Daily Wine News: Just Plain Odd

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 12-03-2013

forlorn hope 1“With far more passion than pretense, Rorick currently reigns as the champion of the forgotten, the neglected, and the just-plain-odd grape varieties that have until recently remained hidden amongst California’s vast fields of the predictable.” Alder Yarrow writes about “The Remarkable Wines of Matthew Rorick.”

Alder Yarrow has launched a KickStarter campaign to fund “a coffee table book of amazing photographs about the flavors and aromas that make wine magical.”

“It’s been a boon literary year for wine lovers.” Eric Asimov explains

“He has reminded us that we need no special occasion to open a special bottle. The bigger the better.” In Palate Press, Evan Dawson explains how Michael Madrigale’s “big bottle” program at Bar Boulud “Became One of the Hottest Wine Programs in the Country.”

Elin McCoy names her ten most memorable wines of 2013.

Cyril Penn attends Peter Mondavi Sr.’s 99th birthday party.

“Critics say the new rules, which apply to the entire wine region north of the city of Ensenada, could destroy all that.” In Mexico, a zoning change could have a significant impact on “the agricultural heart of northwestern Mexico” and its wine industry.

In Champagne, “somewhere in the middle” of marquee brands like LVMH and the small-grower producers are “a handful of venerable family-owned brands, including… Bollinger and Pol Roger.” In the Wall Street Journal, Jay McInerney explains why he loves these two houses.

“Neither is necessarily “better,” but isn’t it grand to live in a world where we have choices?” Bill Ward, meanwhile, explains why he loves grower Champagnes.

Antonio Galloni attends a tasting of wines from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.

Aaron Nix-Gomez and Erin Scala publish six essays in response to their “Open Invitation For Posts about Wine and the Sea.” Check them out!

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