Daily Wine News: Accessible Bordeaux

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 01-13-2021

The first growths of Bordeaux used to be off limits to most wine lovers. Now Prince Robert of Luxembourg, owner of Haut-Brion et al, is leading a charge to make the region’s riches more accessible. Guy Woodward has the story in Club Oenologique.

Sheep grazing in a Champagne vineyard used by Moët & Chandon to trial eco-friendly viticulture have reportedly been stolen, reports Chris Mercer in Decanter.

On Monday, the US Supreme Court declined to hear Lebamoff v. Whitmer, a wine-shipping case from Michigan that now throws into question again whether or not states can discriminate against out-of-state retail stores, reports W. Blake Gray in Wine-Searcher.

Terry Thiese remembers the late Howard G. Goldberg. “There were many things to admire about Howard, and they will be properly cited in the obituaries to come, but Howard’s sweetness becomes woven into a kind of ecstatic spell in which I suddenly remember many moments of sweetness with men at various times.”

“Right now, when there is more danger of frustration and anger over mobs, over culture, over ideologies and over the future bubbling into violence, wine and its ability to connect us might be a proper focus,” writes Tom Wark. “The pleasure that wine gives and the intellectual satisfaction wine provides might be a path toward turning the volume down.”

In Wine Enthusiast, Caroline Hatchett looks at the word-of-mouth wine community created by Chinatown BYOBs in New York City, and wonders whether it can survive the pandemic.

Eric Guido offers notes on the past three vintages of Rosso di Montalcino (2017, 2018, and 2019) in Vinous.

In VinePair, Nicole MacKay charts the effects of the Judgment of Paris.

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