Wine news January 12, 2015

Lettie Teague in The Wall Street Journal asks can Cote du Rhone ever be sexy?

Jancis Robinson calls Burgundy 2013 far from opulent but fresh and focused. "And as many a top grower pointed out to me, it is only where yields were really low that the fruit was able to reach anything like full ripeness."

Andy Purdue in the Seattle Times calls Charles Smith the Mark Cuban of wine. "At 650,000 cases of wine per year, Smith is responsible for producing more wine than every Washington company except two: Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and Precept Wine."

In other Charles Smith news, W.Blake Gray says that Smith dropped a lawsuit against anonymous commenters on this blog who posted comments he didn't like.

Tom Wark comments on and E & J Gallo survey that states 66% of wine is mixed with fruit or fruit juice by drinkers in the 25-40 year old range.

Forbes provides a homage to Bandol. "The secret of Bandol reds is the perfect marriage of the Mourvedre grape, which combines a Cabernet-like elegance with a rustic charm, the warm Mediterranean sun, and low yields from poor, rocky soil. "

Palate Press asks do handpicked grapes make for better wine?

Winesearcher on Château Mouton-Rothschild's Commercial Directors' comments that Bordeaux has to win back the American audience.

In the Washington Post wine trade group lobbies on FDA calorie rule. "It costs about $500 per wine to conduct testing for detailed calorie information, said Michael Kaiser, director of public affairs for WineAmerica."

In the New York Post, non-alcoholic wines are hot but do they taste good? "One of the hottest areas in the drinking world is alcohol-free tipples: Sales of non-alcoholic wine in the US jumped 5.6 percent to nearly $100 million from November 2013 to November 2014, according to Nielsen."