Column: Love by the Glass
The island of bone-white buildings topped with striking blue domes is home to some of the oldest original vineyards in Europe.
Discover Naoussa, one of the oldest wine regions in Greece and home to the Xinomavro grape.
With approximately 920 hectares of land under vine and 160 winemakers, Saint-Joseph is the second largest appellation in the northern Rhône, just behind Crozes-Hermitage.
Wine RegionNickolaus Hines on 8/2/2015
The island of bone-white buildings topped with striking blue domes is home to some of the oldest original vineyards in Europe. read more »
Grape VarietiesJoshua Aranda on 7/31/2015
What did Roussanne ever do to you? read more »
Wine RegionNickolaus Hines on 7/28/2015
Discover Naoussa, one of the oldest wine regions in Greece and home to the Xinomavro grape. read more »
Wine AccessoriesNickolaus Hines on 7/27/2015
A wine glass won’t change a wine, but it can certainly dress it up. read more »
Wine newsChristopher Barnes on 7/27/2015
The Guardian on the top 10 bike friendly wine routes.
Alfonso Cevola on Sardegna and wine - a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. "Whereas Sicily is a cornucopia of flavors and styles, the Sardinian wine that does escape the island and come to other ports seems restricted and even more conservative. One or two red grapes and one or two white. Maybe three."
Bloomberg on the wine investment market seeing a relative calm.
CNBC on "a new crop of wine lenders has started offering collectors cash for up to 60 percent of the value of their collections, with relatively low interest rates."
The New York Times takes on wine lending as well.
Metro.co.uk on why the Japanese are taking wine baths.
Andrew Jefford in Decanter on the story of how "Louis Latour sells around two million bottles of its Ardèche Chardonnay wines every year."
The Drinks Business on forest fires in Bordeaux.
Jancis Robinson on the incredible story of former South African freedom fighter turned winemaker Vernon Henn. "ernon (left) is sceptical about some of the 20-odd black-owned wine companies in South Africa. 'Some of them are virtual companies, buying a white-produced wine and putting a black label on it. There's no control over quality for them."read more »
Wine RegionRachael Doob on 7/26/2015
With approximately 920 hectares of land under vine and 160 winemakers, Saint-Joseph is the second largest appellation in the northern Rhône, just behind Crozes-Hermitage. read more »
Wine newsChristopher Barnes on 7/24/2015
Lettie Teague of The Wall Street Journal visits Bottle King in NJ in search of bargains. "I’ve found wines from sought-after Burgundy producers like Pierre Yves Colin Morey, Loire Valley stars like Domaine Huet and Olga Raffault as well as plenty of top Chateauneuf du Pape estates and an array of Italian, Spanish and of course top California Cabernets—New Jersey is a California-centric state."
Lettie Teague has been busy, here she looks at the restaurant reserve wine list. "Every time I see a reserve wine list I think ‘If you really want to get ripped off, here you go,’ ” said Joe Bastianich in a recent phone call."
Eater asks are American's doing the wine bar thing right? "Firstly, these bars embrace a casual attitude toward drinking, and a propensity to drink a lot—one of the oft-cited reasons for imbibing sulfur-free wine is that it doesn’t cause as much of a hangover. Also, these bars are typically tiny and intimate."
Fox asks how is drought affecting wine grapes?
The Washington Post on how residents are turning their basements into stunning wine cellars.
In Vinography on the lost treasures of the Sierra Foothills. "The story of how these amazing bottles came to be gathering dust instead of adorning the wine lists of America's finest restaurants is as strange as it is remarkable. It begins with a man named Robert Earl Burton, a charismatic spiritual teacher who founded an organization known as the Fellowship of Friends."
Punch on midsummer rosé under $25.
Eric Asimov in the New York Times on Brunello di Montalcino's balancing act. "I believe that the best examples of Brunello di Montalcino are among the world’s greatest wines, a belief that was made even stronger by a recent tasting of some old vintages of Biondi-Santi, perhaps the greatest of all Brunello producers, but one whose style was roundly assailed in the 1990s and the first decade of this century."
Note: Due to travel the wine news summary will be on break next week.read more »
Wine newsChristopher Barnes on 7/23/2015
Jane Anson in Decanter on Miraval and the fight for Provence. "’I'm honestly not making this up when I tell you that the guard asked me to repeat my name at the front gate. ‘Aniston?’. ‘No, Anson."
Champagne yields are the lowest in a decade reports Winesearcher. "All in all, the yield has been deliberately set low with the confidence that there are enough bottles in stock to pre-empt a sudden spike in sales. This is in line with the traditional approach; appellation limits have always been set in line with future sales and stock predictions. "
The Drinks Business reports that US public has yet to embrace buying wine online. "The study found that 58.5 million regular wine drinkers in the US used the net for wine research and 30 million had made online recommendations on forums, but less than 10 million actually bought wine online."
Winefolly on Friuli-Venezia Giulia. " Friuli recently made top 10 most coveted Italian red wines, thanks to cult winemaker Pontoni from winery Miani (with the local red variety Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso)"
Jon Bonné in Punch on Champagne's rebel south. "And yet, for a century, this southernmost outpost of Champagne has existed in a world apart, as concerned with its cattle and cheeses as the grapes it dutifully ships north to Champagne barons, usually at cut-rate prices."read more »
Wine newsChristopher Barnes on 7/22/2015
Eater on the impact of Greek debt on Greek wine. "Greek wineries face different challenges depending on their size; some are content selling in the domestic market and to tourists, Greek tourism having remained strong. "We haven't seen a drop in domestic sales," says Stellios Boutaris of the Kir-Yianni Winery in northern Greece."
W.Blake Gray says go to Greece.
Also in Eater how American dining influenced Burgundy's ascendancy over Bordeaux. "Today, vineyard prices in Burgundy are at an all time high and still rising, while the Bordeaux market is so flat that English wine writer Jancis Robinson, who has covered the wines of Bordeaux for close to four decades, recently summed up the region's limp sales by noting that "the last four en primeur [Bordeaux] campaigns have been damp squibs."
Business Insider on 35 wine tasting terms and what they actually mean." Slutty: Denotes a lot of new oak influence."
In the Washington Post the chemistry that makes your wine taste good or bad."Some scientists estimate that a single glass of wine contains thousands of different chemical compounds."
After 40 years Chicago Tribune wine columnist Bill St. John retires. "I learned, finally, that wine is a metaphor for life, from the moment the bud breaks on the vine in spring, through the rains of summer and the orange sunshine of harvest, until the grape becomes another self which, too, grows and changes and matures."
Vice on why Slovenia is too shy to tell you how great its wines are. "Growing on the wall of a small house on the banks of the river Drava in Slovenia’s second city of Maribor, is the world’s oldest vine. The 400-year-old plant has survived a blight of phylloxera that wiped out vines across Europe, two world wars, late 20th century industrialisation, and squatters who chopped down its branches to burn in winter."
Jamie Goode on Randall Grahm's Indiegogo crowdfunding effort.
The Wine Economist talks Prosecco.read more »
CrowdfundingChristopher Barnes on 7/21/2015
Randall Grahm is launching a crowdfunding initiative on Indiegogo to raise money for the establishment an experimental vineyard, Popelouchum, in San Juan Bautista. read more »
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