”

Fred Swan reviews the Coravin.

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