The New York Times on five wine books for the holidays. "In Vino” examines the story of Rudy Kurniawan, a wine collector of mysterious wealth and origin, who fooled a coterie of even wealthier collectors along with covetous hangers-on, bilking them all with fraudulent bottles of rare, old wines, many of which he created in his kitchen."
Conde Nast Traveler reviews Jon Bonné's new book. "Wine is almost never priced for the exact value of what’s in the bottle. A lot of opaque economics—from the cost of vineyard land to a region’s reputation—get in the way. And, of course, fair value is in the eye of the drinker."
The Napa Valley Register on the wines of Cariñena Spain. " Located in the heart of the Ebro Valley, between Barcelona and Madrid, in Spain’s northeast region of Aragón, Cariñena is the birthplace of the garnacha grape and the second oldest wine region in Spain after Rioja, receiving its DO status in 1932."
The Spectator profiles Lizzy Rudd the new chairman of Berry Bros and Rudd. "Lizzy is taking over from Simon Berry, a gregarious and much-loved figure in the wine world. She speaks of him with genuine fondness. The Berrys and the Rudds have taken turns to run their shared family business for decades — ever since Lizzy’s grandfather, a German wine specialist, got involved in the business a 100 years ago."
Decanter on robot vineyard workers in Bordeaux. "Baron Philippe de Rothschild’s MD, Philippe Dhalluin, said, ‘We see robotics as an effective solution for the future."