Lettie Teague in The Wall Street Journal discovers wine professionals use social media. "Sommeliers share photos of sought-after bottles on Instagram; educators offer tips via YouTube videos; on Facebook, oenophiles share stories of visits to famous vineyards; wine merchants tweet news of tastings and sales."
The Napa Valley Register on how to pass wine exams. "A novice taking all these classes would learn an enormous amount. Forty percent of the students I teach are in the wine industry, in marketing or cellar masters who know what they are doing in their wineries."
Food and Wine on the mother, daughter team behind Château Margaux. “When we were kids, my mother brought us to the harvest. We were tasting wine when we were young,” Alexandra recalls of her early memories at the winery."
The Drinks Business reports that The Wine Spectator has been banned from New Jersey prisons. "The exclusion of the magazine from prisons in New Jersey was uncovered by the magazine amid the furore over the state’s decision to ban The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness – a book by Michelle Alexander, a civil rights litigator and legal scholar – which discusses race-related issues specific to African-American males and mass incarceration in the United States on the premise that “mass incarceration is, metaphorically, the New Jim Crow”.
Seven Fifty Daily on why regionality is key to Chile's wine success. "The wine industry in Chile has historically been dominated by large companies, which grow bigger and stronger every year, but a fracture has appeared in that model."