Wine news April 22, 2015

New York Times Wine Club members dry in New York State reports the Albany Times Union. "Attorney Joseph Ascoli, who represents the California-based importer Global Wine Co. Inc., said the suspension was due to the loss of the services of the club's in-state wholesaler and its retailer, who canceled their contracts in January because the State Liquor Authority had expressed concern about the club's compliance with state Alcoholic Beverage Control Law."

In Quartz, the head of China's top wine brand admits his wine is terrible. "Ning Gaoning, the chairman of Cofco, the state-owned grain company that operates China’s biggest wine producer, told a conference in Switzerland what Chinese oenophiles have long known: its wines are “not very good.”

In the Los Angeles Times, Jose Andres brings Goliath bottles to Vegas. "Some may have even come across a Salmanazar (12 bottles), Balthazar (16 bottles) or Nebuchadnezzar (20 bottles) lurking in the corner of a winemaker's cellar somewhere in Europe. But a Goliath that holds the equivalent of 36 bottles of wine?"

In Bloomberg, how to judge a great wine list. "Just as an exciting food menu reflects the specific talents of a great chef, an exciting wine list has to ooze personality and a distinct point of view."

Bustle describes four types of Hillary Clinton speeches and creates a wine pairing for each one of them. "Wine pairing: A speech that rallies women around the world to keep fighting for equality requires an inspirational wine with bright flavors and a sweet finish."

In the Wine Enthusiast, the wines of Catalonia.

Zachary Sussman in Winesearcher on how online wine auctions are wooing new collectors.